Our second field was planted by Pablo, Carolyn, Lindy, Leslie, Ricardo and McKenzie today. Hopefully El Nino won't cause trouble during dry-down.
Pablo just passed the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology written exam!
Christopher Hoyt did an amazing job over the past 10 weeks using a mathematical modeling approach to predict the ideal division plane and to compare it with data from images he took on the confocal microscope. He had a lot of great discussion about his poster. You will be missed in the lab Chris!
Although it was incredibly hot and we had several near miss incidents with wasps, we harvested our summer field today. Thanks to Ricardo, McKenzie, Leslie, Pablo, Lindy and Leo for your hard work.
Carolyn's favorite talks, in no particular order were 1) Mike Nuccio's recent work on drought tolerance using trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase specifically in developing ears to produce more sucrose during drought stress 2) Jenny Russinova's gorgeous multi-pronged approach to understanding receptor mediated endocytosis 3) Chris Topp's automated non-invasive root and shoot imaging and the role of root architecture in yield 4) Magdalena Bezanilla's quantitative live cell imaging approach to determine the role Myosin VIII in division and tip growth 5) Takeshi Yoshihara's analysis of LAZY genes in branching 6) Xinnian Dong's identification of a relationship between the circadian clock and plant immune responses 7) Julia Bailey-Serres' beautiful work on the strategies and balancing acts required for flooding tolerance 8) Andreas Nebenführ's elegant talk on pollen myosins and ..... so many more ....
It was a fantastic meeting with two (fixable) problems: the poster sessions got short shrift and minisymposia with similar topic areas overlapped.