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Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

2016-2017 Plant Sciences Seminars

Plant Sciences Seminars meet at 9:00 am on Thursdays (unless otherwise noted below), in room 2057 King Life Sciences Building on the FSU campus in Tallahassee, Florida. They are open to the public.


Fall Series

  • September 15: Dr. George Bates, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    A surprising new twist in the lichen symbiosis: discussion of Spribelle et al.(2016), Basidiomycete yeasts in the cortex of ascomycete macrolichens, Science 353:488

  • September 22: Dr. Hank Bass, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Plant nuclear calcium oscillations help to establish microbial symbiosis: a discussion of Science, 2016 May 27;352(6289):1102-5. doi: 10.1126/science.aae0109

  • September 29: Dr. Kathryn M. Jones, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Still bacteria after all these years: Moss Chloroplasts are surrounded by a peptidoglycan wall containing D-amino acids. A discussion of Hirano et al. (2016) Plant Cell 28:1521–1532

  • October 6: Dr. Laura R. Keller, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    The evolution of cell division: from streptophyte algae to land plants

  • October 20: Dr. Oghenekome U. Onokpise, Department of Agriculture and Food Science, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
    Xylogenesis: implications for pulp and paper production

  • November 3: Dr. Marta Sena-Velez, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Extracellular DNA as a plant infection barrier and how bacteria overcome it, a discussion of: Tran TM, MacIntyre A, Hawes M, Allen C (2016), PLoS Pathog 12(6): e1005686. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005686

  • November 10: Sean D. Jackson, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Telomere stability and development of ctc1 mutants are rescued by inhibition of EJ recombination pathways in a telomerase-dependent manner: discussion of Amiard et al., 2014. Nucleic Acids Research 42: 11979-91

  • November 17: Jason Lynn, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    The role of small interfering RNA in trans-generational epigenetic inheritance: discussion of Greaves et al., (2016): PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1613623113

  • December 1: Katherine Easterling, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Meiotic chromosomal ring formation in evening primroses

  • December 8: Hardeep Gumber, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Role of nucleoporin CPR5 in plant defense

Spring Series

  • January 26: Dr. George Bates, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Genetic modification of nonphotochemical quenching speeds photosynthesis and increases plant yields: discussion of Kromdijk et al. (2016) Science 354:857-861

  • February 2: Dr. Sophie Mccoy, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    The past, present, and future of carbon acquisition pathways in algae

  • February 9: Katherine Easterling, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Structural heterozygosity of meiotic chromosomes in Californian tarweeds (Genus: Calycadenia, family: Asteraceae)

  • February 23: Dr. Hank W. Bass, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Evolution of the perfect, bisexual flower

  • March 2: Sean Jackson, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Dynamic interactions of Arabidopsis TEN1: stabilizing telomeres in response to heat stress. A discussion of Lee et al. (2016) Plant Cell 28: 2212 - 2224

  • March 9: Lauren Schulte, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Arabidopsis Pol IV and V are required to establish H3K9 methylation on geminivirus chromatin

  • March 16:
    Spring Break, no seminar

  • March 23: Hardeep Gumber, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Myosin-driven transport network in plants

  • March 30: James Preston, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Facilitated exploitation of pollination mutualisms: fitness consequences for plants: a discussion of Richman et al., 2017. J Ecology, 105, 188-196

  • April 6: Jason Lynn, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Transgenerational epigenetic changes mediate adaptation to drought in rice

  • April 13: Stefania Vendramin Alegre, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    Mitochondrial Complex II is regulated by ABA and bZIP53 and involved in germination and seedling establishment

  • April 20: Dr. Gokhan Hacisalihoglu, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee FL
    Exploring nutritional ionomics and seed and other complex trait phenotyping in Fabaceae

  • April 27: Zachary Turpin, Department of Biological Science, FSU
    The role of Tre6P and SnRK1 in maize early kernel development and events leading to stress-induced kernel abortion