Session 1 – Long-distance signaling

  • Sally Mackenzie, Pennsylvania State University, Sensory plastid induction of epigenetic reprogramming in response to abiotic stress
  • Byung-Kook Ham, University of Saskatchewan, Role of phloem-mediated long-distance signaling under nutrient-limited stress conditions

Session 2 – The path: Phloem structure, biochemistry, and physiology

  • Kirsten Knox, University of Edinburgh, Illuminating the translocation stream
  • Rozenn Le Hir, INRA-IJPB, Looking deep inside the phloem and xylem cell wall composition by Synchrotron FTIR and Raman spectroscopy
  • Kaare Jensen, Technical University of Denmark, Controlling intercellular flow through mechanosensitive plasmodesmata nanopores

Session 3 – The path: Xylem structure, biochemistry, and physiology

  • Yael Grunwald, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Blue light increases leaf hydraulic conductance via xylem acidification
  • Aleksandra Słupianek, University of Wroclaw, Seasonal changes in the intensity of intercellular transport in wood

Session 4 – Plasmodesmata structure-function

  • Grayson Ostermeyer, University of Washington, Modeling the Root Protophloem Unloading Network
  • Andrea Paterlini, Sainsbury Laboratory, Sphingolipids influence plasmodesmata ultrastructure, cell wall and cell-cell transport

Session 5 – Source to sink transport

  • Johannes Liesche, Northwest A&F University, Acclimation and adaptation of phloem loading through regulation of sucrose transporter AtSUC2
  • Brian Ayre, University of North Texas, Domesticated cotton (Gossypium spp.) phloem loads from the apoplast using a single member of its nine-member sucrose transporter gene family
  • Jess Gersony, Harvard University, Carbon export patterns in relation to diurnal and seasonal carbon and water dynamics in red oak leaves

Session 6 – Developmental regulation: vascular patterning and function

  • Anthony Bishopp, University of Notingham, A core mechanism for specifying root vascular pattern can replicate the anatomical variation seen in diverse plant species
  • Ondrej Smetana, University of Helsinki, Origin and growth of vascular cambium in Arabidopsis root
  • Margaret Frank, Cornell University, Missed connection: understanding the molecular basis for graft-incompatibility in “Pepmato” and “Tomepper”

Session 7 – Developmental regulation: xylem and phloem specification and differentiation

  • Elisabeth Truernit, ETH Zurich, An update on the role of OCTOPUS-LIKE genes in plant vascular development
  • Moritz Graeff, University of Lausanne, Developing phloem orchestrates plant organ formation through intersection of brassinosteroid and CLE peptide signals
  • Emilie Aubry, INRA-IJPB, Importance of sugar homeostasis within xylem parenchyma cells to sustain xylem development

Session 8 – Regulatory mechanisms of vascular transport

  • Ben Babst, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Sugar Loading Is Not Required For Phloem Sap Flow In Maize Plants
  • Chao Xia, Purdue University, Elucidation of the Mechanisms of Long-Distance mRNA Movement in a Nicotiana benthamiana/Tomato and a Canola/Arabidopsis Heterograft System

Session 9 – Cell biology and biophysics of vascular transport

  • Daniella Rodriguez-Zaccaro, University of California Davis, The genetic regulation of vessel anatomical traits in hybrid poplar
  • Alí Segovia-Rivas, Instituto de Biología UNAM, Plant height and hydraulics across climatic gradients in Viburnum

Session 10 – Vascular transport and patterning under environmental stress

  • Michitaka Notaguchi, Nagoya University, Study on the mechanism of Nicotiana interfamily grafting
  • Karen Kloth, Wageningen University, Getting beyond the parietal layer – phloem-based resistance to (a)biotic stress