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Date: August 24th/25th 2021

We are happy to announce the 2nd International Plant Immunity Symposium organized by the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2172 taking place as an online symposium on August 24th and 25th 2021. We invite everybody who is interested in plant-pathogen interactions to join us in this online event.

The IRTG 2172 Plant Responses To Eliminate Critical Threats (PRoTECT) is a DFG funded collaborative training program for graduate students between research groups working at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. After a successful first cohort, a very promising second cohort of doctoral students started in 2019.

The IRTG investigates plant-microbe interactions and their impacts on plant immunity with the focus on three key areas: barriers, signal transduction, and metabolites. Although plants react differently to the attack of discrete stress factors and environmental changes, almost all reactions come along with adaptations of signaling pathways which finally lead to proteomic and metabolomics changes. To generate knowledge on pathways involved in defensive reactions like systemic acquired resistance, different model systems are analyzed on molecular, as well as macroscopic level.

Confirmed invited speaker are:

• Sébastien Duplessis - INRA, Nancy, France
• Aardra Kachroo - University of Kentucky, USA
• Regine Kahmann - MPI of Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany
• Jacqueline Monaghan - Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
• Ralph Panstruga - Aachen University, Germany
• Tina Romeis - Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany
• Anton Schäffner - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
• Eva Stukenbrock - University of Kiel, Germany
• Bart Thomma - University of Cologne, Germany
• Guido van den Ackerveken - Utrecht University, Netherlands
• Mary Williams - Features Editor, The Plant Cell, American Society of Plant Biologists


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