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2012 NSLS/CFN Joint Users' Meeting

Workshop 7: Applications of Synchrotron Techniques in Plant Biology

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Organizer(s): Tony Lanzirotti, University of Chicago, Lanzirotti@uchicago.edu, Tracy Pushon, Darmouth College, tracy.punshon@dartmouth.edu

Location: Berkner Hall, Bldg. 488, Conf. Rm. A


Within the past five years there has been an explosion of new research from the plant biology community utilizing synchrotron light sources. This research group is one of the most rapidly growing new communities at these facilities worldwide, utilizing a broad range of synchrotron based methods including both hard and soft X-ray micro and nanoprobes, synchrotron FTIR based spectroscopies, X-ray absorption spectroscopic and tomographic techniques, full-field imaging methods, small/wide-angle scattering and macromolecular crystallography. The new application of these methods to plant systems is providing us pioneering research that has broad implications for agriculture, environmental science, clean energy technologies, and human health. These methods are being applied with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution, often in-vivo. Some examples include studies of plant genomics and its interplay with metal homeostasis and ionomics, understanding the basic chemical reactions and dynamics of photosystems , improving crop yields for biofuel production or improving food stocks, phytoremediation, imaging of ancient plant species, macromolecular studies in understanding fundamental plant functions or in mitigating plant diseases, and numerous others. This workshop will bring together leading plant biologists that are currently utilizing synchrotron based methods to discuss their scientific research.

StartsEndsList of Speakers
9:00 AM9:10 AM Antonio Lanzirotti, University of Chicago
"Welcoming Statements"
9:10 AM9:40 AM Catherine Ronning, Dept. of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research
9:40 AM10:10 AM Peiqiang Yu, University of Saskatchewan
"The Synchrotron (SR-IMS) as a Research Tool for Plant, Seed and Feed Science Research"
10:10 AM10:40 AM Ryan Tappero, Brookhaven National Laboratory
"Shining light on metal homeostasis in hyperaccumlator plants with X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe"
10:40 AM11:00 AM Coffee Break, -
Workshop Participants
11:00 AM11:30 AM Selena Smith, University of Michigan
"Using Synchrotron X-ray Tomography to Understand Ancient Plant Diversity and Ecology"
11:30 AM12:00 PM David Tiede, Argonne National Laboratory
"Measuring Structure and Dynamics of Biomimetic Photosynthetic Assemblies using X-ray Scattering and Pair Distribution Analyses"
12:00 PM1:15 PM Lunch *, -
Workshop Participants
1:15 PM1:45 PM Tracy Punshon, Dartmouth College
"SXRF Imaging and Ionomics"
1:45 PM2:15 PM Chang-Jun Liu, Brookhaven National Laboratory
"From Synchrotron Light Source to the Better Lignocellulosic Biomass"
2:15 PM2:35 PM Coffee Break, -
2:35 PM3:05 PM Kirk Scheckel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
"Human Health Impacts of Toxic Elements and Deficient Nutrients in Plants"
3:05 PM3:35 PM Yuhang Chen, Columbia University
"Structural Analysis of SLAC1-family Anion Channel Activity"
3:35 PM4:00 PM Lisa Miller, Brookhaven National Laboratory
"NSLS-2 and opportunities for Plant Research"
4:00 PM4:15 PM Tracy Punshon, Dartmouth College
"Closing Statements"
4:15 PM  Workshop Adjourns, -