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WVU to host American Society of Plant Biologists Midwest Meeting March 16-17

Plant biology

Plant biologists from across the country will be on the West Virginia University campus March 16-17 for the annual American Society of Plant Biologists Midwest Meeting.

The meeting provides scientists at all career stages and diverse positions opportunities to discuss research efforts, teaching programs, funding scenarios, career designs and other topics influencing plant biology. It also allows them to meet, mingle and network in a relaxed setting.

Scientists from 15 states will be in attendance. Faculty, graduate and undergraduate researchers from the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will be among those discussing their research during poster and oral presentations.

The meeting runs from 8 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. on Sat., March 16, and from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Sun., March 17. All events will be held in the Agricultural Sciences and South Agricultural Sciences Buildings.

Elizabeth Haswell, associate professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University, will deliver the keynote address at 4:45 p.m. on March 16.

The event will feature three additional speakers:
  • Gregg Howe, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University, will present “Plant immunity to insect herbivores: The dilemma to grow or defend” at 8:15 a.m. on March 16.
  • Steve DiFazio, professor of biology at WVU, will present “Sex in the Salicaceae” at 2:30 p.m. on March 16.
  • Jean-Michel Ane, professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, will present “Discoveries to improve nitrogen fixation in cereals” at 10 a.m. on March 17.
All lectures will take place in 1021 South Agricultural Sciences Building.

To register to attend, please visit the ASPB website.

For more information, contact Michael Gutensohn, conference chair and assistant professor of horticulture, at