Session at SEB Seville 2019 about Tip Growth in Plant Biology

July 4-5, 2019, at Seville (Spain)

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Tip growth is a process that diverse walled cells such as pollen tubes, root hairs, moss protonemata and fungal hyphae have in common. Due to the diversity of the experimental systems, it is unusual for those working on the phenomenon to have the opportunity to get together and compare systems and concepts.

The aim of this session is to provide an overview on recent advances in the molecular, physiological and genetic mechanisms underlying tip growth, but other aspects of cell polarity establishment and maintenance as well as trafficking, cytoskeleton remodelling, signaling and biophysics will be covered, in an attempt to promote and facilitate interactions between experimental researchers and modelers from life science, engineering, computer science and mathematical backgrounds.

Who Should Submit?

Researchers with interest in the following areas: Life science, engineering, computer science and mathematical backgrounds with interest in the development of root hairs, pollen tubes, moss protonemata and fungal hyphae.

Organizing Committee:

  • Kris Vissenberg (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • José Feijó (University of Maryland, USA)


  • Liam Dolan (University of Oxford, UK) - Emergence and evolution of tip growth in land plants​

  • Zenbiao Yang (University of California Riverside, USA) - Mechanisms overarching apical, guided and invasive growth

  • Stefan Kepinski (University of Leeds, UK)

  • José Feijo (University of Maryland, UK) - Ion homeostasis and the control of apical growth: molecular basis and integrative mechanisms

  • Aurelien Boisson-Dernier (University of Cologne, Germany) - Cell wall integrity sensing mechanisms in tip-growing cells

  • Magdalena Bezanilla (Dartmouth College, USA) - Steering tip growth: a cytoskeletal perspective

  • Armin Haupt (Institut Jacques Monod, France) - Growth promotes polarity through a positive feedback

There will also be two competitions at this year's Annual Meeting to recognise the research of early career scientists and students, and their contribution to the field of experimental biology:

  • YSAS Award (Deadline: 8 March 2019) – Three prizes per section (Animal-Cell, Plant Cell). 1st prize - £400, Runner up – £100 · 
  • Irene Manton poster prize (Deadline: 15 March 2019) - £100 poster prize per section (Animal, Plant, Cell, SEB+)