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Symposium Down Under: mechanisms controlling plant reproduction 18.11.2019 << back

Symposium Down Under: mechanisms controlling plant reproduction

February, 3-4, 2020, at Adelaide (Australia)

The SexSeed consortium is organising a symposium to present the latest advances on plant reproduction. This meeting will gather experts on the pathways important for the formation of a flower, the establishment of the ovule (sporophytic and germline development), fertilization mechanisms, asexual reproduction and on different aspects controlling seed development (hormone signalling and epigenetic mechanisms). The topics will regard the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and cereal crops such as barley and rice.

The symposium will be held at the Waite Campus, in the University of Adelaide (, a hub for food security improvement.

Topics and Keynote speakers:

  • Germline determination: Matthew Tucker (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Epigenetics and seed formation: Emidio Albertini (University of Perugia, Italy)
  • Fertilization: Sílvia Coimbra (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Hormone signalling: Phil Brewer (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Flower development: David Smyth (Monash University, Australia)
  • Asexual reproduction: Anna Koltunow (CSIRO, Australia)
  • Ovule development: Lucia Colombo (University of Milan, Italy)
  • Sex determination: John Bowman (Monash University, Australia)
  • Inflorescence development: Dabing Zhang (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Apomitic germline development: Martina Juranic (CSIRO, Australia)

We invite PhD students, Early Career Reseachers, Post-Docs and Principal Investigators to join us. Specially dedicated to younger researchers, the programme will include pitch talks where PhD students will have the opportunity to present a key result regarding their research project.  

More information availble here:


Organizing Committee: 

The organisers of this event are members of the European project SexSeed.

  • Matthew Tucker (University of Adelaide)
  • Dayton Bird (University of Adelaide)
  • Sílvia Coimbra(University of Porto)
  • Sara Pinto (University of Porto)
  • Lucia Colombo (University of Milan)
  • Rosanna Petrella (University of Milan)
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