An Iowa State University professor who researches gene expression during cotton fiber development and evolution will be the plenary speaker for Ecological Genomics Symposium Nov. 13-15 in Kansas City.
Jonathan Wendel, a expert on the genetic changes that take place when the genomes of two closely related cotton species merge, will discuss how polyploidy affects gene expression in cotton.
Polyploidy refers to plants that have more than two sets of chromosomes. Wheat, potatoes, strawberries, and forage grasses such as big bluestem are polyploid plants. Such plants are often larger and more vigorous that their diploid relatives.
Wendel's research on polyploids of cotton can serve as a model for other scientists to understand the important changes that take place as genomes double.
The symposium, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and K-State's Targeted Excellence program, will feature a wide variety of speakers from across the United States.
Prior to Oct. 13, registration cost is $225 for professionals and $150 for graduate and undergraduate students. After Oct. 13, the cost of registration increases to $300 and $200 respectively. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. The optional Saturday night banquet is an additional $50. A limited number of student fellowships also are available.
The Ecological Genomics Institute is comprised of 25 K-State faculty members from various disciplines all working together to combine genomic tools and ecological approaches to determine the functional significance of genes, genomes and their evolutionary and ecological context.
More information on the symposium is available online at ecogen.ksu.edu/symp2009 or by contacting the Ecological Genomics Institute at 800-432-8222 or 785-532-5569 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.