8th Rice Genetics Symposium (RG8)
The 8th Rice Genetics Symposium (RG8) is organized around 7 themes. Below, brief narratives and a set of keywords are given to describe each of these themes to guide the development and submission of abstracts for presentations which may be presented in three categories:
- 15-minute oral presentations
- 3-5 minute ‘flash talks’ (science café style)
Those submitting abstracts should indicate the theme under which they wish to present, select up to three keywords, and indicate their preferred category of presentation. The abstract should contain a title, list of authors (highlighting the presenter) and their affiliations, and a summary of no more than 350 words. Based on content and selected keywords, presentations will be grouped into specific sessions under each theme. The RG8 Science Committee will notify submitters of abstracts on acceptance, placement in sessions, and categorization of their presentation. Instructions for presentations will be communicated after acceptance of abstracts.
This theme concentrates on utilizing high-throughput tools and technologies for generating and mining SNPs, InDels, structural variants in plant genomes and detecting and comparing expression variation at the gene, transcript, and protein or metabolite level. Field and screen-house based phenotyping facilities, approaches, data acquisition and analysis i.e. drones and image processing is also included. Genotype to phenotype association processes and tools are also included
- Image processing
This theme involves various approaches to DNA and RNA sequencing and various genome component sequencing i.e. exome- and ATAC-seq. Genome annotation and comparison for phylogenetic, syntenic and/or evolutionary understanding of plant species and genus is also included. Particular emphasis is on identification and characterization of non-coding DNA segments.
- Genome evolution
- Comparative genomic
The thrust of this theme is on the gene and genetics of increase in yield under favorable and unfavorable eco-geographies through increased panicle number or grain number, weight and size. Strategies to yield increase through early flowering, fertilization, carpel and stamen traits are also included. Also, the content of grain starch, protein, lipids, micronutrients and metabolites such as flavanols affecting grain quality are considered. Cooking quality, texture and sensory traits and glycemic index is also included.
- Grain yield
- Grain weight and size
- Panicle and spikelet number
- Starch, grain protein
- Glycemic index
This theme concentrates on genes and genetics of tolerance/resistance and mitigation of abiotic stresses such as drought, heat, salinity, cold, submergence, flooding, anaerobic germination and soil micronutrient deficiencies. Particular emphasis is on plant hormones and their cross-talk as also cross talk between leaves roots and fruit bearing organs. Well defined QTLs for overcoming abiotic stress and genetic networks enabling gene discovery are also included. Gene level research on addressing climate change is also included.
- Micronutrient deficiency
This theme concentrates on genes and genetics of tolerance/resistance and mitigation of biotic stresses such as diseases wrought by bacteria, fungi, viruses, insects, nematodes etc. The role of soil and rhizosphere micobiome in plant nutrition and plant diseases is also included. Well defined QTLs for overcoming diseases and the genetic networks enabling gene discovery are also included.
- Blast blight
This theme concentrates specifically on improvements in and utilization of gene and genome editing technologies in plants and the implications of such technologies on regulatory principles and processes for facilitating plant breeding operations or generating novel plant types for improving traits that cannot be addressed through breeding processes.
- Site-directed mutagenesis
- Plant transformation.
Genes and genotypes that address increased hybrid seed production and improved hybrid rice grain quality and quantity are included in this theme. Particular emphasis is on genes for carpel or stamen traits that facilitate hybrid rice-mediated increase in rice production.
- Molecular heterosis
- Male sterile
- Synchronous flowering
- Hormonal regulation
- Stamen and carpel traits
14 – 17 Oct 2018
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue