Plant Biology Symposium to be held May 19-21

May 07, 2009

Penn State's Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology is hosting the 17th Plant Biology Symposium at the Life Sciences Building on May 19-21. The theme of this year’s symposium is, “Plant-Soil Interactions in Future Climates.”
The goal of the symposium is to synthesize current understanding of plant and soil interactions in the context of climate change. The program will explore the cascading effects on ecosystem processes, including impacts on agriculture and food security. Session topics include the rhizosphere, plant function, ecosystem processes, and agroecosystems. The symposium will feature invited talks by 21 leading experts on global change impacts on plant resource interactions. The symposium also will include short talks and poster sessions, which will highlight abstracts submitted from researchers at Penn State and other universities from across the nation and around the world. The symposium is structured to allow time for speakers and participants to explore knowledge gaps, emerging ideas, and discuss future research needs.
The symposium is offering discounted registration rates to Penn State students, faculty and staff. For more information or to register for the symposium, visit

There also are a limited number of registration waivers available for Penn State graduate students involved in a related research field. Interested students should contact Melissa Maurer at

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Last Updated May 11, 2009