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Building on the successes of our global Plant Genomics series of events, Global Engage is pleased to announce the 4th Plant Genomics Congress USA, which will be held on September 12-13, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Last year’s successful event attracted over 170 attendees, and sister meetings in Europe and Asia draw over 200 attendees. The event will be co-located with the Global Biocontrol & Biostimulants Congress 2016.

Attracting scientists working in all areas of plant research, including molecular marker development, breeding, crop improvement, the plant/soil microbiome, disease/stress resistance, evolution studies and gene editing techniques, the conference will examine the latest strategies, technologies and research techniques utilizing NGS, ‘omic’ technologies, phenotyping, epigenetics, bioinformatics and data analysis to further plant research. Presentations from 20+ international and regional experts will concentrate on, but are not limited to, regional and model crops such as wheat, corn, barley, sorghum, arabidopsis and soybean.


Plant research has transformed dramatically over the last few years as a result of revolutionary breakthroughs and cost reductions in sequencing technology. Successful sequencing of many plants, along with the improvement of biological data sets, have given plant scientists the tools and knowledge to make exciting developments to benefit agriculture. Novel gene editing technologies like CRISPR will take this research even further.

Should you be an expert using NGS / ‘omic’ / gene editing technologies for plant analysis, a scientist working on plant or soil microbiology, or a researcher hoping to invest in sequencing technology, the conference will be an excellent opportunity to learn, share, discuss and engage with the most current plant genomics research and technology. During the two-day conference, there will be networking breaks to promote interaction with your peers, expert led case study presentations, a dynamic exhibition room filled with technology providers showcasing their technologies and solutions, and interactive Q&A panel discussions examining key issues.

Some of the topics to be covered:

  • NGS / omic / gene editing technology
  • Phenomics
  • SNP discovery & QTL mapping
  • Plant microbiome
  • Case studies
    • Disease and stress resistance
    • Molecular marker development / marker assisted selection
    • Plant breeding
For a more detailed synopsis please visit the congress agenda page.

Feed back from the
previous Congress:

Advisory Panel

Jacqui BatleyJacqueline Batley
University of Queensland

Jeffrey Bennetzen
University of Georgia

                              BergesHélène Berges
INRA – CNRGV, France

Adam Blaszczak
R&D Director, Cytozyme

                              CantuDario Cantu
University of California, Davis

Paul Chomet
NRGene Ltd.

David Galbraith
University of Arizona

Stanton Gelvin
Purdue University

Sachiko IsobeSachiko Isobe
Kaduza DNA Research Institute (KDRI), Japan

David Jackson
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Thomas Mitchell OldsThomas Mitchell Olds
Duke University

Brian TrawBrian Traw
University of Pittsburgh

Douglas Ry Wagner
CEO, Agrinos

Jianming YuJianming Yu
Iowa State University

To contact us with any suggestions, topics or requests to speak, please contact:

Naomi Flagg
Conference Producer, The Plant Genomics Congress USA       Tel: +44 (0) 7494 551 822

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