Evolution of plant phenotypes: from genomes to traits

B·Debate and the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) will bring together researchers to debate the evolutionary genomics of plants


Connecting the genotype with the phenotype is one of the great challenges in biology. Agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges in the 21st century, necessitating a quantum leap in our ability to quickly generate new plant varietals that can meet rapidly changing agroecological conditions.

The debate Evolution of Plant Phenotypes. From Genomes to Traits, organized by B·Debate –an initiative of Biocat and the "la Caixa" Foundation– and the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), will take place on 17 and 18 March 2015. The sessions aim to address these issues and other unanswered questions to find promising paths for future research.

Scientists specializing in this field will share and debate new ideas in evolutionary plant genomics, focusing on two important issues of genomic evolution in particular. They will debate the fact that plants have evolutionary histories that include multiple rounds of genome doubling, and the differential and lineage-specific proliferation (and elimination) of different transposition elements, which has been the main contributor to plant genome dynamics and differentiation and evolution in terms of size.

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Date: 17-18 March 2015

Place: CosmoCaixa Barcelona. C/ Isaac Newton 26. Barcelona

More information is available on the B·Debate website.

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