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Joseph R. Ecker jecker at atgenome.bio.upenn.edu
Mon Nov 13 19:45:17 EST 2000

Dear Colleagues,

What will your next grant proposal look like in the post-Arabidopsis
sequencing era?

Post-docs...how will your job prospects/first grant be impacted by new
genomic approaches in plant biology?

Students...what kind of postdoctoral position will you consider in the
post-model genomes era?

We would like to invite you to attend the 2001 Keystone Symposium
"Systems Approach to Plant Biology" in Big Sky Montana to preview how
dramatic changes in the current laboratory landscape will impact future
research in plant biology.

The registration deadline is fast approaching but there are still
openings available for additional conference participants. The
registration/program information can be found here:


Importantly, we have obtained significant financial support for Students
and Post-docs who submit an abstract to the conference. Scholarship
information can be found at:


We hope you decide to join us at what we hope will be a truly
exciting/landmark conference.

Joe Ecker, Salk Institute
Steve Briggs, Novartis Agricultural Discovery Institute

Keystone Symposia:
Systems Approach to Plant Biology (B2)

January 26 - January 31, 2001
Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, Montana
Abstract Deadline: extended ...
Early Registration: November 27, 2000

Meeting Overview:

For biologists to fully realize the benefit from the availability of
fully sequenced plant genomes, a dramatic change in the current
laboratory landscape must be facilitated. Current studies of single
genes must transition to large-scale analysis of entire gene regulatory
networks. With the expected further reduction in the cost of DNA
sequencing technologies, comparisons of a few genomes will be replaced
by a broad sampling of plant genetic diversity. Ultimately, the plant
biologist must begin to integrate an array of new tools that allow for
greater resolution of the chemical complexity of all molecular and
cellular interactions - the chemical biology of plants. The purpose of
this meeting is to bring together scientists from a broad range of
disciplines who are interested in applying a “systems approach” to
understand the chemical complexity of plant form and function. The
meeting will emphasize the use of new analytical tools to aid plant
biologists in exploring and integrating biological systems (genomes,
transcripts, proteomics, metabolites, imaging and bioinformatics) at a
global - whole plant - level.


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