Isotopes in Plant Biology: Future Sustainability in Energy and Agriculture

Session Organizers:
Richard Ferrieri, Ben Babst, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

There is a long history of radioactive and stable isotope applications in plant biology as tracers of transport and metabolic pathways. This session will highlight recent research geared toward solving burning scientific and societal challenges by applying tracer tools to improve our basic knowledge of plant biology with the goal of providing strategies to enhance cultivational practices and bioenergy and agricultural breeding programs.


Live-imaging technologies at center stage: Can they provide practical answers in plant nutrition?
Shu Fujimaki, Medical and Biotechnological Application Division, Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan

MRI-PET Measurements for Scoring Root Traits in the Soil
Siegfried Jahnke, Forschungszentrum Jülich, IBG-2, Germany

Autoradiography and PET imaging of fluoride, copper and arsenic in Brassica oleracea
Paul Ellison, Department of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin – Madison, United States

PhytoPET, PhytoBeta and PhytoSPECT: Radioisotope Imaging Systems Being Developed for Plant Biology Research
Drew Weisenberger, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, United States

Allocation and Partitioning of Recently Fixed Carbon as 11C in Arabidopsis Thaliana
Abigail Ferrieri, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Department of Molecular Ecology, Germany

Carbon partitioning in soybean leaves by combined 11C and 13C labeling
Lee G. Sobotka, Washington University, United States

Mobility Of Immune Ligands & Signal Molecules In The Model Plant Arabidopsis
Jean Greenberg, The University of Chicago, Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, United States

Use of 11C to Study Sugar Transport and Partitioning in Bioenergy Crop Sorghum
Abhijit Karve, Bioscience Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States

Technologies for Quantitative, Non-Destructive, and 3D Imaging of Plant Function
Paul Vaska, Bioscience Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States

Providing Foundational Knowledge of Resource Allocation and Stem Growth Regulation in Bioenergy Crops
Ben Babst, Bioscience Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, United States

Carbon Partitioning in Soybeam Leaves by Combined 11C and 13C Labeling
Lee G. Sobotka,Washington University, United States

Short-Lived Radioisotopes to Investigate if Fungal Symbionts in Plants are Parasites or Mutualists
Chantal D. Reid, Duke University, Biology Department, United States

Prem Srivastava, Biological and Environmental Research, U.S. Department of Energy, United States

8th International Conference
on Isotopes and Expo

August 24-28, 2014

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