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Taming Plant Viruses - Fundamental Biology to Bionanotechnology

8—10 November 2016

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry, UK

Lesley Torrance (University of St Andrews and The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom)
Jens Tilsner (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)
Michael Taliansky (The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom)
Stuart MacFarlane (The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom)
Monday 7 November 2016
15:00 Afternoon arrival- Coach pick up from Edinburgh

18:00 - 19:00 Registration

19:30 Welcome and Dinner

Tuesday 8 November 2016
09:50 - 10:00 Introduction

10:00 - 10:30
Viral deubiquitinases (DUBs) : new players in the regulation of plant viral infections ?
Isabelle Jupin (Institut Jacques-Monod, France)
10:30 - 11:00
Metabolic modifications in two host plants induced by a polerovirus and their outcome on aphid behaviour
Veronique Ziegler-Graff (Institute of Microbiology of Plants, France)
11:00 - 11:30 Tea/ Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00
Increasing sensitivity of plant in vivo RNA imaging tools
Jens Tilsner (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)
12:00 - 12:15
Virus infection of plants alters pollinator preference: A payback for susceptible hosts?
Selected Oral Communication- John Carr (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
12:15 - 12:30
Novel viral RNA species associated with a benyvirus infection in sugar beet
Selected Oral Communication- Jose Gil (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) Linnean Centre for Plant Biology, Sweden)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30
Jozsef Burgyan (Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Hungary)
14:30 - 15:00
Natural variation in the AGO2 gene alters antiviral activity
Peter Moffett (University of Sherbrooke, Canada)
15:00 - 15:30
The role of the nucleus and subnuclear bodies in plant virus infections
Michael Taliansky (The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom)
15:30 - 16:00 Tea/ Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:15
Cucumber mosaic virus has plant species-specific effects on host-vector interactions
Selected Oral Communication- Trisna Tungadi (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
16:15 - 16:30
Do plant viruses modify cell wall?
Selected Oral Communication- Eugene Savenkov (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Linnean Centre for Plant Biology, Sweden)
16:30 - 16:45
Function and diversity of the 8K proteins among Peruvian isolates of potato mop-top virus
Selected Oral Communication- Pruthvi Kalyandurg (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Sweden)
16:45 - 17:00
Selected Oral Communication- Stuart MacFarlane (The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom)
17:00 - 19:30 Drinks Reception (sponsored by Perth and Kinross Council) /Poster Session

19:30 Dinner

Wednesday 9 November 2016
09:00 - 09:30
Plant virus capsids as facile medical and agricultural nanoparticles.
Steve Lommel (North Carolina State University, U.S.A.)
09:30 - 10:00
Using high resolution cryo-electron microscopy to develop bionanotechnology uses of cowpea mosaic virus
George Lomonossoff (John Innes Centre, United Kingdom)
10:00 - 10:30
Redesigning TMV: RNA-directed growth of smart nanoobjects advancing biohybrid technology
Christina Wege (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
10:30 - 11:00 Tea/ Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:15
An Abutilon mosaic virus-based gene silencing vector for reverse genetics applications
Selected Oral Communication- Tatjana Kleinow (Universität of Stuttgart, Germany)
11:15 - 11:30
The development of radiolabelled CPMV capsids: towards in depth understanding of in vivo behaviour
Selected Oral Communication- Rebeccah Ullah (University of Hull, United Kingdom)
11:30 - 11:45
Using virus particles scaffolds for imaging proteins at work
Selected Oral Communication- Thierry Michon (INRA-Université Bordeaux, France)
11:45 - 12:00
Tobacco mosaic virus/ poly(ethylene glycol) diacrylate hydrogels
Selected Oral Communication- Sabine Eiben (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
12:00 - 12:15
The generation of modified plant virus-like particles for potential bionanotechnological applications
Selected Oral Communication- Roger Castells-Graells (John Innes Centre, United Kindgom)
12:15 - 12:30
Combining tandem core technology and SpyCatcher to create a novel antigen display system in plants
Selected Oral Communication- Hadrien Peyret (John Innes Centre, United Kindgom)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 14:30
Plant virus-based therapeutics and contrast agents
Nicole Steinmetz (Case Western Reserve, U.S.A.)
14:30 - 15:00
A natural nanoparticle for materials and medicine.
David Evans (University of Hull, United Kingdom)
15:00 - 15:30
Assembly of Proteins into Cages and Tubes
Jeroen Cornelissen (University of Twente, Netherlands)
15:30 - 16:00 Tea/ Coffee Break

16:00 - 16:30
Potyvirus particles as potential enzyme nano-carriers
Kristiina Makinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
16:30 - 16:45
Selected Oral Communication- Alison Roberts
16:45 - 17:00
Plant Viruses and Other Protein Cages as Building Blocks for Hierarchical Nanomaterials
Selected Oral Communication- Mauri Kostiainen (Aalto University, Denmark)
17:00 - 19:30 Free time

19:30 Conference Dinner

Thursday 10 November 2016
09:00 - 09:30
Stabilization of recombinant gene expression from Potato virus X vectors
Ulrich Commandeur (RWTCH Aachen University, Germany)
09:30 - 10:00
Physical Virology with Atomic Force Microscopy
Pedro DePablo (Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain)
10:00 - 10:30
Plant viruses as nanomaterials displaying functional peptides
Linda Avesani (University of Verona, Italy)
10:30 - 11:00 Tea/ Coffee Break/ Depart and Coach Pick up back to Edinburgh