EPIC: the Plant Epigenome Project

A new era in agriculture has been made possible by advances in DNA sequencing technologies that have determined the genome sequences of many crop and model plants, providing a primary genetic code for what makes that species unique. But a second code, comprised of “epigenetic” layers of information, is critical for accessing and executing the genetic code, just as operating systems are needed to access the information content of our computers and execute specific tasks. Unlike computer codes, nature’s second code is enigmatic, and must be deciphered to fully understand and optimize the genetic potential of crop plants. The goal of the Epigenomics of Plant International Consortium (EPIC) is to crack this second code, and help catalyze the new green revolution.
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: San Diego
Rob Martienssen
10:30 AM
Epigenetic Inheritance and the Epigenome in Plants
Rob Martienssen, HHMI-GBMF Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

11:00 AM
A One Precursor One siRNA Model for Pol IV-Dependent siRNA Biogenesis
Steve Jacobsen, University of California at Los Angeles

11:25 AM
The Argonaute-binding platform of NRPE1 evolves through modulation of intrinsically disordered repeats
Joshua T Trujillo, University of Arizona; Mark A Beilstein, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona; Rebecca A. Mosher, The University of Arizona

11:50 AM
Investigating Chromatin Structure at Multiple Scales in Maize
Hank W. Bass, Florida State University; Daniel L. Vera, Florida State University; Eli Rodgers-Melnick, Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University; Edward S. Buckler, USDA-ARS-Cornell University

12:15 PM
The EPIC CoGe Browser
Eric Lyons, University of Arizona; Mark A Beilstein, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona; Brian D. Gregory, University of Pennsylvania

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