The decline of conventional oil energy supply and the world wide increasing demands for energy consumption have stimulated the search for renewable, environmentally friendly alternative energy sources. One of the alternatives is the development of bioenergy, which has been put under intense spotlight due to recent controversies surrounding bio-fuels and the economics of using plants as bio-fuel sources. Thus, intensive scientific and technological efforts are still required before plant-based bioenergy industry can flourish in its own right.
In an attempt to keep abreast the state-of-art research and development of bioenergy plants, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore will jointly hold “Sino-Singapore Bioenergy Plants Workshop 2009” in Beijing. A panel of experts working on the forefront of bionergy plants research and development will be brought together to share their latest discoveries and experiences in exploitation of the genetic diversity and variation of bioenergy crops, regulation of biomass production and bioenergy traits as well as tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. The workshop will provide an overview of the recent advances in the use of cutting edge omics platforms and biotechnology tools in bioenergy plants research. This will be the first time that the two institutes jointly organise a bioenergy plants workshop after the establishment of the IOB-TLL Joint R&D Laboratory for Sweet Sorghum in December 2007. We hope to formulate strategic plans to join efforts from both countries to boost bioenergy crop research. The workshop will take place on 6-7 November and the speakers will be well-recognised plant scientists in the field. The organisers hope that this workshop will not only provide a channel for all attendees to share and exchange their achievements and experience, but also stimulate future collaborations.
1. Sponsors and Organizers
Institute of Botany, CAS
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
2. Date, Place, Website and Official Language
Date: November 6-7, 2009
Place: Multi-media Hall, Institute of Botany, CAS, Beijing
Official language: English and Chinese
3. Academic and Organizing Committee
Chair: Jiayang Li, Kuang Tingyun, Zhihong Xu, Nam-Hai Chua, Yuanchun Shi
Chair: Keping Ma，Zhibing Zhang, Kang Zhong, Song Ge, Chunming Liu, Srinivasan Ramachandran
Members : Hai-Chun Jing, Laigeng Li, Guojiang Wu, Peng Zhang, Yihua Zhou, Guiying Li, Guangming Xia, Gongshe Liu, SHihua Shen, Songquan Song, Shuye Jiang
A. Current status and future development of bioenergy plants research
B. Germplasm collection and assessment
C. Developmental regulation of biomass production and bioenergy traits
D. Tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses
E. Genomics of bioenergy crops
F. Molecular breeding and biotechnology
G. Production pipeline technology
5. Invited speakers
Jiayang Li, CAS
Tingyun Kuang, IOB-CAS
Zhihong Xu, Beijing University
Nam-Hai Chua, TLL Singapore
Yuanchun Shi, CAU
Kang Chong, IOB-CAS
Song Ge, IOB-CAS
Srinivasan Ramachandran，TLL, Singapore
Jun Wang, BGI Shenzhen
Sanwen Huang, BGI Shenzhen
Shuye Jiang， IOB-TLL Joint Lab
Laigeng Li, SIPPE
Peng Zhang， SIPPE
Qi Xie， IGDB-CAS
Yihua Zhou, IGDB-CAS
Liangcai Peng， Huazhong Agricultural University
Guojiang Wu, South China Botanic Garden, CAS
Guiying Li, Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS
Guangming Xia, Shandong University
Gongshe Liu, IOB-CAS
Shihua Shen, IOB-CAS
Songquan Song, IOB-CAS
Hai-Chun Jing, IOB-CAS
For general participants, registration fee will be RMB￥800. The registration fee for family members will be RMB￥400. The registration fee will be reduced to RMB￥600 for students and postdocs. Please note that participants who register before 31st of October, 2009 will receive five percent discount based on above price. The registration fee includes a copy of the pre-published proceedings, refreshments (coffee breaks), lunches and dinners on 6-7 November, 2009.
Please register through the symposium website and pay the registration fee as soon as possible.
1. Payment of registration fee should be made either by bank transfer:
Or by cheque or cash sent to:
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Nanxincun 20, Haidian District, Beijing, China
Please include a note, stating your name, your institution and Yantai symposium.
7. Abstract & Manuscript Submission
Participants are asked to submit English abstracts to the workshop secretariat. The deadline for submission is the 6th of October, 2009. Abstracts should be no more than an A4 page, including title, authorship, institution, a brief description of the work, and key words as well as contact details of the first author or corresponding author. An abstract book will be handed to attendees prior to the workshop. Workshop papers will be selected for publication in Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB) in accordance to the requirement of the journal. Please note that abstracts will be included only if we received the registration fee.
The maximum poster size is 80 cm in width and 110 cm in height. Please contact the Workshop Executive Secretary if you wish to present a poster.
Hotels around Xiangshan area will be recommended. You can book accommodation via the hotel websites. Please note that travel and accommodation costs will not be covered by the organisers.
10. Executive Secretary and Contacts
Ms Shuqing Hou (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hai-Chun Jing, PhD (email@example.com)
Centre for Bioenergy Plants Research and Development,
Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences
20 Nanxin Cun, Xiangshan,