International Workshop in Haigerloch Castle . Germany . 8th to 10th May 2012

The International SIREN Workshop provided an excellent forum for presentations and discussions of recent progress in the analysis of early plant embryogenesis. In addition to the project reports by the early-stage researchers of the SIREN groups, postdocs and PIs addressed broader issues arising from their group´s studies on early embryogenesis. Furthermore, invited international scientists gave overviews covering various aspects of early embryogenesis from different angles. Topics discussed included

  • miRNA regulation and parental vs. zygotic contributions (Michael Nodine, MIT, Cambridge MA, USA),
  • models for pattern formation (Hans Meinhardt, MPI for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany),
  • paternal and zygotic signaling in basal lineage development (Wolfgang Lukowitz, University of Georgia, Athens GA, USA),
  • 3D-modeling of early-embryo growth and cell-division patterns (Richard Smith and Pierre Barbier de Reuille, University of Berne, Switzerland), and
  • early pattern establishment in microspore embryogenesis (Kim Boutilier, University of Wageningen).

The informal setting and ample time for discussion after the presentations provided a very stimulating atmosphere to exchange ideas and identify critical issues that need to be addressed in the future. The success of this meeting urged the SIREN PI’s to make this embryogenesis workshop an annually recurring event, even beyond the SIREN funding period.