NCSB members attend Interdrought-IV Conference in Australia

Three University of Missouri plant scientists joined an international discussion of crop development and production in drought-prone environments at the Interdrought-IV Conference.

The InterDrought IV Conference was held on September 2-6, 2013, in Crown Perth, Western Australia.

Two National Center for Soybean Biotechnology members attended: Dr. Henry Nguyen, NCSB Director, and Dr. Robert Sharp, director of the MU Interdisciplinary Plant Group. Also in attendance from MU was Dr. Priyamvada Voothuluru, a plant science postdoctoral fellow, whose research was highlighted.

Nguyen served as a member of the International Organizing Committee for the conference. He also chaired a session regarding breeding for water-limited environments.

Sharp was a member of the Program Committee. He also served as a member of a panel discussion on future challenges and opportunities.
Voothuluru’s contributed paper, “Apoplastic ROS and plasma membrane proteomics: novel insights into root growth adaptation to water stress,” was discussed during the afternoon session on Thursday, September 5th.

The week-long conference’s aim was to bring together experts across plant science disciplines to present research and discuss tactics to keep crop production stable in drought environments. The hope is to promote progress by bridging the gap between the laboratory and practical application in the field.

The first InterDrought symposium was held in 1995 in Montpellier, France. This conference has also been in Rome, Italy (2005) and Shanghai, China (2009). The InterDrought-V Conference will be held in India in 2017.