ANNUAL REPORT OF THE GENETICS SECTION - 2008
Activities of the BSA Genetics section during the 2007-2008 year include:
- Business meeting conducted in Chicago, IL (July 9, 2007) at Botany 2007.
- Genetics section co-sponsored six (6) symposia at Botany 2007.
a. Phylogenomics; Organizers: Chris Pires and Jim Leebens-Mack; funds committed
b. Evolution of diversity in Sapindales; Organizers: Susan Pell and Allison
Miller; funds committed - $250
c. The functional significance of leaf shape variation – towards a consensus
from gene to community; Organizer: Adrienne Nicotra; funds committed - $250
d. Comparative Genomics, Development, Physiology and Systematics of the Brassicaceae and Cleomaceae; Organizers: Jocelyn Hall and Eric Schranz; nominal support
e. The evolution and maintenance of mixed mating systems; Organizers: Diane
Byers and Johanne Brunet; nominal support only
f. Frontiers in Plant Biology: Emerging Model Species; Organizers: Pamela Diggle and Elena Kramer; nominal support only
- Genetics section had 5 contributed paper sessions with 58 papers over three
days at the Botany
2007 meeting (these included both Genetics section and related thematic sections
that fall under the general heading of Genetics).
- The 2007 Margaret Menzel Award ($200) for the best contributed paper was
given to Dr. Keith Adams (Univ. of British Columbia) for his paper “Subfunctionalization
of genes duplicated by polyploidy in response to environmental stress”.
- The Genetics section had four (4) posters presented at Botany 2007 (a total of 35 posters in related thematic sections).
- The 2007 Genetics section Poster Award ($100) was given to Richard Stokes
(Univ. Cincinnati) for his poster "A Novel Approach to Study Gene Flow Between Color Forms
of the Tetraploid Species Erythronium americanum".
- The 2008 Graduate Student Research Award(s), based on our evaluation of
the seven proposals submitted, was awarded to Ms. Renate Wuersig (Purdue University), in the PhD
category, and Ms. Sunni Taylor (Texas State University-San Marcos) in the MS category. Each
award includes $500 for research and an additional $500 to cover travel costs to attend a
subsequent BSA meeting. Dr. R. Whitkus will contact the winners, and arrange for an announcement
to be made at the ’08 banquet.
- The Genetics Section gave a Student Travel Award ($200 courtesy of Dr. Keith
Adams) to Mr. Aaron Duffy (Utah State University) to present the paper titled: “Conservation
of selection on matK in ferns following an ancient loss of the trnK intron by genome inversion”
(with co-authors Scot Kelchner and Paul Wolf)
- The Genetics section will have four (4) paper sessions at the Botany 2008
meeting in Vancouver, BC (including both Genetics section and four related thematic sections that
fall under the general heading of Genetics).
Genetics: 15 papers, 10 posters (organized by Sec./Treas.)
Genomics/Proteomics: 4 papers, 2 posters
Molecular Biology: 2 papers, 3 posters
Molecular Ecology and Evolution: 6 papers, 10 posters
Population Genetics: 11 papers, 8 posters
- The Genetics section will co-sponsor the following symposia at the Botany
a. Polyploidy: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology (organized by Keith Adams,
UBC; 7 presentations); funds committed - at least $500
Genetics Section Officers:
Chair: Vance Baird (Clemson U.), will step down at end of Botany 2009
Vice-Chair: Theresa Culley (U. of Cincinnati), will become Chair at end of Botany
Sec./Treasurer: Kristina Schierenbeck (Calif. State Univ., Chico)
Vance Baird, Chair