The Aspergillus Comparative Genomics Committee is pleased to announce the 8th International Aspergillus meeting


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The Eight International Aspergillus Meeting



March 14-15, 2011


Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California

Merrill Hall


March 14 (Monday)

7:00 -10:00pm            Posters and Welcome Reception               Sponsored by Novozymes



March 15 (Tuesday)


9:00     Welcome, introductions and announcements                  Michelle Momany/Gary Payne


9:15-10:15 Session I                                                                                                 Michelle Momany

9:15     Signaling the end: mRNA 3' tagging, degradation and translation
Mark Caddick, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, UK
9:35     Impact of glucose metabolism during pathogenesis of Aspergillus fumigatus 

Matthias Brock, Microbial Biochemistry and Physiology, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Germany

9:55     Genomic diversification and evolution of Aspergillus oryzae industrial strains
Kazuhiro Iwashita, National Research Institute of Brewing, Hiroshima, Japan


10:15 -10:35  Coffee Break


10:35-11:55 Session II: Genomics Projects                                   Jennifer Wortman/Scott Baker


10:35   Aspergillus Knock Out Project Update

Stephen Osmani, Ohio State University, USA


10:50   Comparative Analysis of Aspergilli

Ronald  de Vries, CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, The Netherlands


11:05   AspGD update      

Gavin Sherlock, Stanford University and Jennifer Wortman, Broad Institute, USA


11:20   New Resources for Functional Analysis of Omics Data for the Genus Aspergillus

Benjamin Nitsche, Leiden University, The Netherlands


11:35   Pan Fungal Informatics Resources

Jason Stajich, University of California, Riverside, USA

11:50   2012 Community Sequencing Project at JGI

Kevin McCluskey, Fungal Genetics Stock Center


12:00-1:00 Lunch


1:00-1:15        Community directions discussion; Elections                               Michelle Momany


1:15 - 2:45 Session III: Talks from abstracts                                 Gerhard Braus/Masa Machida


1:30  Asymmetric RNA localization in Aspergillus fumigatus

Mara Couto-Rodríguez, University of Georgia, USA


1:45  Genome mining of secondary metabolite genes in Aspergillus species

Clay Wang, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA


2:00  Why are Aspergilli so different in their expression of secondary metabolites from section to section?

Jens Christian Frisvad, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


2:15 Nitric oxide (NO) is a morphogenetic signal in fungi

David Cánovas Universidad de Sevilla, Spain


2:30  Gold nanoparticles in Aspergillus nidulans hyphae: can we study real-time physiology?

Susan Kaminskyj , University of Saskatchewan, Canada


2:45 Secrelection: A Novel Fungal Expression System For Selection Of Secreted Enzymes

Robbert Damveld DSM Biotechnology Center, The Netherlands


2:45 Coffee Break


3:00-3:45 Pontecorvo Lecture:                                            Sponsored by AlerGenetica


Contribution of Aspergillus research to green, white and red biotechnology: past, present and future?

            Cees van den Hondel, University of Leiden, The Netherlands


3:45 - 4:00 Announcements: election results; poster prizes; any other discussion items