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               Division "Plant Lipids"

Uni Göttingen

  4th European Symposium on Plant Lipids

15-18 March 2009

Göttingen, Germany

Plant Lipids: From Fundamental Research to Industrial and Food Applications

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 4th European Symposium on Plant Lipids organized by the European Federation for the Science and Technology of
Lipids (Euro Fed Lipid). The symposium will be held in the City of Goettingen, Germany.

The scientific program will emphasize oral contributions by senior scientists from the different topics, supplemented by those of younger scientists, selected from submitted abstracts. These will be supplemented by two poster sessions. Plenary lectures will allow glimpses into exciting areas of lipid research hitherto not included in plant lipid meetings. We hope that the venue will provide plant lipid researches an exciting two and a half days. We look forward to seeing you in Goettingen.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee,

Ivo Feussner, University of Göttingen, Euro Fed Lipid division "Plant Lipids"

Organizing Committee

Ivo Feussner, Göttingen
Martin Fulda, Göttingen
Ingo Heilmann , Göttingen

Supported by:

   Bayer Crop Science    BASF   CPS, Chemie + Service GmbH  

NPZ Lembke

Main Topics 


Sunday, 15 March 2009, 18:00

Opening Mixer, at the Paulinerkirche

Monday, 16 March 2009

1. Seed biology, Chair: J. Napier
08.30 - 09.00 Keynote lecture
                        Ian Graham, University of York, Department of Biology, York, UK

09.00 - 09.15  S. Stymne, Alnarp, S: "Oat - the palm tree of the North"
09.15 - 09.30 L. Hernandez. York, GB "Metabolomic and transcriptomic analysis of oil mobilization during seed germination
                        in Arabidopsis thaliana"
30 - 09.45 C.E. Christensen, Valby, DK, "Interactions in peroxisomal -oxidation, a structural point of view"
09.45 -10.00  A.S. Carlsson, Alnarp, S, "Nutsedge - A novel model system for studying accumulation of oil and starch"

10.00 -10.30 Coffee break

2. Fatty acid modifications, Chair: M. Pollard
10.30 -11.00 Keynote lecture
                        Johnathan Napier, Harpenden, GB
                        " Functional characterisation of the microsomal fatty acid elongase: defining the role of very long chain fatty
                        acids in plant development

11.00 -11.15 E.S. Averina, Ulan-Ude, RUS, "Polyunsaturated fatty acids from Siberian pine seed oil: A perspective source for medicine."
11.15 -11.30 M. Heilmann, Göttingen, D, "A new pathway to produce omega3-fatty acids in plants"

11.30 -11.45
J. Bauer, Limburgerhof, D, "Engineering healthy plant oils: Sustainable production of marine long-chain fatty acids in land  based plants"
11.45 -12.00 E. Kombrink, Köln, D, "A novel fatty acyl-CoA synthetase (ACOS5) is required for pollen development and sporopollenin  biosynthesis in Arabidopsis"

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 15.00 Postersession     

3. Wax, Chair: S.Stymne
15.00 - 15.30 Keynote lecture
                         Mike Pollard, Michigan State University, Dept. of Plant Biology, East Lansing/MI, USA
                         "Towards an understanding of cutin and suberin biosynthesis"

15.30 - 15.45 R. Franke, Bonn, D "
Mutations in genes encoding long chain fatty acid modification effect barrier properties of suberized  tissues"
15.45 - 16.00 J. Joubes, Bordeaux, F, "
Activation of wax production by CER1 ovexpression in Arabidopsis confers drought tolerance but enhances pathogen susceptibility."

16.00 - 16.15
F. Domergue, Bordeaux/F, "Fatty acyl-CoA reductases from Arabidopsis thaliana that generate Fatty Alcohols associated with Suberin deposition

16.15 - 16.45  Coffee break

4. Industrial fatty acids, Chair: E. Heinz
16.45 - 17.15 Keynote lecture
                         Allan Green, CSIRO Plant Industry,
Metabolic Engineering of New Plant Products, Canberra, Australia
                         "Engineering synthesis and accumulation of novel industrial fatty acids in oilseeds"

17.15 - 17.30 U.K. Nath, Göttingen, D, "
Increasing erucic acid content through combination of endogenous low polyunsaturated fatty acids alleles with Ld-LPAAT+Bn-fae1 transgenes in rapeseed (Brassica napus L.)"

Tuesday, 17 March 2009     

5. Glycerolipids, Chair: A. Green
08.30 - 09.00 Keynote lecture
                         Randall Weselake,
University of Alberta, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
                         Co-authors: Rodrigo M.P. Siloto, Qin Liu, Martin Truksa, X. He, Thomas McKeon, André Laroche
                         "Probing structure and function in diacylglycerol acyltransferase"

09.00 - 09.15 G. Hölzl, Bonn, D, "DGD can be functionally replaced with a bacterial glycolipid during phosphate starvation, but not during photosynthesis"
09.15 - 09.30 E. Marechal, Grenoble, F, "A novel class of MGDG synthase inhibitors"
09.30 - 09.45 J.M. Marinez-Rivas, Sevilla, Spain, "Molecular cloning and expression analysis of a phospholipid:diacylglycerol acyltransferase (PDAT) gene from olive"

09.45 - 10.00 A. Haselier, Aachen, D, "CDP-diacylglycerol synthases of Arabidopsis thaliana"
10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break           

6. Lipid Signalling, Chair: J. Browse
10.30 - 11.00 Keynote lecture
                        Kent Chapman, University of North Texas, Department of Biological Sciences, Denton,TX, USA
                        "Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Expression Influences Plant Growth and Susceptibility to Environmental Stresses"

11.00 - 11.15 I. Heilmann, Göttingen, D, "
Salt-stress-induced association of phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate with clathrin-coated vesicles in plants"
11.15 - 11.30 L. Saavedra, Lund/SE, "PIPK family in the moss Physcomitrella patens. PpPIPKs are required for caulonemal and rhizoid cell elongation."
11.30 - 11.45 A. Mosblech, Göttingen, D, "Requirement of phosphoinositide-derived signals in the wounding response of Arabidopsis thaliana"

11.45 -13.00 Lunch      

13.00 - 14.30 Postersession 

7. Oxylipins, Chair: I. Heilmann
14.30 - 15.00  Keynote lecture
                        John Browse, Washington State University, Pullman, WA/ USA
                        "JAZ Repressor Proteins Control Jasmonate Signaling"

15.00 - 15.15 C. Gatz, Göttingen, D, "
Arabidopsis class II TGA transcription factors function as salicylic acid-sensitive positive regulators of  jasmonic acid/ethylene-induced PDF1.2 expression"
15.15 -15.30 C. Wasternack, Halle/Saale, D, "Different signaling properties of Oxylipins in leaves and flowers of Tomato"
15.30 -15.45 A. Devoto, Egham, GB, "Crucial regulatory nodes and new physiological scenarios for the Jasmonate Signalling Network in Arabidopsis"
15.45 -16.00 S. Pollmann, Bochum, D, "Oxylipins contribute to the up-regulation of Auxin Biosynthesis"

16.00 -16.15 B. Hause, Halle, D, "Jasmonates in symbiotic interactions of Medicago truncatula"
16.15 -16.30 G. Pohnert, Jena,D, "Tracing down the Structural diversity of Moss-oxylipins with the help of Chemometric methods"

16.30 - 17.00 Coffee break     

8. Sphingolipids, Chair: M. Fulda
17.00 - 17.30 Keynote lecture
                        Ed Cahoon, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, USA
                        "Probing the Metabolic and Functional Basis for Sphingolipid Structural Diversity in Plants"

17.30 -17.45 J.D. Faure, Versailles, F, "
Functional analysis of ceramide synthases in Arabidopsis"

17.45 Business meeting: Discussion of the Future Site & Scheduling

19.30 Conference dinner at the Rathskeller

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

9. Isoprenoids, Chair: E. Cahoon
09.00 - 09.30 Keynote lecture
                        Dirk Warnecke, University of Hamburg, Biocenter Klein Flottbeck, Plant Physiology, Hamburg, Germany
                        "Functions of steryl glucosides in plants, fungi and bacteria "

09.30 - 09.45 P.Doermann, Bonn, D, "
Chlorophyll and phytol catabolism during senescence and abiotic stress in Arabidopsis"
09.45 - 10.00 H.Schaller, Strasbourg, F, "Involvement of the phospholipid sterol acyltransferase 1 in plant sterol homeostasis and leaf  senescence."

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break           

10. Membrane Transport and Trafficking, Chair: I. Feussner
10.30 -11.00 Keynote lecture
                       Reinhard Jahn, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Department of Neurobiology, Göttingen, Germany
                      "Exocytotic membrane fusion of synaptic vesicles ? what we know - or better do not know ? about the role of membrane lipids "

11.00 -111.15 M. Gierth, Köln, D, "
Peroxisomal Fatty Acid Import and beta-Oxidation Are Vitally Important in Mature Arabidopsis Leaves during Extended Darkness"
11.15 -11.30 N. Linka, Düsseldorf, D, "Peroxisomal ATP import is essential for seedling development in Arabidopsis thaliana"
11.30              Closing Remarks
11.45 -12.45 Lunch      

Call for Papers

The Scientific Committee has started to accept abstracts for short oral communications (15 min) and poster presentations. You are cordially invited to submit your abstract by following one of the links below. To submit your contribution prepare a one-page abstract according to the abstract model and store it in rich text format (.rtf).

Deadline for (lecture) abstracts is 19 January 2009.



or complete the printed registration form (one form per participant) and return it to:
Euro Fed Lipid
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Registration is valid after receipt at the Euro Fed Lipid headquarters. Conference tickets will be handed out at the registration desk.

Registration Fees

Category Price before 13 February 2009 Price after 13 February 2009
Euro Fed Lipid Members* and employees of member companies EUR 190 EUR 230
Non-members EUR 250 EUR 290
Students (Euro Fed Lipid Members*) EUR 50 EUR 90
Other Students EUR 90 EUR 130

* Euro Fed Lipid Members are direct members as well as members of AFECG, Czech Chemical Society (Oils & Fats Group), DGF, GERLI, Greek Lipidforum, KNCV (Oils & Fats Group), Nordic Lipidforum, METE (Hungarian Scientific Society for Food Industry, Vegetable Oil Division), Polish Food Technologists Society, (Oils & Fats Section) SCI (Oils & Fats Group) or SISSG (Societá Italiana per lo Studio delle Sostanze Grasse).

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Cancellations received on or before 13 February 2009 will be refunded minus a 30 Euro processing fee. After that date until 9 March 2009, 50% of the paid registration fee will be refunded. There will be no refund for cancellations after 9 March 2009 or No-Shows. Substitute participants can be named anytime without additional costs.
If the congress is cancelled for whatever reason, paid fees will be refunded. Further recourse is excluded.

The Venue

The symposium takes place at the historical Pauliner Church
Papendiek 14
37073 Goettingen

The Pauliner Church ? which now forms part of the historical building compound of Göttingen State and University Library ? is an architectural monument of the highest rank. It was the first church in Göttingen built in Gothic style and was used by the Dominicans as part of their monastery (founded in 1294). The building reflects the architectural tradition of the mendicant order.

When the Reformation started in Göttingen in 1529, the Dominicans had to struggle for the survival of their monastery. Since the town council had no authority over parish churches ? these were under ducal patronage ? the city leaders decided to hold Lutheran services in the mendicant churches, in particular in the Dominican church, as it was the town?s largest. Thus, the Pauliner Church was the place in Göttingen where the earliest protestant baptism was administered.

After secularization in the sixteenth century, a grammar school was set up in the former Dominican monastery and soon enjoyed widespread reputation. The school formed the heart of what later became the university (founded in 1737) and its library (founded in 1734 already).

Goethe, Heinrich Heine, and the Grimm Brothers visited the library frequently. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was one of the most ardent admirers of the library and a keen user of its holdings. For Christian Gottlob Heyne, professor and librarian in Göttingen, the "Historical Hall" (the name stems from the fact that the history books were kept here), constituted the culmination of decades of hard work. Heinrich Heine made this hall the climax of the library dream in his Harzreise.

In World War II, the Pauliner Church was destroyed. After its reconstruction, the book hall was first used as the largest lecture hall.

Since moving into its new building in 1992, Göttingen State and University Library has used the church as an exhibition and conference center.


The city was founded between 1150 and 1200. In medieval times the city was a member of the Hanseatic League and hence a wealthy town. Today Göttingen is famous for its old university (Georgia Augusta, or "Georg-August-Universität"), which was founded in 1737 and became the most visited university of Europe.

In 1837 seven professors protested against the absolute sovereignty of the kings of Hanover; they lost their offices, but became known as the "Göttingen Seven". They include some well-known celebrities: the Brothers Grimm, Heinrich Ewald, Wilhelm Weber and Georg Gervinus. Also, German chancellors Otto von Bismarck and Gerhard Schröder went to law school at the Göttingen university. Karl Barth had his first professorship here. Some of the most famous mathematicians in history, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Bernhard Riemann and David Hilbert were professors at Göttingen.

Like other university towns, Göttingen has developed its own folklore. On the day of their doctorate, postgraduate students are drawn in handcarts from the Great Hall to the Gänseliesel-Fountain in front of the Old Town Hall. There they have to climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the Gänseliesel (Goose girl). This practice is actually forbidden by law, but the law is not at all enforced. She is considered to be the most-kissed girl in the world.

Nearly untouched by Allied bombing in World War II, the inner city of Göttingen is now an attractive place to live with many shops, cafes and bars. For this reason, many university students live in the inner city and give Göttingen a young face. In 2003, 45% of the inner city population was only between 18 and 30 years of age.

Economically, Göttingen is noted for its production of optical and fine mechanical machinery, including the light microscopy division of Carl Zeiss, Inc. ? the region around Göttingen advertises itself as "Measurement Valley". The city's railway station to the west of the city centre is on Germany's main north-south railway.

Interactive Streetmap

Getting There and Away:

By plane:

Recommended airports are Hannover, Frankfurt and Hamburg. Göttingen is a stopover of the ICE high-speed train.

By car:

Leave the Autobahn (A 7) at the Goettingen exit heading toward Goettingen on Kasseler Landstrasse. Continue on this street (which changes its name to Groner Landstrasse, Groner-Tor-Strasse.) just into the old town (after the railroad underpass). You can park your car at the parking ramp on Groner-Tor-Strasse. Now go by foot a bit further along Groner Strasse. After crossing the Leinekanal, go left (north) on Papendiek, here the street forks. Proceed along Papendiek a little more than two short blocks. Soon you will see on your right the courtyard called "Lichtenberghof," with a sculpture of this famous Goettingen scholar seated therein. Go in here and use the building entrance which is straight ahead of you.

By train:

Leave the train station heading toward the downtown ("Innenstadt"), i.e., toward the east. Cross the train station's plaza diagonally in the direction of the bus platforms. You will see a pedestrian crossing with stoplight. Cross the divided street (Berliner Strasse) and continue straight ahead on the Goethe - Allee heading downtown. Continue along the right-hand side of this street. Directly at the Leinekanal, at the corner of the Goethe - Allee / Prinzenstrasse and Papendiek, turn right onto Papendiek. After a few meters, you will see the courtyard named "Lichtenberghof" on the left (east) side of the street, after the historical library building proper. Use the entrance straight ahead of you at the end of the courtyard, passing the sculpture of the seated famous Goettingen scholar on your left.

A room contingent has been reserved at the
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Bahnhofsallee 1a, 37081 Göttingen
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The hotel is located at the main station and close to the congress venue.

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