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               Division "Plant Lipids"

 3rd European Symposium on Plant Lipids

1-4 April 2007

York, Great Britain

From underpinning Research to Applications:

The Role of Plant Oils in a knowledge based Bioeconomy

Following on from the 1st  European Symposium on Plant Lipids "From Fundamental Biology to Industrial and Field Applications" in Aachen, Germany (2003) and the 2nd    European Symposium on Plant Lipids "Upstram and Downstream Aspects of Plant Lipids" in Copenhagen, Denmark (2005) the next meeting is to take place in York.


Ian Graham, CNAP, University of York
Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted Research

The Venue

The venue for the meeting is King?s Manor in the heart of the historic city of York.

Further details can be found at:

NEWFinal Programme:

Sunday 1st April

18.00-19.00 Registration
19.00 Drinks reception at King?s Manor

Monday 2nd April

8.30-9.15 Registration

First session: Membrane Re-Modelling and Membrane Lipid Trafficking
09:15 Keynote lecture: Peter Doermann ? MPI, Golm, Germany
The Galactolipid Digalactosyldiacylglycerol in Photosynthetic and Non-photosynthetic Membranes

09:45 Mike R. Pollard - Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
Acyl-Editing and Acyl-CoA Pools Involved in Phosphatidylcholine Biosynthesis in Pea Leaves

10:00 Teun Munnik - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phospholipid Signalling in Plants - 'Seeing is believing'

10:30 Fred Beisson - Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
Glycerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferases as Key Enzymes in the Synthesis of the Plant Polyesters Cutin and Suberin

10:45 Tea/Coffee Break

Second session: Protein Lipid Interactions
11:15 Keynote Lecture:
Claire Grierson - University of Bristol, UK
The Role of Protein S-acylation in Plant Physiology and Development

11:45 Keynote Lecture: Paul Dupree - University of Cambridge, UK
The Use of Quantitative Proteomic Analysis to Determine the Subcellular Origin of Detergent Resistant Membranes

12:15 Sabine König - University of Göttingen, Germany
Stress-inducible and Constitutive Phosphoinositide Pools have Distinctive Fatty Acid Patterns in Arabidopsis thaliana

12:30 Till Ischebeck - University of Göttingen, Germany
Phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase Isoforms in the Pollen Tube Plasma Membrane Control Distinct Aspects of Tube Growth

12:45 Ingo Heilmann - University of Göttingen, Germany
Control of Arabidopsis Root Hair Growth by Phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase

13:00 Lunch

Third session: Sphingolipids and Sphingolipid Signalling
14:00 Keynote Lecture: Teresa M. Dunn - Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences, Bethesda, USA
Yeast as Sphinx: Characterization of the Arabidopsis Sphingolipid Biosynthetic Pathway

14:30 Simone Zäuner - Biocentre Klein Flottbek, Hamburg, Germany
Fungal Glycosphingolipids in Plant/pathogen Interactions

14:45 Jonathan E. Markham - Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, USA
Arabidopsis Sphingolipidomics and its Application to the Study of Sphingolipid Metabolism

15:00  Louise V. Michaelson - Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
Functional Characterisation of the Arabidopsis Dihydrosphingosine D4-desaturase

15:15 Mike Allen - Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
Emiliania huxleyi Viruses and Sphingolipids

15:30 Tea/Coffee

Poster session

Tuesday 3rd April

First session: New Methods and Technologies
09:00 Keynote Lecture: Tony Larson - University of York, UK
Profiling TAGs and DAGs from developing seeds using LC-MS

09:30 Pawel Stachowiak - University of York, UK
Positional Analysis of Fatty Acids from Complex Plant Triacylglycerol Profiles

09:45 Giovanna Vlahov - Istituto Sperimentale per la Elaiotecnica, Pescara, Italy
13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy for Determining the Acylglycerol Profiles of Vegetable Oils

10:00 Zeev Wiesman - Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
Maldi-Tof-MS Metabolomic Analysis of Saponins in Balanites aegyptiaca Tissues

10:15 Tea/Coffee

Second session: Oil Synthesis, Seed Size and Seed Yield
10:45 Keynote Lecture:
Rod Scott - University of Bath, UK
Modifying Seed Size and Yield  - Testing Technology in Arabidopsis thaliana

Keynote Lecture: Sebastien Baud - INRA, Versailles, France
Deciphering the Regulation of Fatty Acid Synthesis in Maturing Seeds of Arabidopsis

11:45 Keynote Lecture: Peter Geigenberger, MPI, Golm, Germany
Regulation of Storage Metabolism in Oil-seeds

12:15 Wendy Pline-Srnic - Plantechno, Srl, Cremona, Italy
Development of a High Seed-Yielding Tobacco Plant Ideotype for Oil Production?Transforming Tobacco into an Oil Crop

12:30 David Gray - University of Nottingham. Loughborough, UK
Tocochromanol Composition of Oil Bodies

12:45 Enrique Martinez Force - Instituto de la Grasa. CSIC, Sevilla, Spain
Bottlenecks in the Oil Biosynthesis in Sunflower

13:00 Lunch

Third session: Breakdown
14:00 Keynote Lecture:
Ian Graham - University York, UK
Differential Regulation of Storage Lipid Mobilization in Endosperm and Embryo Tissues

14:30 Keynote Lecture: Pete Eastmond - University of Warwick-HRI, UK
The Role of Patatin-domain Triacylglycerol Lipases in Regulating Oil Breakdown during Arabidopsis Seed Development and Post-germinative Growth

15:00 Frederica Theodoulou - Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
Roles of the COMATOSE ABC Transporter in Beta-oxidation: Novel Mutants Discriminate between Multiple Functions

15:15 Anette Henriksen - Carlsberg Laboratory, Valby, Denmark
Substrate Pockets and Electron Encapsulation in Arabidopsis thaliana Acyl-CoA Oxidases

15:30 Tea/Coffee

Forth session: Oxylipins
16:00 Keynote Lecture: John Pickett - Rothamsted Research, UK
Cis-Jasmone: Not a Sink but a Sophisticated Signal

16:30 Keynote Lecture: Ivo Feussner -  University Goettingen, Germany
Oxylipins, Evolutionary Conserved Signals in Flowering Plants, Mosses, Fungi
and Bacteria

17:00 Alina Mosblech - University of Göttingen
Cross-talk of Phosphoinositide and Oxylipin Signaling during the Wounding Response of Arabidopsis thaliana

17:15 Paulina Dabrowska - Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
Enzyme Assisted Isomerization of 12-oxophytodienoic Acid in the Insect's Gut and its Significance for the Herbivore

17:30 Finish

19:30: Congress Dinner at Williams College, founded 1465


Wednesday 4th April

First session: Plant Lipids as Industrial Feedstocks
09:00 Keynote Lecture: Johnathan Napier - Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
Long-chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Production in Oilcrops

Keynote Lecture: John M. Dyer, USDA, York, UK
Subcellular Organisation of Tung Oil Biosynthetic Machinery

10:00 Keynote Lecture:  Toni Slabas - University Durham, UK
Title to be confirmed

10:30 Keynote Lecture: Sten Stymne,  University of Alnarp, Sweden
What we know and what we do not know about Unusual Fatty Acid Incorporation into Triacylglycerols

11:00 Tea/Coffee

Second session: Fatty Acid Modification: New Enzymes on the Scene

11:30 Keynote Lecture:John Shanklin, Brookhaven National Lab, Brookhaven, USA
Insights into Desaturase Mechanism

12:00 Mareike Hoffmann - University of Göttingen, Germany
Bifunctional Enzymes as Tools for Understanding Fatty Acid Desaturase Substrate Specificity

12:15 Olga Sayanova - Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
Production of D5 Non-methylene ?interrupted Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Transgenic Arabidopsis Plants

12:30 Rene Lessire - University of Bordeaux II, France
HCD1 Encodes a 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA Dehydratase Required for Normal Wax Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana

12:45 Frédéric Domergue - University of Bordeaux II, France
Fatty Acid Reductases involved in Wax Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis

13:00 Lunch and departure

Poster Presentations

Membrane Re-modelling and Membrane Lipid Trafficking

J.M. Martinez-Rivas, Sevilla/E: Pathways for oleate and linoleate desaturation in olive callus cultures
D. Kaczmarzyk, Goettingen/D: Fatty acid metabolism in cyanobacteria
M.  Fulda, Goettingen/D: Fatty acid metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
G. Hölzl, Potsdam/D: Role of DGDG for photosynthesis and phosphate deprivation as revealed by exchange with a bacterial glycolipid

Protein Lipid Interactions

F. Furt, Bordeaux/F: Role of Lipid Rafts in Plant Lipid-signalling Pathways
F. Torrens, Valencia/E: Binding of soluble, globular proteins to anionic model membranes
A.A,. Kelly, Stockholm/S: Studies of (Galacto)Lipid - Protein Interactions

Sphingolipids and Sphingolipid Signalling

H. Imai, Kobe/J: Involvement of sphingoid base-1-phosphate lyase in drought stress responses in Arabidopsis
P. Denny, Durham/GB: Inositol phosphorylceramide synthase: a missing link in plant sphingolipid biosynthesis

New methods and technologies

J.H.P. Tyman, Uxbridge/GB: Synthetic and Natural 5-alkylresorcinols

Oil Synthesis, Seed Size and Seed Yield

Y. Amir, Tizi Ouzou/DZ: impact of external factors on kernel yield, oil content and fatty acid composition of peanut
Ĺ. Ekman, Alnarp/S: Partitioning of Carbon Flow Between Starch and Lipid in Oat
G.  Pujol, Reus/E: Gradient of lipid storage in maturation of Prunus dulcis seed: a biochemical approach
A. Bellamy, Le Rheu/F: Protein composition of oil bodies from Brassica napus seeds
I. Bancroft, Norwich/GB: Towards the global genetic architecture of seed oil biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana: QTL analysis in 6 new RI populations
S. Leonova, Alnarp/S: Omega 3 Oat ? A concept oat with improved balance of unsaturated fatty acids


M. Rudolph, Göttingen/D: The activity of a patatin-like phospholipase precedes the lipoxygenase dependent degradation of storage lipids
S.P. Slocombe, York/GB: Role of the fatty acid breakdown pathway in the leaf


E.O. Fedina, Kazan/RUS: Lipoxygenase signaling cascade is involved in the regulation of brassinosteroid-induced tyrosine phosphorylation of proteins participating in the photosynthetic cycle of CO2 acceptor regeneration
K. Sauer, Goettingen/D: Structure and Properties of Physcomitrella patens Allene Oxide Cyclase I
F. Rui, Jena/D: Eicosanoid derived pheromones in brown algae

Plant Lipids as Industrial Feedstock

U. Iskandarov, Sede-Boker/IL: Cloning and functional characterization of a PUFA elongase from the green microalga Parietochloris incisa
T. Chardot, Thiverval Grignon/F: Plant oil bodies: the most simple organelle in plants ?
M. Wagner, Goettingen/D: OLeRa: Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Linseed and Canola ? Novel breeding and transgenic approaches
M. Venegas-Calerón, Harpenden/GB: Perkinsus marinus: from an oyster plague to a PUFA factory
R. Haslam, Harpenden/GB: Engineering the Production of Very Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty acids (VLC-PUFAs) in Arabidopsis.
Y. Raoul, Hull/GB: Echium Oil- Valuable Source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
J. Roche, Toulouse/F: Useful oil components in sunflower grains: genotypic variability.
M. Alignan, Toulouse/F: Variability in phytostanols content in wheat kernel

Fatty Acid Modification: New Enzymes on the Scene

M.N. Omar, Kuala Lumpur/MAL: Stereoselective synthesis of pharmaceutical molecules from linoleic acid
B.  Bourdenx, Bordeaux/F: Characterization of CER1, a putative aldehyde decarbonylase involved in Arabidopsis thaliana epicuticular wax synthesis
J. Joubes, Bordeaux/F: Expression profiling of the VLCFA elongase gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana
V. Sauveplane, Strasbourg/F: Expression of a P450 fatty acid modifying enzyme (P-1 FAM) in yeast and in insect cells: detection of a minor metabolite.

Other Topics

T.K. Lee, Geoje/ROK: Changes of Biochemical and Lipid Composition of Phytoplankton (Prorocentrum minimum) in Environmental Factor; Effects of Light Intensity and Temperature
S. Paradis, Ivry sur Seine/F: Diacylglycerol pyrophosphate: a new lipid second messenger involved in early ABA signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana
F. Beaudoin, Harpenden/ GB: Characterisation of Arabidoposis thaliana microsomal beta-keto reductase canditades in yeast and in transgenic plants using an RNAi approach
 R. Kannangara, York/ GB: Transcription factor WIN1/SHN1 regulates cutin biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana
A. Lohmann, Potsdam/D: Characterisation of the Arabidopsis AtmenG mutant deficient in phylloquinone methylation
N. Gaude, Golm/D: Galactolipids are crucial for nodule formation in Lotus japonicus
M. Kanwicher, Potsdam-Golm/D: Phytol metabolisms in leaves and seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana
A. Nerlich, Potsdam/D: Characterisation of Arabidopsis mutants deficient in Phosphatidylserine Decarboxylase activity
A.M. Zbierzak, Gom/D: Phytol metabolism in the chilling sensitive mutant chs1 of Arabidopsis thaliana
A.R. Matos, Lisbon/P: Stress effects on mitochondrial membranes: Lipid composition and respiratory properties of salicylic acid treated soybean hypocotyls

Call for Papers

The organisers still accept  volunteer contributions for  posters.
To submit your poster please prepare an one-page abstract according to the model shown here and store it in rich text format (.rtf) for submission.

List of papers (Scientific Committee only, password needed)


Please make your participant registration via our online booking system Alternatively you can send in the booking form by either fax or post.
Capacity of the lecture hall is limited, please make sure not to register last minute. The organisers reserve the right to refuse last minute registrations in case room capacity is exceeded.

Fees  NEW(Deadline extended due to late publication of the programme)

Status before 9 March 2007 after 9 March 2007
Registration Fee Member 190 Euro 230 Euro
Registration Fee Non-Member 250 Euro 290 Euro
Registration Student* (Member)
50 Euro 90 Euro
Registration Student* (Non-Member)
90 Euro 140 Euro

* proof required, e.g. copy of student card

The registration fee includes entry to the scientific programme, the book of abstracts, a list of participants, coffee breaks and lunches, as well as a free registration for the drinks reception. After registration you will receive an invoice. The invoice is available directly with the online registration. The registration fee does not include the dinner on  Tuesday evening, which is a ticketed event. To register for the dinner please tick the appropriate box. The price is 60 Euros excluding drinks. The dinner takes place at Williams College.

If you would like to take advantage of the reduced registration fee for members by becoming a Euro Fed Lipid  Member, please click here for details.


Cancellation received on or before 9 March 2007 will be refunded in full less a 30 Euro processing fee. After that date the cancellation charge is 50% of the registration fee. Should the congress be cancelled, paid fees will be refunded. Euro Fed Lipid is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants.


Getting There and Away:

York is located in the North of England and can be reached comfortably by train or car.
By air, York can be reached via three airports, Leeds/Bradford, Humberside and Manchester.
For further travel information please click here.
Maps and directions to the venue are also available at:

Below you will find some suggestions. Please make your own arrangements with the hotels.

Youth Hostel-style Accommodation
York International Youth Hostel (less than 1/2 mile from King's Manor)
Water End, Clifton, York YO30 6LP
Telephone: +44/1904 653147; Fax: +44/1904 651230

York Backpackers (less than 1/2 mile from King's Manor, inside the city walls in a Georgian Mansion)
88-90 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
Telephone: +44/1904 627720; Fax: +44/1904 339350

B&Bs, Guest Houses, Small Hotels
Jorvik Hotel, 22 rooms all en-suite                                                FULLY BOOKED!
50-52 Marygate, Bootham, York YO30 7BH
Telephone: +44/1904 653511; Fax: +44/1904 627009

23 St Mary's Bed and Breakfast, 9 rooms all en-suite
23 St Mary's Street, Bootham, York YO30 7DD
Telephone: +44/1904 622738; Fax: +44/1904 621168

The Alhambra Court Hotel 24 rooms all en-suite
31 St Mary's, Bootham, York YO30 7DD
Telephone: +44/1904 628474; Fax: +44/1904 610690
Price for a single en suite room (including breakfast) starts at Ł37.50 (appr. 56 ?) per night

Clifton Bridge Hotel 14 rooms all en-suite
Water End, Clifton, York YO30 6LL
Telephone: +44/1904 610510; Fax: +44/1904 640208

The Avenue Guest House 7 rooms
6 The Avenue, Clifton, York YO30 6AS
Telephone: +44/1904 620575

Bootham Bar Hotel 14 rooms (closest to King's Manor, next to the city gate)
4 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH
Telephone: +44/1904 658516; Fax: +44/1904 634573

Hobbits Hotel 19 rooms
9 St Peters Grove, Bootham, York YO30 6AQ
Telephone: +44/1904 624538; Fax: +44/1904 651765

Four Seasons family-run B&B, 5 rooms
7 St Peters Grove, Bootham, York YO30 6AQ
Telephone: +44/1904 622621; Fax: +44/1904 620976

Cavalier Hotel 10 rooms, high standard (a bit further away but still within a mile of King's Manor)
39 Monkgate, York YO31 7PB
Telephone: +44/1904 636615; Fax: +44/1904 636615

Larger / more expensive hotels
The Grange Hotel 30 rooms all en-suite (close to King's Manor; old style grandeur, high standard)
1 Clifton, York YO30 6AA
Telephone: +44/1904 644744; Fax: +44/1904 612453

The Churchill Hotel (close to King's Manor; high standard, special rates for more than one night)            FULLY BOOKED!
65 Bootham, York YO30 7DQ
Telephone: +44/1904 644456; Fax: +44/1904 652447
Night prices agreed (including breakfast) are:
Ł70, single
Ł75, executive
Ł80, double
Ł85, bridal suite

Dean Court Hotel 39 rooms all en-suite (close to King's Manor, next to the Minster; very high standard)
Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EF
Telephone: +44/1904 625082; Fax: +44/1904 620305

Monkbar Hotel 99 rooms (a bit further, but within easy walking distance)
Monkbar, York YO31 7JA
Telephone: +44/1904 638086; Fax: +44/1904 629195

Hilton York 130 rooms (a bit further away, in centre city, facing the castle, Clifford's Tower; a new hotel of the big city hotel type, very high standard)
1 Tower Street, York YO1 9WD
Telephone: +44/1904 648111; Fax: +44/1904 610317

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