Important Dates

Early Bird Registration May 31, 2013
Regular Registration July 1, 2013
Abstract Submission July 1, 2013
Conference August 21-24, 2013

Synopsis

The International Conference on Duckweed Research and Applications will focus on facilitating close interactions and coordination between duckweed researchers and application specialists from emerging industries. This workshop will be pivotal for charting a new course of development for this novel micro-crop system through creating a new sense of teamwork and focus in the duckweed community. Working together, we can then realize the great promise of these remarkable plants to alleviate urgent problems of water conservation and biomass production facing our planet.

Host

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Location

Foran Hall, Rooms 138A & 138B
George H. Cook Campus
59 Dudley Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520 USA

Organization Committee

Eric Lam Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Jay J. Cheng North Carolina State University
Robert Martienssen Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Todd Michael SpirodelaGenome.org
Tamra Fakhoorian International Lemna Association
Ryan Integlia em[POWER] Energy Group

In Dedication to Elias Landolt (1926-2013)

Dr. Elias LandoltDr. Elias Landolt started collecting duckweed in the early 1950s as a young researcher. He likely did not foresee how important this seemingly unimpressive endeavor would turn out to be in the future. Elias not only collected these tiny plants but also systematically classified them, which gave his ever growing collection the rank it still holds today: the gold standard for duckweed research. He made significant contributions to the description of duckweed morphology, geobotany and even physiology. His monographs on duckweed systematics, physiology and biochemistry are considered bibles in the field to this day.

In addition to establishing the largest collection of duckweed in the world over the last half century, Elias was well appreciated by his colleagues for his generous sharing of strains as well as providing sage advice upon request. Even in his final days when he was battling serious illness, he continued to assist and train researchers. We fondly remember our visit with Elias during Autumn 2011 when we collected duckweed strains together in Zurich. His enthusiasm for science was infectious and his knowledge about duckweed was truly inspirational.

Considering the rising importance of duckweed at this time when sustainable production of biomass for fuel and feed are urgent problems facing humanity, the resources that were established by Elias are more important than ever. The soon-to-be completed genome sequencing of multiple Spirodela strains from the Landolt collection is a good example of the benefits that the scientific community is now beginning to reap from Elias' work.

In the coming years, we expect to see an exponential rise in the growth of duckweed research and applications that will leverage the resources enabled by Elias' efforts. We therefore dedicate this meeting to acknowledge the contributions of his life-long passion for duckweed. We hope Elias' inspirational vision and steadfast dedication to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge will serve as a role model for us all in this turbulent time when fundamental changes in the way we manage our planet's resources will determine the sustainability of our world.

- Eric Lam and Klaus Appenroth