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Chemical Communication in a Post-Genomic World

Organized by May Berenbaum and Gene Robinson

January 17-29, 2003
Irvine, CA

Day I: Genomics of Chemical Attraction

Morning Session - Genomics of Olfaction
John Winter, Conservation Scientist, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington

Genomics of olfaction in Caenorhabditis elegans
Cori Bargmann, UCSF

Genomics of olfaction in Drosophila melanogaster
John Carlson, Yale University

Genomics of olfactory receptors in rodents
Linda Buck, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Pheromone regulation of division of labor in honey bee colonies: from behavior to gene expression profiles in the brain
Gene Robinson, UIUC

Afternoon Session - Molecular Genetics, Evolution, and Biochemistry of Attractant Signaling

Molecular evolution of the insect and nematode chemoreceptor superfamilies
Hugh Robertson, UIUC

Molecular genetics of pheromone biosynthesis in Lepidoptera
Wendell Roelofs, Cornell University

Central Processing of Chemosensory Signals: Anticipating Post-Genomic Opportunities
John Hildebrand, University of Arizona

Interactions of insects with bacterial symbionts
Nancy Moran, University of Arizona

Evening Session

Can We Survive Without Natural Products Chemistry?
Thomas Eisner, Cornell University

The role of natural products chemistry in a post-genomic world
Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University

Day 2: Molecular genetics/genomics of chemical repulsion and defense

Morning Session: Predator/prey and pathogen/host interactions

Venomous Cone Snails, Specialists in Neuropharmacology: Reconstructing an Evolutionary History of Drug Development
Baldomero Olivera, University of Utah

How Bacteria Talk to Each Other
Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University

Streptomyces secondary metabolites: much more than weapons of mass destruction
Sir David Hopwood, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park

Transcriptional reprogramming and secondary metabolite accumulation during plant/pathogen interactions
Klaus Hahlbrock, Max Planck Institute

Afternoon Session: Plant/Insect Interactions

Allopolyploid speciation and its effects on ecological adaptations: Plant-herbivore interactions in Nicotiana native to North America
Ian Baldwin, Max Planck Institute

Signaling for Herbivore Resistance in Solaneceae Species: Systemins, Prosystemins, and the Symstemin Receptor
Clarence Ryan, Washington State University

Genomics of plant/insect interactions in Arabidopsis
Thomas Mitchell-Olds, Max Planck Institute

Cytochrome P450s in insects—an embarrassment of riches
May Berenbaum, UIUC

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