International Symposium on Environmental Stress Adaptation & Memory in Plants

  • Feb. 27-28 2017
  • 1F Hall, Main Office Building, RIKEN Yokohama Campus
  • English
Attendance fee
  • Free
Social gathering
  • Date: Feb. 27 (Mon) 18:00 -
  • Fee: 3,000 yen


All carbon compounds on earth have been formed by plant photosynthesis. Plant growth is affected by various environmental stresses. It is essential for us to increase plant productivity under adverse environments by various approaches for sustainable human life. We think that it is important to analyze the molecular mechanisms of environmental stress adaptation and memory in plants for the improvement of the plant productivity. Recent studies have indicated that epigenetic and RNA regulation mechanisms are involved in these processes. In the international symposium, we will discuss on molecular mechanisms of environmental stress adaptation and memory in plants. In this symposium, we are inviting international leaders and young researchers that have investigated actively in these research fields. In addition, we will present research outputs concerning to our CREST projects on " Creation of essential technologies to utilize carbon dioxide as a resource through the enhancement of plant productivity and the exploitation of plant products " supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and MEXT projects on “Plant Memory”. We are looking forward to your participation in this international symposium.

Organizers: Motoaki Seki (RIKEN CSRS) and Toshinori Kinoshita (Nagoya Univ.)


▶   Monday, February 27, 2017
13:00 - 13:05 Welcome and introduction to the symposium
Organisers: Motoaki Seki (RIKEN CSRS/JST CREST) and Toshinori Kinoshita (Nagoya Univ.)
13:05 - 13:10 Opening remark
Kazuo Shinozaki (Director, RIKEN CSRS)
13:10 - 13:40 "Learning to forget: intersections between stress recovery, RNA turnover and epigenetics"
Barry J. Pogson (Australian National University, Australia)
13:40 - 14:10 "HOS15, a WD40 protein,-mediated chromatin remodeling in plant freezing tolerance"
Dae-Jin Yun (Gyeongsang National University, Korea)
14:10 - 14:40 "Discrete epigenetic changes underpin stress memory in plants"
Jose Gutierrez-Marcos (University of Warwick, UK)
14:40 - 15:10 "Plant linker histones - environmentally-controlled modulators of chromatin state"
Andrzej Jerzmanowski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break
CREST Project Session
15:40 - 16:10 "Epigenetic switch for the novel drought response network in Arabidopsis"
Jong-Myong Kim (RIKEN CSRS, Japan)
16:10 - 16:30 "Regulation of phytohormone signaling by chemical treatment to rice root"
Yuya Suzuki (NARO, Japan)
16:30 - 16:50 "An HDAC inhibitor enhances salinity stress tolerance through promoted root barrier in Arabidopsis thaliana"
Kaori Sako (RIKEN CSRS, Japan)
16:50 - 17:10 "Involvement of histone deacetylases in salt stress response signaling networks"
Minoru Ueda (RIKEN CSRS, Japan)
17:10 - 17:30 "Live imaging of epigenetic modifications in plant cells"
Sachihiro Matsunaga (Tokyo University of Science, Japan)
Group photo
18:00 - 20:00 Party (RIKEN Cafeteria)
▶   Tuesday, February 28, 2017
9:00 - 9:30 "Transcriptional regulatory networks controlling plant growth and stress tolerance
   under abiotic stress conditions"
Kazuko Yamaguchi-Shinozaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
9:30 - 9:50 "Adaptation and regulation of a stress activated transposon in plant"
Hidetaka Ito (Hokkaido University, Japan)
9:50 - 10:10 "Transgenerational establishment of CG and non-CG DNA methylation patterns in Arabidopsis"
Taiko Kim To (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 10:50 "Quantitative and priming memory of cold at Vernalization Insensitive locus 3"
Diana Mihaela Buzas (Tsukuba University, Japan)
10:50 - 11:10 "Heat acclimation in plants: Adaptation to different environmental conditions by epigenetic memory"
Nobutoshi Yamaguchi (NAIST, Japan)
11:10 - 11:30 "Regulation of stomatal movements and epigenetic change in guard cells in response to environmental signals"
Shigeo Toh (Nagoya University, Japan)
11:30 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:30 "Mechanism and Regulation of Heat Acclimation Memory"
Yee-yung Charng (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
13:30 - 13:50 "Novel stress-inducible antisense RNAs of protein-coding loci are synthesized by RDRs in Arabidopsis"
Akihiro Matsui (RIKEN CSRS, Japan)
13:50 - 14:10 "Coordinated regulations of mRNA synthesis and degradation during cold acclimation in Arabidopsis"
Yukako Chiba (Hokkaido University, Japan)
14:10 - 14:30 "Screening of SnRK2 substrates in ABA signaling"
Taishi Umezawa (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 15:30 "Nuclear-localized SOS3 Stabilizes GIGANTEA to Ensure Flowering under Salt Stress"
José M Pardo (CSIC, Spain)
15:30 - 15:50 "Expression of universal stress protein gene (GUSP1) will endure the abiotic stress tolerance
    in transgenic cotton"
Tayyab Husnain (University of the Punjab, Pakistan)
15:50 - 16:10 "Enhancement of abscisic acid receptor improves water use efficiency in crop production"
Masanori Okamoto (Tottori University, Japan)
16:10 - 16:40 "SCHENGEN mutants define a diffusion barrier surveillance pathway in plants"
Niko Geldner (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
16:40 - 16:45 Closing remark



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