2 July 2013

BioResources Group AGM 2013

Organised by:

SCI’s BioResources Group

University of Reading, UK

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This event is for early career scientists working in biological, chemical, environmental and other relevant sciences and all interested in learning about progress and meeting new talent in agrisciences.

  • Experience presenting to a multidisciplinary audience
  • Raise your profile, build networks, find ideas and inspiration
  • Hone your career skills

The previous three events in this annual series have included a wide range of disciplines such as agronomy, crop and plant physiology, environmental sciences, molecular biology, plant nutrition, soil science, crop protection, analytical chemistry, biofuels and biomaterials.


Event Day

Event Schedule

Chair's welcome
Chemical tools for investigating multiple herbicide resistance in blackgrass Hannah Straker, University of Durham
The development of a biosensor for the infield detection of the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum Stephanie Heard, Rothamsted Research
Does B. cinerea infection affect the interaction between aphids and their natural enemies? Sani Mohamed Yahaya, University of Reading
Refreshment break and poster session
Crossover frequency mapping across resistance gene clusters in Arabidopsis thaliana and Triticum aestivum Carsten Reinhard, University of Cambridge
UV-B inhibits shade-responses in plants Scott Hayes, University of Bristol
Mini-Workshop: Networking for careers and ideas
Chair's welcome
Flash presentations I The effect of mating and feeding on the attraction of Helicoverpa armigera to a floral lure Charles Whitfield, NRI, University of Greenwich Exploiting genetic transformation for abiotic stress-tolerant maize breeding Ayman Almerei, University of Plymouth What might Regulation 1107/2009 mean for innovation and the protection of potatoes from late blight? Sophie Payne, University of Reading
Urban temperatures and plants - differences matter! Madalena Vaz Monteiro, University of Reading
Delayed bolting in rocket for improved quality and greater sustainability Jemma Taylor, University of Warwick
Investigating the origin and transport of methylated arsenic species in rice (Oryza sativa) Charlotte Lomax, Rothamsted Research
Refreshment break and poster session
Spiroindoline causes a decrease in loaded vesicle release at the synapse Francesca Cash, University of Manchester
Accelerated degradation of pesticides: identifying the microbial mechanisms responsible Rachel Yale, University of York/FERA
Exploiting reaction wood to improve sugar release from willow trees - the gravity of the situation Nicholas Brereton, Imperial College, London
Flash Presentations II Storage temperature and simulated shelf-life conditions influence respiration rate and incidence of blackheart disorder in potatoes Elisavet Kiaitsi, Cranfield University Effect of 1-MCP on the physiology and bioactive profile of fresh black pepper berries (Piper nigrum) Emma Collings, Cranfield University Effects of exogenous ethylene on the biochemistry and physiology of sweetpotato roots during storage Robert Amoah, Cranfield University Impact of postharvest processing on the fungal population contaminating African walnut (Tetracarpidium conophorum Mull. Arg) at different maturity stages and potential mycotoxigenic implications Chikere Nkwonta, Cranfield University
Wine Mixer and Prize Giving
Close of event.
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Venue and Contact


University of Reading, Whiteknghts Campus, Palmer Building, Reading, UK

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Delegate Fees

Earlybird fees - before 10 Jun 2013
GB£29 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Member
GB£39 . . . . . . . . . .Non Member

Standard fees- after 10 Jun 2013
GB£45 . . . . . . . . . . SCI Member
GB£55 . . . . . . . . . . Non Member

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Posters will cover the following topics: 
Molecular biology, soil microbiology, functional food, biofortification, RNAi and other novel crop protection approaches, pesticide fate in soil, medicinal plants, pollinators and other ecosystem services, abiotic stress, plant signalling and various analytical techniques.