Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities etc.

If you are hosting or know of an event of interest to the eXtremophyte research community, please let us know. Looking for post-docs or students? Have travel funds to give away? Let us know that, too, and we’ll pass it along.

Funding opportunity for genome sequencing

Dovetail Genomics invites you to apply for one of their End-of-Year Matching Funds Grants.

From their announcement:

Are you studying an organism that doesn’t have a genome assembly? Or do you have a genome that you would like to get to whole chromosomes? This grant will make it easier for you to get the genome assembly you need to drive your research in 2018.

Recipients will receive a matching funds grant of up to $10,000 USD for a de novo genome assembly or $7,500 USD for a scaffolding project from Dovetail Genomics; the leading service provider of genome assemblies.

To enter, simply fill follow the link and fill out the form.  If the link does not work, copy and paste this into your browser: https://dovetailgenomics.com/dovetail-end-of-year-matching-funds-grant-2017/

At Dovetail, we have been dramatically improving both the contiguity and accuracy of genome assemblies for a wide range of organisms, including plants, mammals, fish, reptiles, mollusks, insects and many more and we want to make sure your research can benefit from our expertise!

Your entry must be received before 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time (ET), November 22, 2017 and grant recipients will be contacted by November 27, 2017.

Ph.D positions available at U Birmingham, UK

From ENV-PHYSIOL@JISCMAIL.AC.UK (the environmental physiology mailing list):

Please could you I ask you to advertise the following two PhDs in metabolomics to any potentially interested candidates:

1. BBSRC iCASE with the Health & Safety Executive
Integrating metabolomics and physiological modelling to ensure food safety 
Details here

Quantifying community metabolomes within model freshwater ecosystems and their responses to pollutants
Details here

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Research Support Administrator, David Epps.

Thank you,
Mark Viant
Professor of Metabolomics
University of Birmingham

Gordon Research Conferences Student Participation Support

The GRC has limited funds available through the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship program to support the participation of eligible minority students, faculty and scientists at Gordon Research Conferences. There are programs for both US citizens/permanent residents, and for international (post)graduate students and post-docs. Please follow this link to learn more about, and apply for this program.  Note: you may need to register on at the GRC site before actually accessing the page.

If this does not work, copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

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Salt and Water Stress in Plants
Gordon Research Conference
Abiotic Stress and the Future of Agriculture
June 3 – 8, 2018
For details – follow this link

From the GRC conference announcement:

The availability and quality of soil water are the major environmental factors that limit the potential of a plant to maximize growth and reproductive productivity: the major components of yield for crop plants. The 2018 GRC on Salinity and Water Stress in Plants will focus on shoot and root adaptations to abiotic stress, crop productivity, and food security. The conference will bring together researchers from academia, government, and industry with expertise from molecular systems to trait development to discuss progress in elucidating mechanisms and managing challenges associated with water availability and salinity on both agriculture and ecosystems.

The meeting will address recent advances in understanding water and salt stress tolerance and resistance and will highlight insights emerging from natural genetic variation, advanced breeding and engineered solutions. Talks will consider mechanisms – from the molecular to the organismic level – that influence cellular activities, developmental programs and whole-plant physiology. Emphasis will be placed on the breadth of impact water and salinity have on plants, their relevance to world food security, and how information gained from model and non-model systems can be translated to crops. Topics will include new knowledge of stress signaling and transduction, ion and water homeostasis, photosynthesis, gene and response regulatory systems, as well as developmental plasticity. How we maintain plant productivity in the face of changing environments and shifting distribution ranges as the limits to plant plasticity are reached will also be addressed.

In addition to invited speakers, there will be presentations selected from submitted abstracts and applications, ensuring that late-breaking developments are fully represented.