Abstract Submission


Early abstract submission is recommended; the conference will only accept 160 abstracts (80 oral presentations and 80 poster presentations).

Abstracts should be submitted by no later than Monday, March 10, 2014.

You will also need to register online for the conference.

Guidelines for Presenters

Oral presentations should be 12 minutes long, and we will allow 3 minutes for questions, for a total of 15 minutes.

Posters should be no more than 3' x 4'

Format and Submission

Please submit abstracts using the online submission form. A sample abstract format is also included below. Please format your abstract as follows or your abstract will be returned for correction:

  • Heading (should include the abstract title, entirely capitalized)
  • Name(s) of student researcher(s), with an asterisk next to the name of the presenter
  • Name(s) of faculty sponsor(s) in parentheses
  • Name and address of institution

Text of abstract should be 250 words or less.



THE USE OF TRANSGENIC ALFALFA PLANTS TO ASSESS THE ROLE OF THE PLANT HORMONE CYTOKININ IN NODULATION INDUCED BY RHIZOBIUM SPP. Jamel Ancheta*, Stephen Darrow, and Cyndi Yap (Gary Kuleck), Loyola Marymount University, Dept. of Biology, 7900 Loyola Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

The interaction between leguminous plants and Rhizobium species is believed to result from a progressively more complex signal exchange between the symbiotic bacteria and the plant as the process of nodulation develops. While evidence suggests that the plant hormone cytokinin is involved, techniques have depended on the exogenous application of the plant hormone. Molecular techniques, however, may provide a more precise control on the intracellular levels of the plant hormone. It is the goal of this project to use existing ipt gene constructs to regenerate transgenic plants containing this cytokinin biosynthetic gene under the regulation of tissue-and environmentally-specific promoters. Currently, Kanamycin-resistant plants, tentatively identified as transgenic, have been created in which the ipt gene has been linked to wound-inducible promoter. Progress towards the verification of transfer of the T-DNA will be discussed and future biological experimentation to be carried out on these plants with respect to their association with Rhizobium meliloti will be described.