Agenda of the Compositae Whitepaper Meeting
Thursday, August 17, 2006

8.15 - 9.00 Registration and poster mounting. Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility (GBSF) lobby.

9.00 - 9.15 Welcome and overview of meeting goals. Richard Michelmore (U. California, Davis, USA). GBSF Auditorium.

9.15 - 9.40 Systematics of the Compositae and the International Compositae Alliance. Lowell Urbatsch (Louisiana State University, USA) and Vicki Funk (Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA).

9.40 - 10.00 The Compositae Genome Project. Richard Michelmore (U. California, Davis, USA).

10.00 - 10.30 Break and poster viewing. GBSF lobby.

10.30 - 10.50 Opportunities in Biochemical Genomics. Steve Knapp (U. Georgia, Athens, USA).

10.50 - 11.10 Opportunities in Ecological Genomics. Loren Rieseberg (U. British Columbia, Canada).

11.10 - 11.30 Opportunities in Reproductive Biology and Speciation. Jeannette Whitton (U. British Columbia, Canada) and Simon Hiscock (U. Bristol, UK).

11.30 - 1.00 Lunch and Poster Session. GBSF lobby.

1.00 - 3.00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Taxonomy
  • Genetics and Allelic Diversity
  • Sequencing Genome Characterization
  • Functional Analysis, Secondary Metabolism

3.30 - 5.00 Integrating Session. GBSF Auditorium

6.00 - 8.00 Barbecue. Directions to 36757 Russell Blvd., Davis.

Questions to be addressed

  • What are the opportunities afforded by current and future genomics data?
  • How do we utilize data from model species such as Arabidopsis?
  • What are strong and/or special attributes of the Compositae?
  • What are the (unique) research opportunities for the Compositae?
  • What is currently limiting research on the Compositae?
  • How do we address these limitations?
  • What resources are needed?
  • What are the short, medium and long-term priorities?
  • How do we establish benchmarks and metrics for progress towards meeting these priorities?
  • How do we communicate effectively between Compositae researchers?
  • How do we coordinate research across diverse Compositae species?
  • Should we form a formal steering committee?
  • What database resources are needed?
  • How do we develop controlled vocabularies to facilitate searches across databases?
  • How and when should we sequence which Compositae species?
  • Should we focus on crop and weedy species or should there be a major effort to develop a small-genome model for the Compositae?
  • What are the funding opportunities for the Compositae?
  • Who are the stakeholders and what is their political influence?
  • Who are the key people to be kept informed of research on the Compositae?
  • What are the opportunities relative to the new funding initiatives being directed to bioenergy?
  • What additions need to be made to the draft of the white paper and by who?
  • Others??

These questions and others suggested by meeting participants will be the basis of an on-line questionnaire after the meeting. This information will be used to redraft the whitepaper.