2013 Monogram Network Meeting

After a very successful 2012 Monogram Meeting in Aberystwyth, we are excited to announce the next Monogram Network Meeting which will be held in Dundee, at the University Dalhousie Lecture Theatre on 18th-19th April 2013. It will be hosted jointly by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute.

This sequence information is inevitably bringing the close genetic relationship between grass crops into focus, underlying the importance of the Monogram community and our annual Network meeting. 

The meeting comes at a really exciting time in cereal/grass research with the current explosion of sequence data. In 2012, we saw the publication of two cereal genome papers in Nature and this work is already influencing  research in the UK and worldwide. This sequence information is inevitably bringing the close genetic relationship between grass crops into focus, underlying the importance of the Monogram community and our annual Network meeting. 

Another exciting repercussion of the genome sequencing is the development of high throughput genotyping platforms that are bringing academic researchers and the breeding industry closer together, strengthening the links from pure plant science through to application and vice versa.  We certainly hope that the Monogram Network Meeting captures some of the current excitement in the field.

A talk, entitled "Feeding the world: recipes from the bread wheat genome", will be given by Catherine Feuillet, Research Director of the wheat research group at INRA Clermont-Ferrand.

A new venture that we are trying this year is to run the Monogram Network Meeting immediately after the meeting of UK Plant Science ( http://www.plantsci2013.org.uk/ ) in the same venue. This should encourage wider participation by plant and crop scientists in both meetings and hopefully spark some novel interactions within the plant science community. In order to facilitate this interchange, Dundee University will be hosting a ‘Discovery Lecture’ on the afternoon of 17th April, sandwiched between the two conferences.  The talk, entitled "Feeding the world: recipes from the bread wheat genome", will be given by Catherine Feuillet, Research Director of the wheat research group at INRA Clermont-Ferrand.  Catherine Feuillet has been a driving force in the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium and her talk promises to be of wide interest to both research communities.

And if all this was not enough, we will also be awarding the very first Monogram Early Career Award to a young scientist in cereal/grass research.  This has been  initiated by the steering committee to recognise and encourage the individuals who will form our community in the future. 

We are certainly looking forward to hosting the next Monogram Network Meeting and to seeing both old and new friends here in Dundee.  The number of participants is limited to 120 so please do register soon to secure your place. 

See you there

Luke Ramsay

Monogram 2013 event page (Information, and Booking)

Reference papers


  1. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v491/n7426/full/nature11543.html
  2. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v491/n7426/full/nature11650.html?WT.ec_id=NATURE-20121129



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