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VIGS Training School for early stage European researchers
Monday 25th 2012 - Thursday 28th June 2012
Virus induced gene silencing in cereal and non-cereal plant species
Following the 1st International Cereals VIGS Workshop in June 2011, Rothamsted Research received a lot of interest from different research laboratories in applying this reverse genetic tool (i.e. VIGS, Virus-induced gene silencing) for functional genomics in cereals. Therefore we are pleased to announce the Training School on "Virus induced gene silencing in cereal and non-cereal plant species" that will be held at Rothamsted Research from 25 to 28th June 2012.
To train ESRs in the area of Virus Induced Gene Silencing (VIGS) by providing an up to date hands-on programme of experimental exercises
Fifteen scientists from 11 different European countries including UK will be trained by Dr Kostya Kanyuka, Dr Wing-Sham Lee and Prof. Steven R. Scofield (Purdue University, USA), a recognised leader in cereal VIGS. The programme also includes an opening lecture by Professor, FRS and Kt. David C. Baulcombe (Cambridge, UK), the scientist who discovered and established the main principles of gene silencing in plants, and invented VIGS.
Participants will have access to the state of the art containment level 3 (CL3) facility in the Jenkinson building at Rothamsted, a BBSRC-funded development designed to support research with transgenic pathogens, including VIGS and related technologies. This self-contained area includes four walk-in growth rooms, a wet and dry laboratory, and a large general space for experimental purposes. The unit has a separate entrance fitted with an air shower, stepped negative air pressures to reach the growth rooms and robust drainage water, air filtration and waste sterilization systems. The facility was finally authorized for use at containment level 3 (CL3) in spring 2011.
For further information, please contact Dr Kostya Kanyuka. › Provisional Programme
› The event on the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) website
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