Day 1 – Thursday, August 4    ^TOP

3:00 pm – 7:15 pm Registration Open and Poster Set Up


7:15 pm – 7:30 pm Opening Remarks
Richard Sayre, LANL

Nambe Room

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Opening Keynote Lecture
Maureen McCann, Purdue University

8:45 pm – 9:30 pm Poster Sessions and Opening Reception
Pojoaque and OhKay Rooms

Day 2 – Friday, August 5    ^TOP

7:00 am – 8:00 am Coffee and Pastries

7:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration Open

8:30 am – 10:30 am Engineering Plants and Algae for Enhanced Biomass Yield
Chair: Kim Ogden, University of Arizona
8:30–9:00John Mullet, TAMU
Crop Modeling, Genomic Analysis, Selection and Design of Energy Sorghum
9:00–9:30Richard Sayre, LANL/NMC
Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency in Plants and Algae
9:30–10:00Andrew Groover, USDA Forest Service, University of California, Davis
Systems Biology of Tension Wood Formation
10:00–10:30Maureen Hanson, Cornell University
Enhancing the Efficiency of Photosynthesis in C3 Plants

10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Engineering Plants and Algae for Enhanced Biomass Yield
Chair: John Mullet, TAMU
11:00–11:30Kim Ogden, University of Arizona
Algal Cultivation Strategies for Advanced Biomass Yield
11:30–NoonJamey Young, Vanderbilt
Modeling Carbon Flux in Photosynthesis
Noon–12:30Adriana Pacheco Moscoa, Tecnológico de Monterrey
Transcriptome Response to High CO2 Concentrations of an Environmental Microalgae After Eight Years of Enrichment: Implications in Carbon Capture and Byproduct Generation

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Ligno-Cellulose Structure, Synthesis and Engineering
Chair: Marcos Buckeridge, University of São Paulo
1:30–2:00Sandrasegaram Gnanakaran, LANL
Computational Studies of Components of Plant Cell Wall and Thylakoid Membrane
2:00–2:30Breeanna Urbanowicz, University of Georgia
Elucidating the Mechanism of Xylan Biosynthesis: From Genes to Function
2:30–3:00Candace Haigler, North Carolina State University
New Insights into the Structure and Function of Plant Cellulose Synthase and the Cellulose Synthesis Complex

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Tea Break

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Ligno-Cellulose Structure, Synthesis and Engineering
Chair: Nick Carpita, Purdue University
3:30–4:00 Phillip Rushton, Purdue University
Modeling Molecular Structure of a Cellulose Synthase Plant Conserved Region with X-ray Crystallography and Small Angle X-ray Scattering Illustrates Potential Functions
4:00–4:30 Marcos Buckeridge, University of São Paulo
Cell Wall Metabolism and Biomass of Sugarcane May Change Under Different Stressing Conditions Related to the Global Climate Change
4:30–5:00 Peter Ciesielski, NREL
Mesoscale Modeling of Coupled Transport Phenomena and Conversion Kinetics in Plant Cell Walls and Biomass Particles
5:00–5:30 Alex Yi-Lin Tsai, Joint BioEnergy Institute
Feruloyl Transferases AT5, AT9 and AT10 in the BAHD Family are Involved in Cell Wall Biosynthesis in Grasses

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Posters Sessions

7:30 pm – 8:45 pm Dinner with Featured Keynote Lecture
Todd Anderson, Department of Energy

Day 3 – Saturday, August 6    ^TOP

8:00 am ‐ 9:00 am Coffee and Pastries

8:30 am ‐ 10:30 am Next Generation Bioenergy Feedstocks and Bioproducts, Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability of Biofuel Systems
Chair: Omar Holguin, NMSU
8:30–9:00Chris Staiger, Purdue University
Myosins XI are Involved in Trafficking of Cellulose Synthase Complexes in Arabidopsis
9:00–9:30Clint Chapple, Purdue University
The Role of the Mediator Complex in the Regulation of Lignin Deposition
9:30–10:00Jason Quinn, Colorado State University
Techno-economic and Life Cycle Assessment: Integration of Experimental Systems with Engineering Process Modeling
10:00–10:30Nate McDowell, LANL
Impact of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems

10:00 am ‐ 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am ‐ 12:30 pm Bioproducts and Lignocellulosic Biomass; Biomass Processing and Modeling
10:30–11:00John Gordon, LANL
Chemical Conversion of Carbohydrates to Alkanes
11:00–11:30Steven Thomas, Department of Energy–BETO
Regional Feedstock Partnership Data Underpin Yield Assumptions in the 2016 Billion Ton Update
11:30–NoonOmar Holguin, NMSU
The Green Marathon: Algal Cultivation, Crop Protection, Co-products and Conversion as NMSU
Noon–12:30Heather Coleman, Syracuse University
RNAi Suppression of Lignin Biosynthetic Genes in Sugarcane Improves Glucose Release Without Impacting Sucrose Production

12:30 pm ‐ 1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm ‐ 5:00 pm Afternoon free to enjoy beautiful Santa Fe

5:00 pm ‐ 6:30 pm Poster Viewing

6:45 pm ‐ 8:00 pm Closing Party
Buffet Dinner at the Outside Terrace of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Day 4 – Sunday, August 7    ^TOP

8:00 am – 9:00 am Coffee and Pastries

9:00 am – 10:30 am Biomass and Biofuel Systems Innovations
9:00–9:30Brent Shanks, Iowa State University
Intergrating Biology and Chemistry for the Production of Bioproducts
9:30–10:00Daniel Bush, Colorado State University
Rice AP2/ERF Transcription Factor Overexpression Increases Biomass Accumulation and Grain Yield While Simultaneously Enhancing Tolerance to Abiotic Stress
10:00–10:30AM Sangeeta Negi, New Mexico Consortium
Phototropin; A Master Regulatory Control Gene that Controls Photosynthesis and Growth Processes in Chlamydomonas

10:30 am – 11:00 am Closing Remarks