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Duckweed in bloom: the 2nd International Conference on Duckweed Research and Applications heralds the return of a plant model for plant biology

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More than 50 participants from around the world congregated at Rutgers University for 4 days to discuss the latest advances in duckweed research and applications. Among other developments in the field, exciting new information related to duckweed including genome sequencing, improved genetic transformation, and the identification of a novel plant growth promoting substance from bacteria were reported.

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This Conference was supported in part by funds from the National Science Foundation (IOS-1332101), the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences of Rutgers University, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the Rutgers Energy Institute, and the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University. In addition, logistic support by personnel affiliated with the Rutgers Duckweed Stock Cooperative, the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, and the NSF-IGERT project on Renewable and Sustainable Fuel Solutions (DGE-0903675) is gratefully acknowledged.

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Lam, E., Appenroth, K.J., Michael, T. et al. Duckweed in bloom: the 2nd International Conference on Duckweed Research and Applications heralds the return of a plant model for plant biology. Plant Mol Biol 84, 737–742 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11103-013-0162-9

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Keywords

  • Duckweed
  • Lemnaceae
  • Wastewater remediation
  • Biomass production
  • Aquatic agronomy
  • Plant genomics
  • Microbiome
  • Plant growth stimulating bacteria