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Resurgence of duckweed research and applications: report from the 3rd International Duckweed Conference


Duckweed, flowering plants in the Lemnaceae family, comprises the smallest angiosperms in the plant kingdom. They have some of the fastest biomass accumulation rates reported to date for plants and have the demonstrated ability to thrive on wastewater rich in dissolved organic compounds and thus could help to remediated polluted water resources and prevents eutrophication. With a high quality genome sequence now available and increased commercial interest worldwide to develop duckweed biomass for renewables such as protein and fuel, the 3rd International Duckweed Conference convened at Kyoto, Japan, in July of 2015, to update the community of duckweed researchers and developers on the progress in the field. In addition to sharing results and ideas, the conference also provided ample opportunities for new-comers as well as established workers in the field to network and create new aliances. We hope this meeting summary will also help to disseminate the key advances and observations that have been presented in this conference to the broader plant biology community in order to encourage increased cross-fertilization of ideas and technologies.

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Appenroth, KJ., Sree, K.S., Fakhoorian, T. et al. Resurgence of duckweed research and applications: report from the 3rd International Duckweed Conference. Plant Mol Biol 89, 647–654 (2015).

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  • Duckweed
  • Aquatic plant
  • Biomass
  • Plant–microbe interaction
  • Phytoremediation
  • Plant genomics
  • Plant model
  • Bioenergy
  • Renewables
  • Sustainable agriculture