7th AGRI-net International Plant Chemical Biology conference

Monday 25th June 2018 from 9:30 to 16:00 


The 7th AGRI-net International Plant Chemical Biology conference aims to stimulate collaborations between the chemical biology and agri-science research communities drawn from academia and industry. This one-day meeting provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and approaches to tackle challenges in sustaining and protecting food and fibre production and will cover a wide spectrum of research, with poster contributions from both the chemical biology and agri-sciences communities.


Syngenta Jealott’s Hill International Research Station, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 6EX 


09:30 - 09:45   Registration and coffee

09:45 - 10:00   Welcome, general introductions and house-keeping announcements

Session I – Chair: Andrew Crossthwaite (Syngenta)

10:00 - 10:35   CHRISTOPH ZIMMER, Syngenta, Switzerland

Challenges in working with and pinpointing the determinants of

differential toxicity in arthropods

10:35 - 11:10    GAIL PRESTON, University of Oxford, UK

The impact of the host microenvironment on plant disease development

11:10 - 11:30    Coffee and Poster Session

Session II – Chair: Mike Csukai (Syngenta)

11:30 - 12:05     NICK TALBOT, University of Exeter, UK

Chemical genetic analysis reveals a MAP kinase signalling pathway for

cell-to-cell movement by the rice blast fungus during plant tissue invasion

12:05 - 12:40     NICK BROOKS, Imperial College London, UK

Measuring diffusion across model plant lipid membranes

12:40 - 13:10     FLASH PRESENTATIONS

13:10 - 14:10     Lunch and Poster Session

Session III – Chair: Rudiger Woscholski (Imperial College London)

14:10 - 14:45      RICHARD NAPIER, University of Warwick, UK

Molecular maps of auxin receptors and how selectivity has changed

over evolution

14:45 - 15:20      KYOKO MORIMOTO, University of Oxford, UK

Chemical proteomics to discover targets of small molecules in plants

15:20 - 15:55      PHILIP WATSON, Newcastle University, UK

The Impact of Safeners on Herbicide Metabolism in Maize

15:55 – 16.10     Closing remarks

16:10                  Meeting close



Laura Barter (l.barter@imperial.ac.uk), Rudiger Woscholski (r.woscholski@imperial.ac.uk), Rita Figueira (rita.figueira@imperial.ac.uk) and Andrew Crossthwaite (andrew.crossthwaite@syngenta.com) 


For any queries or further information about the event, please visit the event webpage or contact Rita Figueira at rita.figueira@imperial.ac.uk