Here’s a sneak preview of what will be presented at the upcoming Phenome 2017 conference, to be held on Feb. 10-14 in Tucson, AZ.
Phenome 2017 will provide a unique opportunity for plant biologists, engineers, computer and information scientists, chemists, mathematicians, geologists, physicists, and meteorologists to mingle, forge collaborations, share insights, and develop strategies to tackle real-world problems.
The Metabolomics and Large-Scale Biochemical Phenotyping general session will take place on the morning of Tuesday, February 14 at Phenome 2017.
How do plants alter their metabolic processes in response to the environment, and how can we reliably quantify these molecular changes on a large scale?
During February’s Phenome 2017 conference, scientists from a wide range of disciplines will come together to share ideas and discuss ground-breaking approaches to tackle these questions in a dedicated session: ‘Metabolomics and Large-scale Biochemical Phenotyping’. Steering committee member Lloyd Sumner (University of Missouri) is excited to discuss the utility of the field, enthusing, “Metabolomics is being recognized as a high-resolution, biochemical phenotyping tool”. His talk on new integrated metabolomics technologies will address what he sees as the biggest challenge in metabolomics: the large-scale reliable identification of metabolites.
Multidisciplinary teams of researchers have gained insights into metabolomics through the development of innovative phenotyping technologies. Speaker Leslie Hicks (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and colleagues have designed a mass spectrometric pipeline to identify bioactive peptides / metabolites, and Ivan Baxter (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) will describe his work assessing the accumulation of different elements by plants. Phenome 2017 attendees can also hear Courtney Jahn (Colorado State University) describe how metabolic changes help crops deal with stress and Washington State University’s Mark Lange speaking about his work on the evolution of diverse metabolomes in specialized cell types.
Metabolomics researchers will not want to miss the University of Florida’s Andrew Hanson highlighting an underappreciated issue: enzyme error. He explains, “The damaged metabolites produced by enzyme errors and chemical side-reactions are metabolism’s dark underside and can explain many unidentified metabolomics peaks.”