Climate Change-Linked Stress Tolerance in Plants (Keystone Symposia)

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Schloss Herrenhausen
Fachpublikum Wissenschaft

Experts will discuss future challenges and solutions to climate change-linked stress tolerance in plants at the Keystone Symposia Conference in Hannover on May 14-16, 2019.

Young corn growing in dry environment: Experts discuss the enhancement of plant vitality while limiting agricultural yield losses due to climate change. (Photo: ©2017 Igor Stevanovic -
Young corn growing in dry environment: Experts discuss the enhancement of plant vitality while limiting agricultural yield losses due to climate change. (Photo: ©2017 Igor Stevanovic -

Current and anticipated impacts of climate change and atmospheric gases on water availability and weather extremes affect the production of crops that provide food and fiber to meet the growing needs of humanity. Innovative research on crops, related wild species and model plant species is enabling the identification of stress signaling, metabolic and developmental strategies that limit yield loss in zones with increased climate stress and variability. The use of functional genomics to dissect abiotic stress sensing and signaling networks and the downstream adjustments in metabolism and development continue to provide solutions for crop improvement. These advances are accelerated by tools such as genome editing and use of synthetic biology to fine-tune key pathways. Moreover, advances in genomics and GWAS approaches provide powerful platforms towards identifying new genes and mechanisms for increasing plant vigor while limiting yield losses in agriculture. New advances in physiological and molecular phenotyping and recognition of synergistic multigene combinations that provide stress resiliency without limiting productivity promise to enable rapid deployment of advantageous genetic combinations. This conference will bring together experts pursuing advances on the cutting edge of climate change-linked stress tolerance in plants and provide a dynamic interactive setting to map future challenges and solutions.

Keystone Symposia Conference "Climate Change-Linked Stress Tolerance in Plants"
May 14-16, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany


A detailed program can be found at the conference website:

Conference Topics at a glance 

- Harnessing Stress Tolerance from Genetic Diversity
- Responses to Elevated Greenhouse Gases: Physiology to Productivity
- Resilience through Synthetic Solutions
- Developmental Reprogramming under Stress
- Genomes to Stress Resilience Mechanisms
- Discovery of New Stress Tolerance Mechanisms and Loci


The conference is jointly organized by Keystone Symposia and the Volkswagen Foundation. The Scientific Organizers are Julian Schroeder (University of California, San Diego) and Julia Bailey-Serres (University of California, Riverside).

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Silverthorne, Colorado, USA that convenes open, peer-reviewed conferences across a broad range of the life sciences. The mission of Keystone Symposia is to serve as a catalyst for the advancement of biomedical and life sciences by connecting scientists within and across disciplines at conferences and workshops held at venues that create an environment conducive to information exchange, generation of new ideas and acceleration of applications that benefit society. Approximately 50-60 conferences take place each year.


If you want to attend the conference please register through Keystone's website


The conference language is English.

Venue and Public Transport

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take the yellow lines 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".