Students and faculty in the Integrative Plant Biology and Bioenergy (IPBB) group will be holding a symposium Saturday, November 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 105 Felmley Hall.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty to discuss their research and education efforts, learn about what others are doing, as well as get to know each other better. Free food and drinks will be provided. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact John Sedbrook.


8:30–9 a.m. Mingle and grab doughnuts, bagels, and drinks

9–9:30 a.m. Opening remarks by John Sedbrook; lab member presentations (Cynthia Cass and Michaela Lottes)—”Engineering Plants with Zip Lignin”; “Pennycress As a New Winter Annual Oilseed Cover Crop”

9:30–9:55 a.m. Viktor Kirik lab (Christy Moore and Samantha Atkinson)—”Microtubule Organization”; “Cell Wall Mutants in Arabidopsis Thaliana”

9:55–10:10 a.m. Bethany Evans Campbell (greenhouse manager)—”Exploring the Greenhouses at Illinois State University”

10:10–10:35 a.m. Tom Hammond lab (Jay Pyle and Austin Harvey)—”Spore Killing in Fusarium and Neurospora”

10:35–11 a.m. Break

11–11:20 a.m. Martha Cook lab (Tim Rockwell)—”Structure and Evolution of Plants and Algae”

11:20–11:40 a.m. Vickie Borowicz lab (Ashley Hembrough)—”Parasites, Pollinators, and Pesky Weevils”

11:40–11:55 a.m. Roger Anderson lab (Chris Loebach)—”Investigating Seed Dispersal in the Invasive Plant, Alliaria Petiolata”

11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Diane Byers lab (Tyler Rippel and Robert Philips)—”Studies of the Prairies: Determinates of Sex Variation and Differential Selection for Competitive Ability”