Abstract Submission Form

Please complete the form below and include your abstract before March 20th, 2015.

Specify whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation.  We will try to accommodate all requests; however, early submission will increase your chances of getting your first choice.  You will be notified of the time and location for your presentation by email on or about March 30th, 2015. 

Abstract Submission:

The heading of the abstract should include the abstract title (entirely capitalized); the name(s) of the student researcher(s) with an asterisk next to the name of the presenter; the name(s) of the faculty sponsor(s) in parentheses; and finally, the name and address of the institution. There should be one line of space between the heading and the text of the abstract, which should be 200 words or less. An example of a properly formatted abstract is shown below.

Example: Shown below is an example of an abstract submission that is in the preferred format.


THE USE OF TRANSGENIC ALFALFA PLANTS TO ASSESS THE ROLE OF THE PLANT HORMONE CYTOKININ IN NODULATION INDUCED BY RHIZOBIUM SPP. Jamel Ancheta*, Stephen Darrow, and Cyndi Yap (Gary Kuleck), Loyola Marymount University, Dept. of Biology, 7900 Loyola Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

The interaction between leguminous plants and Rhizobium species is believed to result from a progressively more complex signal exchange between the symbiotic bacteria and the plant as the process of nodulation develops. While evidence suggests that the plant hormone cytokinin is involved, techniques have depended on the exogenous application of the plant hormone. Molecular techniques, however, may provide a more precise control on the intracellular levels of the plant hormone. It is the goal of this project to use existing ipt gene constructs to regenerate transgenic plants containing this cytokinin biosynthetic gene under the regulation of tissue-and environmentally-specific promoters. Currently, Kanamycin-resistant plants, tentatively identified as transgenic, have been created in which the ipt gene has been linked to wound-inducible promoter. Progress towards the verification of transfer of the T-DNA will be discussed and future biological experimentation to be carried out on these plants with respect to their association with Rhizobium meliloti will be described.