Abstract Submission and Poster Guidelines

All attendees are welcome to participate with poster presentations. We highly encourage participation from graduate students and post-doctoral scientists.

Abstract Guidelines

All abstracts will be posted on this website for viewing prior to the Symposium. Please be advised that all accepted abstracts are considered public information and by submitting an abstract you agree to license the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to include it on the Fall Symposium website.
Abstracts must be received by September 14, 2018 and should:
  • Relate to the subject of the symposium.
  • Report results of original research or other activity of significant merit.
  • Must not be simply a review or progress report but must contain useful and new information.
  • Must not include references or footnotes.
In order to provide a uniform look to all poster abstracts, we ask that the following guidelines be used:
  • Written in the third person
  • Submitted as a Microsoft Word Document
  • One paragraph in length
  • Body of abstract with a word count of no more than 200.
  • In final form with no grammatical, typographical, or factual errors.
Please format your submission per the example below by following the instruction in red:

Provide a 1.25” margin.
Use Times New Roman 12 in bold for the abstract title.
Use Times New Roman 10 for author and institution identification (use italic for institutions).
Presenting author’s name should be underlined
Proper contact email should follow author names
Use Times New Roman 12 for rest of abstract body and indent first line five spaces.
Text should be left justified
Entire abstract should be single-spaced

Resulting abstract should follow the example below:

Combining gas exchange physiology with genetics to understand leaf photosynthesis and transpiration
Allison R. Kolbe1, Thomas P. Brutnell2, Asaph B. Cousins1, Anthony J. Studer3. Email: astuder@illinois.edu 
1School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. 2Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis, MO, USA. 3University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA.

    Current global challenges highlight the need for sustainable agricultural systems and increases in crop yields. A deeper understanding of how crops balance CO2 uptake for photosynthesis with transpirational water loss will enable the development of crops to meet global food, feed and fuel demands. In 2015, nearly 89 million acres of corn were planted in the United States (USDA), and each acre transpires 3,000-4,000 gallons of water a day (USGS). Even a modest reduction in transpiration while maintaining rates of photosynthesis would constitute large water savings. Time course experiments performed on maize mutants revealed subfunctionalization of duplicated gene copies of carbonic anhydrase in specific grass lineages. These genes play a role in carbon fixation and also in stomatal movement in response to changing CO2 and light conditions. The vast natural genetic variation within maize is also being leveraged to identify leaf traits that affect photosynthesis and transpiration. Preliminary experiments show that significant variation exists between maize lines for traits related to carbon fixation. Furthermore, these phenotypes are robust across environments, suggesting fundamental differences in primary metabolism within a single species. These findings will facilitate the optimization of maize and other crops that can better adapt to the changing global climate.

If you do not receive acknowledgement for your abstract submission or you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please DO NOT RESUBMIT your abstract as this may lead to duplication. Please have the contact person or corresponding author email Kathleen Mackey with details of any revisions or queries.

Poster Guidelines

Posters must be printed on poster paper and should have dimensions of no more than 48” x 48”. Poster boards will be supplied. Space is limited so please submit abstracts early. Poster sessions will take place after the last scientific presentation on Wednesday and Thursday and presenters are asked to be by their posters to answer questions.  

A $200.00 cash prize will be awarded to each of the three best posters. Please indicate in your emailed abstract submission if you want to participate in the poster contest. You can submit more than one poster but only one poster may be in the contest. Faculty can also submit posters but are not eligible for the contest.

The presenting author/person who submitted the abstract and poster assumes full responsibility for the content and we assume that all co-authors are aware of this content.

You must print your poster prior to the Symposium. There are no poster printers available onsite. 

Again, if you have any questions please email Kathleen Mackey.

Click here to email your abstract as a Microsoft Document. Remember: if you would like to be part of the poster contest please include this in the body of your email.
For questions, please contact Kathleen Mackey by email at kmackey@danforthcenter.org or by phone at 314-587-1203.