Plant Biologists Cultivate Ideas in Cairns

Cairns Convention Centre will host the 2021 Congress of International Society for Plant Molecular Biology (IPMB) where 1,200 of the world’s leading plant molecular biologists meet to discuss ways to feed Earth’s increasing population. The winning bid was led by Associate Professor Joshua Mylne from the University of Western Australia with the support of  IPMB and the American Society of Plant Biologists. Multidisciplinary approaches to climate change, population increase and the pivotal roles that plant molecular biology will play in achieving efficient crop production systems will be the main topics under examination.

Dr Mlyne said: “In the next few decades the world expects two billion more mouths to feed while our climate changes, so understanding how plant growth, development and crop yield respond to the environment has never been more important. This congress will bring together over a thousand plant biologists from around the world who are making the latest discoveries on how genes, proteins, metabolism and physiology influence plant growth.”

Ross Steele, general manager, Cairns Convention Centre, said, “Attracting this event is a coup for Cairns and required significant collaboration between academia, government and industry which indicates how important the IPMB Congress is to Australia.”

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