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New Technologies to Advance Plant Research

Genetics Society GARNet

A Genetics Society Meeting of the Arabidopsis Sectional Group, discussing new technologies and their use in plant science.

The aim of the workshop is to inform the Arabidopsis and wider plant community of the extensive and varied uses of Next Generation Sequencing in plant research. We hope the workshop will provide an introduction to those researchers to whom NGS remains a black box and inspiration to those hoping to utilise it further in their work.

After an introductory session, the morning presentations will be on re-sequencing, including its use for genome-wide association studies of Arabidopsis genomes, identifying novel mutations, and fine-mapping of quantitative trait loci. The first afternoon sessions will be themed around de-novo and comparative genomics. The final four presentations will be on novel uses of next generation sequencing, ranging from RNA sequencing to mapping chromatin structure.

Date and venue

The one-day workshop will take place on 26 November 2012 at the Foresight Centre at the University of Liverpool, Brownlow Street, Liverpool.

The Foresight Centre is accessible by train and car. It is a 10 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street station, and parking in one of three visitor car parks is £3.50 per car and cannot be booked in advance. For more information about transport to the venue, see the venue website.

Draft Programme

To see the most recent programme of speakers, go to the Programme page.


Please fill out the registration form to register. Registration will close on Friday 2nd November.

There is no registration fee, but attendees will have to cover the cost of their own travel and accommodation.

Suggested Accommodation

The Liner, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB. 3 star; free onsite parking; free wifi. Enquiries: t. 0151 709 7050 e.

Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre, Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1NQ. 4 star; tariff offsite parking; internet access. Book online or enquire: t: 0151 709 7090 e:

Best Western Feathers Liverpool Hotel, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TF. 3 star; wifi. Book online or call 0845 776 7676.


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