Plant Canada 2024

Workshops – Plant Canada 2024

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Survival in the jungle of scholarly publishing: Building authorship and peer review skills

The world of publication may look like a jungle for graduate students. Join Botany co-Editors-in-Chief Dr. Liette Vasseur and Dr. Shelley Hepworth and journal staff for an interactive workshop designed to demystify the world of scholarly publishing. From selecting the right journal to preparing your submission, learn how to set up your manuscript for success. We will walk you through the peer review process and give tips for handling a variety of different situations, whether you are encountering them as an author or a peer reviewer. We will discuss Open Science, equity and inclusion in publishing, and other topics of interest. This workshop will include breakout activities for an opportunity to participate in hands-on exercises and receive real-time feedback from journal editors and staff. Join us and learn how to map your path to success in publishing your research.

Date: July 7, 2024 from 12:00-2:00PM in Meeting Room 17

Limited to 50 participants.

Moderators: Dr. Liette Vasseur (Brock University), Dr. Shelley Hepworth (Carleton University), Rachel Pietersma (Canadian Science Publishing)

For registration, contact Dr. Minow:

R for biovigilance of phytopathogens based on metabarcoding approach

Metabarcoding combines DNA barcoding with high-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies for rapid and high-throughput identification of multiple species from environmental samples, offering a powerful tool for biodiversity studies and ecosystem monitoring. It has transformed our ability to profile complex microbial communities and track plant pathogens in various environments.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience in metabarcoding-based community analysis using R, a versatile programming language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. You will learn about various R packages and tools that are essential for community data analysis, enabling you to effectively analyze and interpret metabarcoding data.

This workshop is designed to demonstrate how you may use metabarcoding for plant pathogen monitoring and tracking. This is crucial for early detection and management of plant diseases and for agriculture and biodiversity conservation. We will explore case studies and practical applications, highlighting how metabarcoding, combined with R analysis, becomes a potential diagnostic tool for Biovigilance of phytopathogens.

Date: July 7, 2024 from 2:30-4:30PM in Meeting Room 17

Duration: 2 hours

Limited to 50 participants.
Cost $25

Registration is on the main Plant Canada conference page.


Dr. Hervé Van Der Heyden;
Dr. Wen Chen;
Dr. Shaheen Bibi
Dr. Carol Bvindi


Dr. Wen Chen, Ottawa RDC, AAFC; Department of Biology, uOttawa
Dr. Hervé Van Der Heyden, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu RDC, AAFC
Dr. Guillaume Bilodeau, CFIA – Fallowfield

Developing a Community of Practice for Plant Biology Teaching

Join us to discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs, and tips and tricks for teaching plant biology. You’ll leave the session with new ideas for your teaching and new resources and connections to help make your ideas a reality. Beyond that, you’ll be part of a team laying the groundwork and planting the seeds for an online community of like-minded colleagues across the country who believe in plant education and supporting the people who teach it. Participants of all career and experience levels are welcome!
No registration required for conference attendees!

Date: July 8th, 2024 from 11:15AM-1:00PM (1hr 45min)

Limited to 50 participants.

Moderators: David Bird, Lauren Erland, Miranda Meents, Robin Young, Solmaz Irani

Bioinformatics 101: Your first steps into the world of ‘omics’ data analysis

Join us to discuss the basic bioinformatics skills researchers need to begin working in ‘omics’. The workshop will come in two parts. In the first, we will provide a hands-on training that showcases basic command-line coding that will illustrate the power of BASH for data handling and processing of immensely large omics datasets. In the second part we will discuss RNA-seq, the various steps involved and considerations when setting up your first RNA-seq experiment. Ultimately, this workshop is intended to be a first introduction to bioinformatics and as a forum to ask any questions you may have if you intend to have bioinformatics as part of your future research. For Mac/Linux users, you are ready to start command-line tomorrow! For PC/Windows users, consider downloading ‘MobaXterm’ before attendance so that you are ready for working in a Unix environment (!

Date: July 9th, 2024 from 11:30AM-1:00PM

Location: Millennium Room

A Brief Overview of the Gene Editing Landscape in Canada

Plant Biotechnology is at the forefront of scientific innovation in Canada, harnessing diverse tools and technologies to enhance plant genetics and yield products of agricultural, environmental or industrial value. The Plant Biotechnology sector significantly contributes to Canada’s economy, providing 15,000 jobs and over $2 billion to the GDP each year. Beyond scientific and economic prowess, its influence also permeates regulatory frameworks and societal perspectives, shaping its impact on society, the economy and the environment. As a trailblazer in the realm of Plant Biotechnology, Canada is now witnessing a compelling chapter in its scientific narrative, strongly influenced by evolving guidelines amidst the rapid development of genome editing technologies and the adoption of gene-edited crops. Please join us for an open discussion about the gene editing landscape in Canada. Different aspects of the question will be addressed by the panelists, from the basic concepts of gene editing to the regulation, IP protection and commercialization of gene-edited crops and products.

Date: July 9th, 2024 from 11:15AM–1:00PM (1hr 45 min) in the Presentation theatre

Moderator: Dominique Michaud (Laval U)
Panelists: Stacy Singer (AAFC), Hannah Clouthier (CFIA), Jennifer Hubert (CropLife Canada), Steve Webb (GIFS), Pankaj Bhowmik (NRC)

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