2009 NIBB Laboratory Course and Workshops on Physcomitrella patens

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Date: June 29th-July 3rd, 2009
Location: National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan
Language: English
The moss Physcomitrella patens is a model land plant with qualities of gwabih and gsabih. In Japanese, the term wabi implies an idea of rustic simplicity. Under a microscope, the simple structure of the body, with a single stem cell at the tip, and the single-cell-layered leaf, may be seen. This kind of visual experience, evocative of wabi, encourages us to tackle a number of fundamental problems in cell biology and developmental biology. Sabi is a term that refers to the serenity that comes with age and reminds us of the flow of time. The bryophytes diverged from the flowering plant lineage early in the evolution of land plants, more than 400 million years ago, and comparison of the two lineages can provide us with unexpected insights into their evolution.

This course teaches basic techniques, including cultivation, observation of developmental processes at the cellular level, gene targeting, bioimaging, and bioinformatics, topics that cover most of the contents of the PHYSCOmanual (http://moss.nibb.ac.jp). Discussion in the workshops with experienced researchers will demonstrate how such techniques are applied in research. The resulting new network of participants and course staff will be useful when you return to your own world of Physcomitrella, together with enjoyable memories of Japanese food and culture.

This course and workshops are supported by the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Okazaki, as the 4th NIBB International Practical Course.