The NIBB Laboratory Course and Workshops for Physcomitrella patens 2008

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The first NIBB International Practical Course was held in 2007 with the aim of providing young scientists around the world with opportunities to learn cutting-edge experimental skills and to communicate with experts in the field. The course replaced our Bioscience Training Course, which had been held for twenty years and which had, for the most part, accepted participants from universities and institutes in Japan. The Third International Practical Course was held from June 30th to July 4th, 2008, focusing on techniques used in the biology of the moss Physcomitrella patens, which is an emerging model organism in plant biology.

The eleven highly-qualified participants were from various countries: six from Japan, two from the U.S.A., and one each from Korea, Spain, and Sweden. They did excellent and enthusiastic work and enjoyed fruitful discussions throughout the five days of the course.

The course provided basic techniques including cultivation, observation of developmental processes at the cellular level, gene targeting, bioimaging, and bioinformatics. Drs. Andrew C. Cuming (Univ. Leeds), Yasuko Kamisugi (Univ. Leeds), Tetsuya Kurata (JST), Yoshikatsu Sato (JST), Yuji Hiwatashi (NIBB), Minoru Kubo (JST), Takashi Murata (NIBB), and Mitsuyasu Hasebe (NIBB) taught the course with the help of seven laboratory technicians. Several postdoctoral fellows introduced their research work using P. patens and shared detailed research procedures with the participants.

The course was given in a laboratory provided by NIBB and equipped with the necessary instruments and tools and with a good supply of material moss. We hope that the techniques and knowledge provided in this course will prove useful in the future work of all of the participants.
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3rd Practical Course “ The NIBB Laboratory Course and Workshops on Physcomitrella patens 2008“