News from the International Association for Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology

By the time you receive this newsletter, it will be approximately one year until the 11th IAPTC&B World Congress in Beijing, China. If you plan to present an oral presentation or a poster during the August 13-18, 2006 meeting, you will need to submit your abstract prior to February 15, 2006. Please submit abstracts before the deadline to guarantee publication in the Abstract Issue and have it considered for possible oral presentation. Information about the program, abstract submission, travel, and registration can be found at the website http://www.genetics.ac.cn/IAPTCB.htm.

The United States region of the IAPTC&B will be offering $1,000 travel fellowships to attend the 2006 meeting in China. Members of the IAPTC&B-US who are in good standing will qualify for one of the fellowships. Applications for the fellowships will be mailed to members after February 15, 2006.

At the 2006 Congress of the IAPTC&B in China, a new U.S. national correspondent will be appointed for the next 4 years. The process of searching for a new correspondent has begun. If you are interested in being considered as the next US representative for the IAPTC&B, or if you would like to learn more about the responsibilities, please contact me. Elections will be held early in 2006.

There is continued interest in holding another Plant Micropropagation meeting. Last year, our meeting was in Orlando, FL where after a day of excellent presentations, we were able to spend a second day visiting commercial tissue culture laboratories in the Apopka area. If you would like to help to organize a meeting this year, please let me know. We need a location that is easy to reach and one that has at least a couple tissue culture laboratories to visit. Suggestions are welcome!

Feel free to contact me with your comments and suggestions for the IAPTC&B – US. Also, if you would like to volunteer or nominate someone for the UC Correspondent position, please let me know.

Mark Bridgen, US Correspondent
E-mail: mpb27@cornell.edu