The keynote speaker of the Genome Defense and Epigenetics Session will be Dr. Lionel Navarro from IBENS (Institut de biologie de l’école normale supérieure) in Paris. He is studying the roles played by small RNAs in regulation of plant immunity. Defence pathways in plants are to a large part regulated by microRNAs, and evidence is accumulating that plant pathogens de-regulate these circuits in order to promote infection. Small RNAs also function to guide DNA methylation, which is needed to control transposable elements. This exciting field of study covers the relationship between transposon activation, antimicrobial defence and epigenetic immune priming.
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