18th GCOE International Seminar

Date: 14:00-15:00, Oct. 10, 2013

Room:  Faculty of Science, Building No. 3, 5th Floor, Room No. 3521

Dr Ashley Egan, Research Botanist, Smithsonian Institution

Title: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics of Phaseoloid Legumes (Fabaceae, Leguminosae)

Abstract: My research program centers on tribe Phaseoleae in the Legume family (Fabaceae: Leguminosae).  I am investigating the evolutionary genetics and genomics of relationships above and below the species level.  Below the species level, I am studying the population genetics and genomics of Pueraria montana var. lobatacommonly known as Kudzu or Kuzu.  Kudzu is an invasive species in the United States and native to China and southeast Asia.  We are using microsatelllites, phylogenomics, and next-generation sequencing to determine the phylogeny of the genus Pueraria (about 25 species) and place the invasive species in the context of the genus and other phaseoloid legumes.  I am also studying the molecular systematics of the tribe Phaseoleae, especially to determine the placement of the paraphyletic Pueraria genus and help to determine the progenitor genomes of the polyploid genus Glycine, to which soybean (Glycine max) belongs.  I have also been using next generation sequencing to investigate the history of polyploidy (whole genome duplication) within phaseoloid legumes.

19th GCOE International Seminar

The 19th Global COE International seminar course will be held in Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University, October 25-26, 2013.  All students are invited and encouraged to attend this seminar course. The seminar theme is Phylogenetics and Biodiversity. There is the optional tour program for the conservation area in Ito Campus, Kyushu University on Saturday, October 26. Please find here below the seminar speakers and also the attached program file.

Date: 13:30-18:00, Oct. 25, 2013

Room: Graduate School of System Life Sciences Building, 1st Floor, Lecture Room
Seminar Speakers
-Jonathan Davies (Assistant Professor, McGill University, Canada;  http://biology.mcgill.ca/faculty/davies/)
-Mehrdad Hajibabaei (Assistant Professor,  Guelph University, Canada;  www.ibarcode.org/hajibabaei; www.biodiversity.ca; www.biomonitoring2.org)
-Hitoshi Araki (Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan; www.agr.hokudai.ac.jp/animalecology.en/animalecology_en.html)
-Hironori Toyama (Postdoctoral Researcher, Kyushu University, Japan)
-Zhang Meng (PhD student, Kyushu University, Japan)
-Wei Lun NG (PhD student, Kyushu University, Japan)

Please let a GCOE staff know if you would like to join the dinner program (Oct 25th, Time: 19:00) and the tour program (Oct 26th, Time: 10:30 ) by Oct 10th.