The Plant Transport Group has hosted its meeting series since its inception in the mid-1980’s when Dale Sanders and Roger Leigh established the group to provide a forum for research scientists early in their careers to present and discuss their work. The PTG continues to hold true to the aims of fostering scientific research and training in plant membrane biology.
Plant Transport 2014 welcomes submissions in all areas of plant biology with relevance to whole-plant, cell and membrane biology, of course including – but not limited to – the molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and physiology of plant membranes.
This year’s meeting will feature a small number of keynote presentations that showcase themes relating to systems and synthetic biology as it relates to membranes. Additionally, the meeting will include a session devoted to the memory of Alan Walker and his contribution to the field of plant membrane biology.


26th September 2014 – REGISTRATION: Now closed

10th October 2014 – ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Now closed




*** Please note the full timetable with abstracts will be available online on the 28th November ***

The Plant Transport meeting will be held in the Bower Building of the University of Glasgow. The meeting will start with an evening delicatessen buffet and keynote address on Friday 5th December and will close with lunch on Sunday 7th December. Coffee and teas will be provided mornings Saturday/Sunday and afternoon on Saturday. A buffet lunch will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday 5th December

4 – 6 pm


6 – 7 pm

Welcome Buffet

7:20 – 7:30 pm

Welcome address

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Hagan Bayley – Title: TBC

Saturday 6th December

9 am – 10:30 am

Session I – Ion and Water Channels

John Christie – ‘Photoregulation of auxin fluxes required for phototropism

Anna Moroni – ‘Engineering a synthetic light-gated potassium channel

Daniel Tran – ‘Mechanosensitive MSL10 channels mediate oscillatory perception

Matthew Gilliham – ‘GABA signalling in plants mediated by a unique family of anion channels

Poster introductions: LeFoulon, Eisenach, Riedelsberger, Frachisse, Kjelbom, Abubakar

coffee/tea: 10:30 – 11am

11 – 12:30 pm

Session II – Pumps and Transporters

John Golbeck – ‘Extending the Reach of Photosynthesis: The Promise and Composition of Electrically-Conductive Bacterial Nanowires’

Alistair McCormick – ‘Localising microalgal carbon concentrating components in higher plant chloroplasts’

Carla Minguet – ‘Engineering a synthetic transport circuit for photosynthetic carbon capture’

Rita de Brito Francisco – ‘ABCC proteins in vacuolar transport of hormone conjugates’

Posters Introductions: Amtmann, Kuehn, Narvaez, Lindsay, Appelhagen, Singh, Koprovski, Talukdar, Theresia, Cuin, Chen

lunch: 1 – 2pm

2 – 3:15 pm

Session III – Techniques

Sean Colloms – ‘Site-specific recombination for gene assembly and Synthetic Biology’

Alex Costa – ‘In vivo analysis of Ca2+ dynamics in plant cells and organelles’

Leung Jeffrey – ‘Managing competing priorities between H2O and CO2’

Poster Introductions: Grefen, Pancardo, Madsen, Hartley, Lapeikaite, Krol

3:15 – 5pm: Poster Sessions, drinks & nibbles

5 – 6:15 pm

Session IV – Alan Walker

Dale Sanders – ‘Tribute to Biophysicist Alan Walker: a Biologist’s Perspective’

Mary Beilby – ‘Tribute to Biophysicist Alan Walker: a Physicist’s Perspective’

Gerhard Thiel – ‘An anharmonic oscillator controls Ca2+ release in Chara corallina’

Evening free

Sunday 7th December

9:15 – 10:30 am

Session V – Models and Systems

Mike Blatt – ‘From molecule to the field – a systems approach to stomatal dynamics’

Hugh Woolfenden – ‘Deconstructing stomata: An Engineering Approach’

Poster Introductions: Zhang, Larson, Patishtan, Kopischke, Karnik, Wang, Noordally, Ciesla, Dal Bosco, Papanatsiou, Vincent

Posters, coffee/tea: 10:30 – 11:30am

11 am – 12:30 pm

Session VI – Signals/networks

Andrew Millar – ‘TBA’

Agnieszka Ludwikow – ‘MAPKKK18 is regulated by ABI1 protein phosphatase 2C and the proteasome pathway’

Dirk Becker – ‘K+ channels as rate-limiting elements in jasmonate-triggered stomatal closure’

12:30 – 1pm

Anna Amtmann – Closing remarks

1 – 2pm

Lunch and close





Plant Transport 2014 Bower Building University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ UK

Plant Transport 2014 and the Bower Building are located on the Gillmore Hill site of the University of Glasgow. The Bower Building is less than 5 min walk from Hillhead underground station and in easy reach by rail and air.
Arriving by rail – Glasgow’s Central Station is a short walk from Buchanan Street and St. Enoch’s underground stations. Allow approx. 10-15 min for the underground trip to Hillhead station or return. Glasgow’s Queeens Street Station is linked directly to Buchanan Street underground station.
Arriving by air – Glasgow Airport is approx. 8 miles from the Bower Building. There is a bus service that runs into the centre of Glasgow at hourly intervals during the day. Allow at least 1 h for this service. Taxis are an alternative and will cost approx. £20. Prestwick Airport is serviced directly by rail and most airlines have an arrangement with Scotrail so that you need only show your boarding pass to get on the train. Trains run every 15 min weekdays, and every hour on weekends during the daytime. Allow 45 min for travel to Glasgow Central Station. From here you have access to the underground. Edinburgh Airport is serviced by bus to Haymarket Station. From Haymarket you catch a mainline train to Glasgow Queens Street Station which has a direct passageway to Buchanan Street underground station. Allow 1.5 – 2 h for travel from Edinburgh Airport to the centre of Glasgow.
Arriving by car – Glagow centre is serviced almost directly by the M8 which runs between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Use the ‘Dumbarton A82′ exit (exit 17) and turn right at the traffic light at the bottom of the slip road. Once across the bridge over the motorway, you are on Great Western Road heading west. Within 1.2 miles you will reach a traffic light junction with Byres Road (left) and Queen Margaret Drive (right), with the entrance to the Botanic Gardens just to the right in front of you. Turn left down Byres Road and left again at the next traffic light junction onto University Avenue. The Bower Building is 200 m up University Avenue on the right. Entry to the University (Gilmore Hill site) is another 100 m along University Avenue on the right. Please note that parking on the Gilmore Hill site may be restricted on the Friday afternoon. Please let the organisers know if you are arriving by car so that Security at the entrance can be alerted.

Taxi – Glasgow operates a TOA taxi service that is very dependable, day and night. Phone (0141) 429 7070. Taxi ranks are located at all major termini and at various locations around the city.


Please make your own arrangements for accommodation. There are a number of hotels and B&Bs within easy walking distance of the Bower Building. The Bower Building and the Gilmore Hill site of Glasgow University is situated in the bohemian West End of Glasgow, close to the Hillhead underground station and many excellent restaurants and pubs.

We recommend accommodation within 10-15 min walking distance at: