Patterns in Nature and Plant Sciences

South America Loic Pellissier ethz
Hibiscus May Yeo Edwige Moyroud
sunflower Siobhan
Hibiscus Edwige Moyroud
Arabidopsis Patrick Huether C Becker
Siobhan Braybrook
forest Caroline Farrior U Texas at Austin

Wednesday, 8 December 2021


Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

The symposium will highlight advances in plant science research from micro- to macro-scale by touching the art of data science.

It aims to answer key questions such as: How to find patterns in data? How to find patterns in nature? And what do they reveal?

►►► Due to the current pandemic situation this event will be held exclusively online.


• Poster abstract submission closed.

All posters are displayed here.

Program (all presentations will be online)

Session Speaker Presentation title
09:15 Bruno Studer
ETH Zurich, PSC chair
  Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich Session chair

Markus G Stetter
Crop Evolution and Adaptation, Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Cologne, DE

Molecular patterns of repeated grain amaranth domestication

Nico von Wirén
Molecular Plant Nutrition, Leibniz Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Gatersleben, DE

Nitrogen nutrition as determinant of lateral root patterning
10:30 Claude Becker
Genetics, Biocenter, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, DE
Emergence and propagation of epigenetic patterns during somaclonal reproduction



  Anne Roulin, University of Zurich Session chair

Siobhan A Braybrook
Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA, USA

Underlying expectations: exploring cell-to-organ growth patterns

Edwige Moyroud
Flower Development, The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

One-size-fits-all? Evo-Eco-Devo of petal patterning in Hibiscus flowers
12:30 Zoran Nikoloski
University of Potsdam & Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology Potsdam, DE
Network-based approaches identify and quantify patterns in plant leaf epidermis




Lunch and poster session

Poster session from 13:30 -14:30 in 5 different break-out rooms


  Benjamin Stocker, ETH Zurich Session chair
14:30 Max Rietkerk
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, NL
Patterns in Nature and Pathways of Resilience
15:00 Loïc Pellissier
Landscape Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETH Zurich, PSC
Towards measuring and understanding global phytodiversity
15:30 Caroline E. Farrior
Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA
The search for governing mechanisms of forest size structure across latitudes
16:00 Break
  Rie Inatsugi-Shimizu, University of Zurich Session chair

Flash Talks by selected PhD students and postdocs:



Reiko Akiyamas, Dept Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich

Time-course image analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana and its wild relatives in fluctuating field conditions using machine learning
16:40 Arvid Heutinck, Dept Biology, ETH Zurich Branched malto-oligosaccharides cause spontaneous starch granule initiation in Arabidopsis thaliana chloroplasts
16:50 Cheng Li, Dept Geography, University of Zurich Association study of genetic variation with variation in leaf reflectance
17:00 Rebecca Stubbs, Dept Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich Leveraging genome-scale data to infer patterns and phylogenies from discordant signals
17:15 Rachael Garrett
Environmental Policy, Institute of Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich, PSC
Telecouplings in agri-food systems and their implications for sustainable development (Food for Thought Talk)
17:45 Klaus Schläppi, University of Basel Poster awards and concluding remarks

Scientific Program Committee


Manuela Dahinden, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Rie Inatsugi-Shimizu, University of Zurich

Anne Roulin, University of Zurich

Klaus Schläppi, University of Basel

Benjamin Stocker, ETH Zurich

Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich

Sylvia Martinez, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center