Submitted to: Weed Science Society of America Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: October 31, 2006
Publication Date: January 13, 2007
Citation: Anderson, J.V. 2007. Introduction to a Symposium on Emerging Technologies. [Abstract]. Weed Science Society of America Meeting. Presentation No. 174. Technical Abstract: Using emerging technologies to study weed biology is slowly being incorporated by the weed science community but not as rapidly as it has in most fields of animal and plant research. The main reasons for not incorporating these emerging technologies more rapidly appear to involve cost, and a general lack of knowledge about how they could be used to advance our understanding of weed biology. The cost of using modern technologies is becoming less expensive and at some point will not be the limiting factor. For example, an article published in Science recently predicated that the future cost of sequencing a whole genome could be accomplished for as little as $1000. So, as these emerging technologies become less expensive, more and more weed scientists will be able to incorporate them into their research programs. Consequently, there is now an impetus to learn the principles associated with these technologies so that knowledge will not be the limiting factor in the future. The objective of the symposium presentations are to provide the weed science community with the principles behind modern and emerging technologies and how they can be used to study weed biology. Specifically, the symposium presentations will cover aspects and applications related to genomic database development, microarrays, bioinformatics, real time-PCR, marker development, and proteomics. These technologies have already been used to make significant advances to our understanding of animal and plant biology and are expected to be equally beneficial within the weed science community.