Boron Satellite Meeting

Welcome to BORON2013

Following the first boron meeting in Chaing-Mai in 1997, the second in Bonn in 2001, the third in Wuhan in 2005. We will have Boron2013 as a satellite meeting of IPNC2013 in Istanbul.

Boron deficiency and toxicity remain major agricultural problem. IPNC2013 in Istanbul will be a wonderful opportunity to bring scientists from around the world together to discuss recent developments in boron biology and boron in Agriculture. We welcome all who work on boron or have interests in boron to attend and present your research.


BORON2013 Oral Program

August 17, 2013
Chair: Ismail Cakmak, Sabanci University, Turkey
13:30 - 14:00Welcome Speeches
Toru Fujiwara, Tokyo University, Japan
Sukru Ozturk, President of National Boron Research Institute (BOREN), Turkey
14:00 - 14:30Opening Plenary Presentation:
Boron - A Century of Discovery and a History of Mystery
Patrick Brown, University of California - Davis, USA
14:35 - 17:15"BORAX" SESSION: Function of Boron in Plants, Animals and Bacteria
Chair: Heiner Goldbach, Germany
14:35 - 14:55Calcium is a possible mediator in the early response to boron deficiency of Arabidopsis thaliana roots.
Agustín González - Fontes, Spain
14:55 - 15:15Mechanism of early responses of plant cells to boron deprivation: possible involvement of pectic network.
Masaru Kobayashi, Japan
15:15 - 15:35Boronic acids: a tool to investigate boron functions in intact plants?
Monika Wimmer, Germany
15:35 - 16:15Coffee Break/Poster View
16:15 - 16:35Effect of B deficiency on plant and animal organogenesis processes through protein glycosylation.
Isidro Abreu, Spain
16:35 - 16:55Whole genome dissectioning of boron - tolerant bacteria.
Iftikhar Ahmed, Pakistan
16:55 - 17:15Molecular response to physiological concentrations of boric acid in human prostate cells.
Curtis Eckhert, USA
17:20 - 19:00Genetics and Molecular Biology of Efficiency and Tolerance
Chair: Lei Shi, China
17:20 - 17:40Genes implicated in boron tolerance in barley and wheat.
Julie Hayes, Australia
17:40 - 18:00Isolation and characterization of novel Arabidopsis mutants hypersensitive to excess boron.
Takuya Sakamoto, Japan
18:00 - 18:20Boron Efficiency in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.)
Fangsen Xu, China
18:20 - 18:40Screening and molecular characterization of boron efficient and inefficient wheat genotypes.
M. Jahiruddin, Bangladesh
18:40 - 19:00Identification of a novel gene to reduce boron requirement in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Kyoko Miwa, Japan
19:00 - 22:00Poster View and
Welcome Cocktail Hosted by BOREN


August 18, 2013
09:00 - 10:40"BOROCHEMIE" SESSION: Boron in the Field and Crops
Chair: Tarja Lehto, Finland
09:00 - 09:20Boron phosphate as a seedling - safe and slow - release boron fertilizer.
Margaret Abat, Australia
09:20 - 09:40Efficiency of boron fortified NPK fertilizer in correcting boron deficiency in some cereal and oilseeds crops in India.
M. V. Singh, India
09:40 - 10:00Usefulness of colemanite ore as boron fertilizer under flooded calcareous soil conditions for rice.
M. Saleem, Pakistan
10:00 - 10:20Effect of Etibor - 48 and colemanite on seed yield and seed quality of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) and their residual effectiveness for rotated rice.
Lei Shi, China
10:20 - 10:40Soil boron balances: value for predicting boron deficiency and toxicity in irrigated cotton - wheat aridisols?
Abdul Rashid, Pakistan
10:40 - 11:10Coffee Break/Poster View
11:15 - 12:35SESSION: Boron Toxicity/Interaction of Boron with Other Nutrient/Stresses
Chair: Richard W. Bell, Australia
11:15 - 11:35An overview of boron toxicity in crop plants.
Richard W. Bell, Australia
11:35 - 11:55Boron application alleviates water stress effects induced by PEG in watermelon (Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. and Nakai.
Mehmet Hamurcu, Turkey
11:55 - 12:15Genetic variability in response to boron toxicity in cereal crops.
Zulfiqar A. Saqib, Pakistan
12:15 - 12:35Boron counteracts the effect of nitrate as signal on ammonium nutrition.
Begona Gonzales Mora, Spain
12:35 - 14:30Poster View and Lunch at the Marmara Hotel
14:30 - 16:10SESSION: Transport and Regulation
Chair: Patrick Brown, USA
14:30 - 14:50Toward understanding the mechanisms of boron sensing and polar localization of boron transporters. ;
Junpei Takano, Japan
14:50 - 15:10NtXIP1;1 is a plasma membrane aquaporin that facilitates the transport of several uncharged substrates, including boric acid.
Gerd Patrick Bienert, Belgium
15:10 - 15:30Cloning and characterization of BnNIP5;1s in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.).
Lei Shi, China
15:30 - 15:50Role of 5´ UTR in boron - dependent translation of BOR1, a boron transporter in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Izumi Aibara, Japan
15:50 - 16:10Boron nutrition in tea plants: uptake, phloem mobility and effect on plant stress response.
Roghieh Hajiboland, Iran
16:10 - 16:45Coffee Break/Poster View
16:45 - 17:15Closing Plenary Presentation:
Let us expand our boron studies for the future
Toru Fujiwara, Japan
17:20 - 17:30Poster Prize and Closing


Please click here to view BORON Oral & Poster Programme in .pdf format

The venue of the meeting will be The Marmara Taksim Hotel which is about 8-10 min walking distance from the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center (ICEC), where IPNC will be held (see:

Organizers of the BORON2013 are grateful to BOREN (National Boron Research Institute) in Ankara as the main sponsor of the BORON2013. BORON Satellite Meeting is also sponsored by the companies BORAX and BOROCHEMIE.

Please contact Toru Fujiwara (, Patrick Brown ( and Ismail Cakmak ( for any questions regarding to BORON2013.

Concerning hotel reservation and touristic tours please contact Dekon Congress and Tourism (