Session Speakers

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Local Organizing Committee

Session 1 – Plant Biotic Interactions

Chairs: Andreia Figueiredo and Maria José Pozo

Sofia R. Costa

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology (CBMA), University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Research focus: Soil ecology, Nematode community analysis, Rhizosphere interactions and communication, Agroecology, Plant-parasitic nematodes

Maria J. Pozo

Department of Soil and Plant Microbiology, Estación Experimental del Zaidin, CSIC, Granada, Spain

Research focus: Induced resistance, Mycorrhiza, Plant defense priming, Plant immunity, Biocontrol, Bioprotection, Multitrophic interactions, Symbiosis

Session 2 – Metabolism and Biochemistry

Chairs: Alberto Dias and Anabela Romano

Herlânder Azevedo

BIOPOLIS-CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal

Research focus: Abiotic stress, adaptation, Arabidopsis, domestication, functional genomics, grapevine, ROS, SUMOylation

Luis Valledor

Department of Organisms and Systems Biology, Faculty of Biology and University Institute of Biotechnology of Asturias, Spain

Research focus: Systems Biology, Epigenetics, Stress responses, Proteomics, Metabolomics

Session 3 – Abiotic and Biotic Stress

Chairs: Paula Duque and Vicent Arbona

Andreia Figueiredo

Grapevine Pathogen Systems Lab, BioISI, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Research focus: Plant-pathogen interactions, Proteases, Lipid signalling, Secretome, Apoplast, Metabolomics, Proteomics, Metagenomics

Rosa M. Rivero

Center of Edaphology and Applied Biology of Segura (CEBAS-CSIC), Murcia, Spain

Research focus: Abiotic stress combination, Plant biochemistry, Plant physiology, ABA, ROS and NO signaling, -omics, Melatonin

Session 4 – Plant Development

Chairs: Elena Monte and Manuela Costa

Rómulo Sobral

Institutt for plantevitenskap (IPV), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås, Norway

Research focus: Grasses, Temperature, Plant Development

Soraya Pelaz

Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), Barcelona, Spain

Research focus: Flowering time, Plant development, RAV gene family, RAV evolution, Abiotic stress

Session 5 – Plants Facing Climate Changes

Chairs: Hernâni Gerós and Rosa Rivero

Hélder Fraga

Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences / University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (CITAB/UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal

Research focus: Climate change, Agriculture, Olive, Viticulture, Crops, Global warming

Cristina Branquinho

Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (Ce3C)Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal / CHANGE Institute for Global Change and Sustainability, Lisbon, Portugal

Research focus: Plant ecology; Trait ecology, Climate changes, Hyperaccumulation, Pollution, Abiotic stress

Session 6 – Biotechnology and Molecular Farming

Chairs: Nelson Saibo and Teresa Capell

Rita Abranches

Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology António Xavier (ITQB NOVA), Oeiras, Portugal

Research focus: Molecular farming, Plant cell suspension cultures, Recombinant proteins, Carotenoids, BY-2, Medicago, Microalgae

Manuel Rey

Department of Plant Biology and Soil Science, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

Research focus: Somatic embryogenesis, Grapevine

Session 7 – Post-Harvest Biology

Chairs: José Manuel Palma and Miguel Leão Sousa

Ana M. Cavaco

Centre of Electronics, Optoelectronics and Telecommunications (CEOT), University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

Research focus: Visible near infrared spectroscopy (Vis-NIRS); Citrinos do Algarve IGP; Quality; Ripening; Optimal harvest date (OHD); Smart orchards management; Intervarietal ripening onset

Teresa Lafuente

Department of Food Biotechnology, Instituto de Agroquímica y Tecnología de Alimentos (IATA-CSIC), Valencia, Spain

Research focus: Abiotic and biotic stress; Chilling injury; Citrus fruit; Hormones; Physiological disorders; Postharvest physiology; Transcriptomic

Session 8 – Agroecosystems and Sustainable Crop Production

Chairs: Adela Sánchez and Sofia Costa

Cristina Azevedo

New Biopesticides Department, InnovPlantProtect, Elvas, Portugal

Research focus: Biopesticides, Biological control agents, RNA-based biopesticides, Peptide-based biopesticides, Rice blast, Fire blight, Plant protection

Andrés Teira-Brión

University of Oxford, School of Archaeology, Oxford, United Kingdom

Research focus: Archaeobotany, Ethnography, Experimental archaeology, Ancient farming systems, Traditional knowledge, Isotopic analysis

Session 9 – Plant Environmental Physiology

Chairs: Ana Cunha and Anabela Bernardes da Silva

Gustavo A. Slafer

ICREA / Department of Crop and Forest Sciences, University of Lleida / AGROTECNIO-CERCA Center, Lleida, Spain

Research focus: Yield physiology, Crop physiology, Cereal crops, Crop development, Spike fertility, High temperature, Photoperiod

Elena Monte

Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), Barcelona, Spain

Research focus: Light signaling, Light stress, Chloroplast retrograde signaling, Light-regulated development, Phytochrome-interacting factors PIFs

Session 10 – Seeds of Knowledge

Chairs: Ana Paula Santos and José Matos

Miguel Porto

Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO/InBIO); Program in Genomics, Biodiversity and Land Planning (BIOPOLIS), University of Porto; Higher Institute of Agronomy (ISA), University of Lisbon; Botanical Society of Portugal.

Research focus: Ecological modelling, Biodiversity, Community models, Botany, Conservation

Elizabete Marchante

Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Research focus: Biological invasions, Invasive plants, Citizen-science, Science communication, Biological control of invasive plants, Management of invasive plants, Nature conservation

Matilde Barón

Department of Stress, Development and Signalling in Plants. Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC, Granada. Spain

Research focus: Plant stress, Plant phenotyping, Imaging techniques, Plant pathogens,  Thermography, Precision agriculture

Session 11 – Systems Biology

Chairs: Luis Valledor and Margarida Oliveira

Pedro Barros

Institute of Chemical and Biological Technology António Xavier (ITQB NOVA), Oeiras, Portugal

Research focus: Gene regulatory networks, Transcriptomics, Secondary growth, Periderm development, Suberin, Cork oak, Drought

Paula Duque

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC), Lisbon, Portugal

Research focus: Plant stress responses, Gene expression regulation, RNA splicing, Membrane transport, Arabidopsis thaliana

Session 12 – Mineral Nutrition and Water Relations

Chairs: Manuel Becana and Paula Scotti

Cristina Cruz

Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes (Ce3C), Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Research focus: Plant nutrition, Nitrogen biotransformations, Nitrogen metabolism, Symbiotic plant nutrition, Symbiotic lifestyle, Plant microbiome, Soil health

Maria da Conceição Caldeira

Forest Research Centre (CEF) and Associate Laboratory TERRA, School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon, Portugal

Research focus: Tree ecophysiology,  Tree carbon and water balance, Resilience to drought, Tree mortality, Global change