3rd ViPS/LuKe joint seminar

3rd ViPS/LuKe joint seminar

Date: Tuesday 5th April 2022

Location: Lecture room B6, Latokartanonkaari 7-9, Viikki campus, University of Helsinki

The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers from LuKe, ViPS and Boreal Plant Breeding to discuss timely topics, map joint interests and recognize new possibilities for collaboration. Plenty of time has been reserved at the end of each session and during the breaks for joint discussions.

The session speakers are asked to bring up open research questions, knowledge gaps and existing challenges where research and/or collaboration needs to be strengthened.

Younger generation early career researchers (ECR) are given a possibility to introduce their research and build up new connections.


10.00 – 10.05 Opening of the seminar, Timo Hytönen (ViPS)

Session 1 – Breeding, session chair Alan Schulman

10.10-10.30 Esa Mäntysaari: Genomic Estimated Breeding Values (GEBV) and plant breeding

10.30-10.50 Timo Hytönen: Woodland strawberry genomic resources to identify horticulturally important genes for strawberry breeding

10.50-11.10 Tuuli Haikonen: Better berries by genome-assisted pre-breeding

11.10-11.30 Sonja Kujala: Genomics for Scots pine breeding

11.30-12.00 Discussion

12.00-13.00 LUNCH, Restaurant Ladonlukko

Session 2 – New technologies (vertical farming, genome editing, phenotyping), session chair Teemu Teeri

13.00-13.20 Titta Kotilainen: Vertical farming activities

13.20-13.40 Albert Porcar-Castell: Emerging potential of fluorescence imaging for plant stress detection and phenotyping

13.40-14.00 Triin Vahisalu: Gene editing

14.00-14.30 Discussion

Coffee 14.30-14.50

Session 3 - Early Career Researchers Flash presentations (á 7 min), session chair Paula Elomaa

15.00 – 16.30

Melis Kucukogly: Cytokinin regulation of cambium activity and wood formation in trees

Alexey Shapiguzov: New approaches in phenotyping photosynthesis and respiration

Juho Hautsalo: Investigating phenotypes for disease resistance purposes and beyond

Napoleon Vargas: Genomic selection of timothy: first steps

Santeri Kankaanpää: Extracellular vesicles in lignin biosynthesis

Elli Koskela: Apical dominance in strawberries

Anne Vaten: Stomatal development in seed plants

Maija Sierla: GHR1 and its interactors in stomatal movements and water transport in the vasculature

17.00- DINNER, Viikin kartano