Plants in a Changing World 2024

Scientific meeting organised by the Centre of Excellence in Tree Biology and the Viikki Plant Science Center (ViPS)

Date: 25-27th September 2024
Practical information

Time: Wednesday 25th September 15:15-18:15; Thursday 26th September 09:00-19:00 (Conference dinner 19:00-); Friday 27th September 09:00-13:00.

Location: Hotel Rantapuisto, Vuosaari, Helsinki

Getting there:The hotel can be accessed by public transport (metro & bus) and a short walk of approximately 600m. There is also a hotel car park for conference guests.

 

 

Program

15:15-16:00 Welcome refreshments

16:00-16:15 Welcome - Ykä Helariutta & Ari-Pekka Mähönen (Chair & co-chair of the Centre of Excellence in Tree Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Session 1 - Translational

16:15-16:45 Anna Karlberg, Stora Enso, Sweden
Forest industry in the future- the role and need for science from an industrial perspective

16:45-17:15 Totte Niittylä, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden
New insights into carbon uptake and storage in trees

17:15-17:45 Uwe Sonnewald,Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
The long and bumpy road from basic science to high yielding cassava genotypes

17:45-18:15 Local speakers

Session 2 - Environment 1

09:00-09:30 Rainer Hedrich, University of Würzburg, Germany
Ion channel optogenetics – remote controlling plant biology for habitation in a changing world

09:30-10:00 Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Roles of secreted signaling peptides in plant stress signaling

10:00-10:30 Maurizio Mencuccini, The Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Spain
Plant water use from organ to biosphere

10:30-12:00 Coffee break & poster session 1

12:00-13:00 Local speakers

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 3 - Environment 2

14:00-14:30 Kelly Swarts, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Climate adaptation from natural forest trees

14:30-15:00 Polina Novikova, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany
The role of the environment in whole-genome duplication cycles

15:00-15:30 Christophe Maurel, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, University of Montpellier, France
Plants in need for water: root water uptake in challenging environments

15:30-16:00 Local speakers

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

Session 4 - Development 1

16:30-17:00 Malcolm Bennett, University of Nottingham, UK
Lessons from underground: discovering how plant roots sense environmental stresses

17:00-17:30 Rishikesh Bhalerao, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden
Understanding how plants process noisy environmental signals-lessons from robust control of bud break in trees

17:30-19:00 Poster session 2

19:30 - Conference dinner

 

 

Session 5 - Development 2

09:00-09:30 Sarah Robinson, Sainsbury Lab, Cambridge, UK
The mechanics of plant development

09:30-10:00 Liam Dolan, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Building a multicellular haploid plant

10:00-10:30 Sabrina Sabatini, University of Rome, Italy
Linking cell wall mechanical property to cell activity

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:45 Local speakers

12:45-13:00 Farewell

 

Invited Speakers

Rishikesh Bhalerao, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden

  • Understanding how plants process noisy environmental signals-lessons from robust control of bud break in trees

Malcolm Bennett, University of Nottingham, UK

  • Lessons from underground: discovering how plant roots sense environmental stresses

Liam Dolan, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria

  • Building a multicellular haploid plant

Rainer Hedrich, University of Würzburg, Germany

  • Ion channel optogenetics – remote controlling plant biology for habitation in a changing world

Anna Karlberg, Stora Enso, Sweden

  • Forest industry in the future- the role and need for science from an industrial perspective

Christophe Maurel, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, University of Montpellier, France

  • Plants in need for water: root water uptake in challenging environments

Maurizio Mencuccini, The Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF), Spain

  • Plant water use from organ to biosphere

Totte Niittylä, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden

  • New insights into carbon uptake and storage in trees

Polina Novikova, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany

  • The role of the environment in whole-genome duplication cycles

Sarah Robinson, Sainsbury Lab, Cambridge, UK

  • The mechanics of plant development

Sabrina Sabatini, University of Rome, Italy

  • Linking Cell Wall mechanical property to cell activity

Uwe Sonnewald, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

  • The long and bumpy road from basic science to high yielding cassava genotypes

Kelly Swarts, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

  • Climate adaptation from natural forest trees

Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • Roles of secreted signaling peptides in plant stress signaling
Organising committee
  • Paula Elomaa
  • Ykä Helariutta
  • Timo Hytönen
  • Teemu Hölttä
  • Melis Kucukoglu Topcu
  • Tanja Pyhäjärvi
  • Maija Sierla
  • Alan Schulman