- Pr Miltos Tsiantis, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln, Germany
Miltos Tsiantis’s Department of “Comparative Development and Genetics” aims at addressing fundamental questions related with the balance of conservation versus divergence in morphogenetic regulatory networks that yield different organismal forms during evolution.
- Pr Zachary Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSH), US
Zachary Lippman’s research focuses on the process of flowering and flower production by identifying genes that control how tomato plants produce their flowers in their characteristic repeated zigzag arrangement (e.g., tomatoes on a vine). Lippman’s lab focuses on understanding the diversity of floral branching systems by addressing when and how flowering branches known as inflorescences develop on plants.
- Dr Thomas Städler, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland
Thomas Städler’s group focuses on population and evolutionary genetics, including divergence population genetics using closely related species of wild tomatoes (Solanum section Lycopersicon) as a main study system.
- Pr Asaph Aharoni, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Asaph Aharoni’s “The Plant Metabolome in Action” lab aims to address the regulation of plant metabolic pathways, in particularly those associated with secondary metabolism and its coordination with developmental and stress response programs.
- Dr Zoran Nikoloski, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany.
Zoran Nikoloski’s “Systems Biology and Mathematical Modelling” researchgroup aims at developing methods for integration and analysis of 'omics' (time-resolved) data from high-throughput technologies in combination with the existing biological knowledge, structured in a form of ontologies and large-scale networks, in order to glean the design principles of biological processes
- Pr Tohru Ariizumi, Gene Research Center, Tsukuba University, Japan
Tohru Ariizumi’s lab aims at isolating and characterizing genes of interest in vegetables and ornamental plants.
- Dr Christian Chevalier, INRA Fruit Biology and Pathology, France
Christian Chevalier’s “Fruit organogenesis and endoreduplication” team is interested in the developmental biology of fleshy fruits, with the aim of gaining a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in the development of reproductive organs.
- Pr Antonio Granell, IBMCP-CSIC Valencia, Spain
Antonio Granell’s “Plant Genomics and Biotechnology” group aims at designing innovative and/or improved agronomic products, mainly comprising edible fruits and their derivatives, using genomics, biotechnology and synthetic biology tools.
- Dr Glenn Bryan, The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK
Glenn Bryan’s “Potato Genetics and Breeding” group is interested in developing a modern potato genetics and genomics programme, integrated with commercially funded potato breeding programmes.
- Pr Jocelyn Rose, Cornell University, USA
Jocelyn Rose’s lab is centered on the structure, function and metabolism of plant cell walls and their roles in growth, development and environmental interactions. Many of the research projects have an association with the importance of plant cell walls as sources of nutrition, biomaterials and renewable energy.
- Pr Mondher Bouzayen, INRA/INP ENSA Toulouse, France
Mondher Bouzayen’s "Genomics and Biotechnology of Fruit” lab is interested in the multi-hormonal control of fruit development and ripening. The group also aims at understanding genetic and epigenetic control of the transition from flower to fruit, and from immature to mature green fruits.
- Pr Avi Levy, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Avi Levy’s “The dynamic plant genome” lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms responsible for the plasticity and biodiversity seen in the plant kingdom, that include the mechanisms of homologous recombination and transposition, and the role of hybridization and polyploidization on evolution. The lab is also interested in developing new tools for functional genomics and biotechnology in plants such as gene targeting and transposon-mutagenesis.
- Dr Francisco Perez-Alfocea, CEBAS-CSIC Murcia, Spain
Alfocea lab is interested in the understanding of root-to-shoot signalling and source-sink relationships in relation to the adaptation to different stresses (e.g. salinity, drought, pathogens,…). The lab also aims at exploiting natural genetic variability and biotechnology to minimize negative impacts of abiotic stresses on crops.
- Dr René Klein Lankhorst, Wageningen University, Netherlands
René Klein Lankhorst is managing Director of the BioSolar Cells which research programme is to optimize the photosynthesis process in plants, algae and bacteria, and to develop ‘artificial leaves’ that combine biological and artificial components.
- Dr Jeremy Harbinson, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Jeremy Harbinson’s research in the Horticulture and Product Physiology group focuses on greenhouse horticulture and on the post-harvest quality of products produced in greenhouses as well as on the post-harvest quality of tropical fruit. Responses of physiological processes to the environment are studied aiming to predict and control the phenotype of the plant and plant products
- Dr Alexandre de Kochko, IRD Montpellier, France
Alexandre de Kochko’s research of the EvoGeC team (Genomes Evolution of Coffee Trees) focuses on molecular phylogeny and genome evolution of Coffea genus and the Rubiaceae family
- Dr Dominique Crouzillat, Nestlé, France
Molecular Biology group manager of the R&D center Nestlé
- Dr Yuling Bai, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Yuling Bai’s “Breeding for resistance in Solanaceae” group aims at developping breeding strategies for durable resistance in Solanaceous crops. The research focuses on the understanding of genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying disease resistances in potato and tomato against late blight, powdery mildews, Botrytis, bacteria and virus.
- Dr Sophie Colombié, INRA Fruit Biology and Pathology, France
In the «Meta » group, Sophie Colombié works on modelling metabolic fluxes of heterotrophic plant cells. In collaboration with mathematicians, she determined and analyzed the changes of fluxes in central metabolism of developing tomato fruits.
- Dr Christian Bachem, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Christian Bachems research interests are focused on the improvement of potato. They include potato genomics and genetic engineering with a focus on plant development, potato tuber initiation and the tuberization process.
- Dr Ilan Paran, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel
Research interests of Ilan Paran are focused on the improvement of pepper (Capsicum). They include the characterization and utilization of natural and induced variation, the mapping and identification of major genes and QTLs controlling fruit yield and quality traits, the control of growth architecture and transition to flowering, the development of breeding lines containing disease resistance genes and the development of molecular tools.
- Dr Nikolai Ivanov, Philip Morris International, Switzterland
Nikolai Ivanov is leading a research technology department that comprises state-of-the-art experimental and in silico labs generating and handling omics and histological data.
- Pr Chuanyou Li, Chinese_Academy_of_Sciences, China
Chuanyou Li laboratory is mainly interested in jasmonic acid (JA) signaling and regulation of JA-mediated plant responses to insects.
- Pr Lukas Mueller, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell, USA
Lukas Mueller interests are in the field of bioinformatics and genomics, and in particular genome sequencing, structural and functional annotation, biochemical pathways, comparative genomics, data presentation and visualization, ontology development, and biological databases.
- Pr Robert L. Last, Michigan State University, USA
The group of Rob Last uses genetic, genomic and biochemical approaches to understand the regulation of biosynthetic pathways of importance to flowering plants and the animals that depend on plants for sustenance. One current project of the laboratory is using secretory and glandular trichomes of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and related species as a system for analysis of specialized metabolism (aka secondary metabolism) in flowering plants.
- Pr James Giovannoni, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell, USA
The focus of research in the Giovannoni laboratory is molecular and genetic analysis of fruit ripening and related signal transduction systems with emphasis on the relationship of fruit ripening to nutritional quality, mostly in tomato. The laboratory is also involved in the development of tools for genomics of the Solanaceae.
- Dr Glenn Bryan, The James Hutton Institute, UK
Current research interests of the laboratory of Glenn Bryan include the development and use of germplasm resources for potato trait analysis, the genetic analysis of commercially relevant potato traits in potato, especially those impacting on marketable yield, such as tuber dormancy and resistances to important pests and pathogens, the construction of mutant populations of potato using the inbreeding potato species Solanum verrucosum and the investigation of the role of miRNAs in tuberisation and other potato traits.