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In the last few years, a spectacular rise in molecular biology knowledge have developed and offered many novel omics technologies, new sequencing approaches, bioinformatic and biological tools for the horticultural research to unravel the understanding of plant behavior and production and to use in advanced programs of horticultural crop improvement. The Symposium will focus on the molecular, physiological and genetic control of key horticultural characteristics, with relevant implications to horticulture industry and preservation of plant genetic resources. Participants in the Symposium will have the opportunity to discuss the various applications of molecular methods for obtaining deeper knowledge of characters of great importance to horticulturalists, as well as for developing new cultivars with better characteristics more efficiently. The innovative tools produced by molecular biology disciplines give the opportunity for searching interdisciplinary solutions in sustainable agroecosystems with horticultural crops for food chains and human health. The public health will benefit by increased production and consumption of horticultural products as food and as raw materials for food and pharmacological industry, and the modern tools of molecular biology offer sustainable solutions for a series of global problems. The Symposium will include presentations from invited and selected speakers about the applications of new technologies such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to develop new insights on horticultural issues and it how this knowledge can be applied to modern plant breeding and crop management.
The Symposium will be organized in themes that are great interest to the modern horticulturalist who applies molecular method, covering a range of topics and quality. The Symposium aims to produce an extensive and updated overview on pivotal topics of molecular biology in horticulture, based on the personal scientific and practical expertise of the participants and by stimulating a fruitful discussion and exchange of ideas.
- Molecular, genetic and epigenetic, and physiological control of plant interaction with the environment including plant adaptation and plasticity, genotype x environment, abiotic tolerance.
- Molecular, genetic and epigenetic, and physiological control of plant communication including within (e.g. rootstock/scion cultivar) and between plant signaling.
- Molecular, genetic and epigenetic, and physiological control of plant communication with other organism including fungi, bacteria and animals.
- Molecular, genetic and epigenetic, and physiological control of plant production including fruit set, fruit development, self-(in) compatibility, crop yield, pest & disease resistance.
- Molecular, genetic and epigenetic, physiological control of fruit quality, including postharvest quality, fruit nutritional composition, consumer traits.