Head research group Genomics of Genetic Resources, IPK Gatersleben and University of Göttingen, Germany.
The Triticae represents the economically most important tribe of the grasses, comprising three of the most important crop species of Europe and the world: wheat, barley and rye.
The group of Professor Stein is interested in the dynamics and the diversity of the genomes of these three species and how the genomic features contribute to the agronomic performance of the crop. Their research focuses on sequencing the genomes of barley, wheat and rye. This information is then exploited for improving methods and strategies of harnessing allelic diversity of plant genetic resources and for elucidating the genetic basis of important characteristics of the species. The group takes advantage of the opportunities provided by Next Generation Sequencing technologies and has pioneered the use of NGS for many aspects of Triticae genome research.
IPK - Gatersleben
UNI - Goettingen
managing director MPI Cologne, Germany
The department of Professor Tsiantis seeks to address two fundamental questions in biology: how do biological forms develop and what is the basis for their diversity? To address these questions the research group first aims to elucidate how genotypes are translated into organismal forms through the process of morphogenesis. Secondly, they seek to conceptualize how the balance of conservation versus divergence in morphogenetic regulatory networks yields different organismal forms during evolution. The team approaches these problems using genetics, while also employing biological imaging, genomics and computational modelling, believing that working at the interface of these areas will allow them to attain a predictive understanding of how biological forms develop and diversify.
Eva Stoger is currently Professor of Molecular Plant Physiology at the Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, which belongs to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria. After completing her PhD at the University of Vienna she worked at the University of Florida, Gainesville, US, at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK, and at the Aachen Technical University (RWTH), Germany. She received several awards including the Golden Grain award from the Cerealiers de France and AGPM (France), and the Sofia-Kovalevskaja Prize awarded by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (Germany). Her main research interests are in the area of cereal biotechnology with an emphasis on molecular farming, intracellular protein trafficking and deposition, and the production of high-value recombinant proteins in seed crops
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway
Åsa Frostegård is a research professor of microbial ecology at Norwegian University of Life Sciences and leader of the Microbial Ecology and Physiology Group and the NMBU Nitrogen Group. The research includes different aspects of the N cycle, with focus on understanding biogeochemical processes leading to emissions of the greenhouse gas N2O. By combining detailed studies of biochemistry and physiology of bacteria in pure cultures with microcosm- and field studies of complex microbial communities the group has for example revealed the causal link between soil acidification and high N2O emissions. Another research branch concerns rhizobia, which are bacteria that fix nitrogen in symbiosis with leguminous plants. The group has built a large collection of rhizobial isolates that have been characterized taxonomically and phylogenetically. Recent findings show that several of these bacteria can be both efficient nitrogen fixers and strong sinks for N2O, and ongoing projects aim at understanding the mechanisms behind the aggressive N2O reduction in these organisms. A practical goal is to develop high-quality inoculants for a number of leguminous crops to increase yields and at the same time mitigate N2O emissions from agricultural fields
VIB – Ghent University, Belgium
Lieven De Veylder is a research professor at the Ghent University and Principle Investigator at the VIB. He leads the Cell Cycle research team, focusing on how cell-cycle control genes drive plant cell proliferation and how cell division controls growth, both under control and stress conditions. As a major objective, the team aims to understand how plants adjust their cell cycle in response to the occurrence of DNA stress. Plants are sedentary, and so have unavoidably close contact with agents that target their genome integrity. Although the pathways that maintain DNA integrity are largely conserved among eukaryotic organisms, plants put different accents on cell-cycle control under DNA stress. Through mutagenesis screens in combination with cell biology, the team aims to uncover the molecular components that account for these plant-specific responses
Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Austria
Claude Becker is a Group Leader at the Gregor Mendel Institute in Vienna, and an Assistant Professor at the LMU in Munich. The research of his lab focuses on the biochemical interaction of plants with their neighbours. By releasing secondary metabolites into the soil, some plant species are able to inhibit the growth of competitors. Although this process influences natural and agricultural plant communities, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. The Becker lab aims to resolve the molecular modes of action by which these chemicals interfere with plant growth, to understand the genetic basis by which some plants tolerate the toxins released by their neighbours, and the role of the soil microbiome in enhancing attack and promoting defence mechanisms.
IJPB, INRA-Versailles, France
José M Jiménez-Gómez is a Research Scientist at INRA in Versailles. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCDavis and as a group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. His group uses genetics and bioinformatics in Arabidopsis and tomato to identify and characterise the genes that have been important for plant adaptation and domestication. Dr Jiménez-Gómez has recently found that circadian rhythms were delayed during tomato domestication, identified the genetic factors responsible for this delay, and studied their evolution through the domestication process.
School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, South Korea
Sunghwa Choe received his Ph.D. degree from University of Arizona and did postdoctoral research at the same university. After working at Ceres, Inc. a then California-based plant biotech company as a research scientist, he went back to his home country and joined Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea as a professor in the School of Biological Sciences. His area of interest includes biochemical genetics by CRISPR genome editing. His 50 papers published to date mostly focus on elucidation of metabolic and signaling pathways for plant steroid hormones, brassinosteroids. Since 2015, he focuses more on functional enhancement of CRISPR genome editing tools, and application of the tools in development of desirable new traits in crop plants such as lettuce, tobacco, soybean, rice, and maize. Using the genome editing tools, he restructures protein metabolism pathways in plants with a hope to produce human therapeutic proteins safer and more sustainable way.
Technical University of Munich (TUM), Munich, Germany
Caroline Gutjahr is a tenure track professor and Emmy Noether groupleader at the Technical University of Munich. Her research group aims at understanding the development and function of arbuscular mycorrhiza, a symbiosis between land plants and beneficial fungi. The research of her team focuses in particular on the role of plant hormones and transcriptional networks in physiological, molecular and plant cell developmental changes required to accommodate arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi inside the root. The fungi can enhance nutrition and increase stress resistance of plants. For these reasons, there is increasing interest in the use of the fungi in sustainable agricultural practices. Therefore, the Gutjahr lab also investigates the genetic underpinnings of fungus-mediated increases in plant-performance with the aim to enable breeding of mycorrhiza-optimized crops.
Senior scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency and Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University
Raj Varma (H-Index: 102, “Highly Cited Researchers” Clarivate Analytics, 2016, 2018; Publons Peer-Review Awardee 2018), has over 45 years of research experience in management of multi-disciplinary technical programs and extensively involved in broader aspects of chemistry that includes, among others, development of environmentally benign synthetic methods and chemical protocols using alternate energy input (microwave, ultrasound and mechanochemical), greener synthesis of nanomaterials and nanocomposites and their applications in catalysis (magnetically retrievable nano-catalysts) and sustainable remediation of hazardous pollutants. He has authored ~490 peer-reviewed papers, 7 Books, 28 Book Chapters, 3 Encyclopedia contributions and has been awarded 16 US Patents with > 35,500 Citations.