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The 3rd International Electronic Conference on Plant Sciences

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Plant Sciences series
15–17 Jan 2024

Plant Physiology, Plant Ecology, Plant Stress, Phytochemistry, Plant Nutrition, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Modeling
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Welcome from the Chair

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 3rd Electronic Conference on Plant Sciences (IECPS 2024). The conference is organized by the MDPI open-access journal Plants (ISSN: 2223-7747, Impact Factor 4.5). It allows scientists from all over the world to present their latest research in Plant Sciences, receive direct feedback, and engage in discussions with the wider scientific community.

From an anthropocentric point of view, that leads to the so-called ‘plant blindness’, we forget that our life depends entirely on plants. Indeed, life on earth is carbon-based: around 82% of carbon in the biosphere is stored in the biomass of plants, the main contributors to the ecological stability of the planet. Even if they are sessile and solitary-like organisms, plants can be defined as 'holobionts’ formed by the organism itself plus the enormity of microorganisms living on (epiphytic) and in (endophytic) it, that can establish diverse plant–microorganism interactions. Furthermore, plants are in chemical (e.g., volatile substances and root exudates), physical (e.g., shading, touch, electrical stimuli) and/or biological (e.g., by mycorrhizal network) connection with other plants of the same or different species. Thus, in a certain sense, they are never alone but strictly networked with each other and with a plethora of other organisms.

In this scenario, IECPS 2024 will deepen plant research at all levels, from the molecular through to the whole plant and community scale. This year, we have planned eight focused sessions:

  • Session A: Plant Physiology, Signaling and Communication
  • Session B: Plant Ecology, Biodiversity and Developmental Biology
  • Session C: Plant Response to Stresses and Changing Environment
  • Session D: Phytochemistry, Phytoremediation, and Plants in Urban Ecosystems
  • Session E: Plant Nutrition and Plant–Soil–Microorganism Interactions
  • Session F: Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology
  • Session G: Plant Modeling and Bioinformatics
  • Session H: Plant Ecosystem Services and Public Outreach
The IECPS 2024 will be an online-only proceeding, which allows participation from all over the world with no requirement for travel or related expenditures. An electronic conference provides a platform for rapid and direct exchanges about the latest research findings and novel ideas.

We are committed to equality and inclusion principles. Therefore, we ask authors to ensure that the papers and presentations are highly accessible to the wider and more diverse scientific community. We encourage submissions from scientists at all career stages and backgrounds and aim for an equal gender balance.

We look forward to receiving your contributions to this scientific event and would like to thank you in advance for your active support.

Sincerely,
Prof. Dr. Adriano Sofo
The chair of the Third Electronic Conference on Plant Sciences

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Conference Chair

Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures: Architecture, Environment and Cultural Heritage (DiCEM), University of Basilicata, Italy

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Adriano Sofo graduated with a Master Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Bari, Italy, in 1997. He spent three years at the University of Basilicata, Italy, with a Doctorate in Crop Productivity. From 2000 to 2001, he also was a Researcher at the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Italy. As Postdoctoral Training, in 2002, he worked at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Heraklion, Greece, within a Marie Curie Fellowship. In 2007, he graduated with a second Master Degree in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Basilicata. He then trained as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Basilicata, where he also worked as Assistant Professor in Agricultural Chemistry. In 2015, he was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar grant to spend at the University of California, Davis. In 2017, he received a fellowship award from the OECD Co-operative Research Programme at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In 2019, he was a visiting professor at Kindai University, Nara, Japan, within a JSPS Research Scholar Grant. In 2021, he benefited from a DAAD Research Stay at the University of Bremen, Germany. In 2022, he was awarded a Visiting Faculty Program Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Since 2022, he has been a member of the EGU’s Biodiversity Task Force. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Plant Biology at the University of Basilicata. He is the author of over 150 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and books. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Plant Biology (MDPI) and Section Editor-in-Chief of Plants - Plant-Soil Interactions (MDPI). From 2020 to 2022, he was listed among 2% of the most cited scientists in the world.

Session Chairs

Dr. Suresh Awale

Division of Natural Drug Discovery, Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama, Japan

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Dr. Suresh Awale is an Associate Professor at the University of Toyama, Japan, known for his outstanding research in natural product chemistry. His primary focus is on discovering new bioactive natural products from medicinal plants, specifically for pancreatic cancer treatment. Dr. Awale's pioneering research and exceptional contributions in discovering anti-austerity agents that selectively target cancer cells in the tumor microenvironment has firmly established him as a leading scientist in the crucial field of anti-pancreatic cancer drug discovery. He has an impressive h-index of 47 and over 18,000 citations, and has published more than 180 research articles and reviews in high-impact scientific journals. As editor-in-chief of the Phytochemistry section in the prestigious journal Plants, Dr. Awale plays a vital role in disseminating high-quality research and advancing the field of natural products research.

Dr. Enrico Doria

Department of Biology and Biotechnology, University of Pavia, Italy

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Enrico Doria is plant physiologist and biochemist scientist, researcher at the University of Pavia and co-founder of bioRESTART, academic spin-off of the Univ of Pavia. During his academic career he has dealt with several topics, mainly focused on the valorisation of agro-industrial waste as source of high added value products, setting up an innovative and sustainable extraction method, and on the biofortification of several staple crops to use for selection and breeding programs through the analysis and characterization of nutraceutical/anti-nutraceuticals compounds with health implication. He spent some time in several international institutes, in India, South Africa, Denmark and Tunisia.

Prof. Dr. Adriana Basile

Department of Biology, University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

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Researcher since 1990 and then associate professor in General Botany since 2000 (Bio01). You initially taught Botany I for Biological Sciences, then Plant Biology and Laboratory starting from 2003 as well as Plant Cytology and Embryology). Main research topic concerns the cyto-morpho-physiological responses of plants to environmental stresses. In detail, she dealt with the tissue and cellular localization of heavy metals and their effects on the morphogenesis and ultrastructure of bryophytes and higher plants; the cyto-morpho-physio-ecological response of plants to the presence of pollutants; the biochemical / physiological responses of toxic-tolerant plants to heavy metals; the production of bioactive molecules; monitoring of environmental pollution by means of mosses, lichens and aquatic plants; biological interactions between plant and environment.

Prof. Dr. Kermit Ritland

Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, The University of British Columbia, Canada

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Dr. Kermit Ritland is a professor at the University of British Columbia in the department of Forest Sciences. He is one of the cofounders of the Genome Canada-funded forestry genomics project. The project was originally termed Treenomix to denote the mixture of species first used (spruce, pine, Arabiopsis).His main research focus is on population and quantitative genetics especially in the study of forestry genomics and the evolutionary genomics of plants. Dr. Ritland has written a number of computer programs that estimates mating systems and phylogenies using DNA markers, marker data analysis in populations, estimating genetic distance and diversity, pairwise relatedness and individual inbreeding coefficients.

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Badiani

Department of Agriculture, the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy

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Maurizio Badiani is an associate university professor holding the National Scientific Habilitation to Full Professor. With the support of several national and international funding agencies belonging to both the public and the private sectors, Maurizio Badiani’s research activities has been mainly centered on plant molecular ecophysiology, soil-plant interactions and ecotoxicology. He has contributed several voluntary or invited presentations in national as well as international scientific events, in some of which he also acted as a component of the scientific/organizing committees. Maurizio Badiani has been involved in several international scientific collaboration agreements and fellowships. He has served and continues to serve as a reviewer/editorial board member for about fifty international scientific journals.

Prof. Dr. Oscar Vicente

Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV), Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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Oscar Vicente is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He obtained his PhD in Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1983, spent a 3-year postdoctoral period at the Friedrich-Miescher Institute in Basel, and then as Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna until his return to Spain in 1996. His research interest focuses on the study of plants' abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms in the context of climate change. Oscar Vicente has published over 160 indexed scientific papers. He is vice president of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association (EBTNA) and included in the ‘Top-100’ Spanish scientists in Plant Science and Agronomy. Oscar Vicente is Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

Prof. Dr. Xinhua He

1. Centre of Excellence for Soil Biology, Southwest University, China; 2. School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia

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Xinhua He is Professor at Sichuan Agricultural University, China and Adjunct Professor at UC Davis and University of Western Australia (UWA). After his PhD study at University of Queensland/Australia in 2002, Xinhua has worked as Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Davis, University of Tokyo, UWA/USDA and Associate Professor at UWA and University of Sydney. Xinhua has been focusing on carbon and nitrogen cycling in plant-soil-microbe systems, soil beneficial microbes in plant/soil health and interplant C/N movement under global environmental change scenarios, by employing 13C and 15N stable isotopes, nano-SIMS, synchrotron radiation facility and high-throughput sequencing. He has been serving as editorial board/organizing committee members for diverse international peer-reviewed journals/conferences.

Prof. Dr. Luigi De Bellis

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, ,Università del Salento, Centro Ecotekne, via Provinciale Lecce Monteroni, Italy

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Prof. Luigi De Bellis completed his degree in agricultural science with distinction, at the University of Pisa on October 30th, 1981. He then went on to study for his PhD in crop and fruit trees science (curriculum propagation), also at the University of Pisa, 1983–1986. He was a researcher at the Dept. of Crop Biology, University of Pisa, from January 1st, 1988 to October 31st, 1998. He was employed as a postdoctoral fellow of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) in the lab directed by Prof. M. Nishimura, at the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Okazaki, Japan, for 18 months, from March 1990 to October 1991. He was then employed as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. S.M. Smith’s lab, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology (ICMB), at the University of Edinburgh, UK, for 12 months, from October 1993 to October 1994; this fellowship was sponsored by the EU’s Human Capital Mobility Program. He was also enrolled on a short-term training fellowship sponsored by the EU (Technical Priority Program) in Dr. S.M. Smith’s lab, ICMB, at the University of Edinburgh, UK, for 2 months, from July to September 1995. He was then granted a professorshipcontract (Fellow of the Japanese Minister of Culture and Research) at Prof. M. Nishimura’s lab, NIBB, Okazaki, Japan, for 12 months, from March 1997 to March 1998. De Bellis was an associate professor of plant physiology at the University of Lecce, Faculty of Science, starting on November 1st, 1998. On November 1st, 2002, he became Chair Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Lecce, Faculty of Science. From March 2012 to February 2020, he was Head of the Dept. of Biological and ,Environmental Science and Technologies (DiSTeBA) at the University of Salento. Additionally, he has been a research unit leader for several regional, national and European/international research projects. He is also reviewer of major plant physiology journals and other journals, a member of the Editorial Board of the Biology, Horticulturae, and Plants, and from 2022 Editor in Chief of Horticulturae.

Prof. Dr. Marko Sabovljevic

Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia

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Marko Sabovljevic (born 1974), a full professor of the University of Belgrade (Serbia) and PJS University in Kosice (Slovakia), is a dedicated researcher into Bryophyte Science. He is an author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers focusing on bryophyte life features, including flora, ecology and environment, physiology, conservation, ex situ conservation, reintroduction, in vitro propagation, chemical content and molecular biology of these plants. He is founder of the in vitro bryophyte collection of over 260 species from all over the world, many of which are threatened and rare, i.e. hard to study in the field. He has a H index 39, i10 index 154, and a score of over 5760 citations. He is a reviewer in over 70 international scientific journals and a member of the board of editors in a few.

Prof. Dr. Giovanna VISIOLI

Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy

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I’m a Professor in Applied Biology, working at the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma. I got my PhD in Plant Genetics and I’m been working as a plant biologist since the last 20 years. Recent areas of research concern: i) Interaction between plants and soil micro-organisms, with particular reference to the bacteria promoting root growth and their possible applications as biofertilizers in plants to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and as biocontrol agents against soil pathogens; ii) comparative studies of functional microbial biodiversity in conventional vs organic management; iii) Phenotypic plasticity and genetic-molecular response of plants to environmental stresses (contamination of heavy metals in soil, water and thermal stress); iv) Use of phytotoxicity and geno-toxicity tests to evaluate the quality, degradation and possible contaminants present in the soil; v) proteomic studies for quality assessment in cereals subjected to low environmental impact managments (leaf fertilization, precision farming techniques)

Professor Leo Sabatino

Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences (SAAF), University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Italy

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Professor Leo Sabatino was awarded a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Palermo (UniPa) and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo (UniPa). Since the beginning of 2014 until the end of 2018 he was Post-Doctorate Researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences of UniPa, from end of July 2019 to May 2023 he was Researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences of UniPa and from June 2023 to now he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences of UniPa. He is focused on vegetable production, vegetable grafting, soilless cultivation, nutritional and nutraceutical vegetable fruit quality linked to cultivation condition and practices, biofortification of leafy and fruiting vegetable crops and propagation of ornamental plants. He has wide knowledge on plant propagation, management of micro-climatic parameters for vegetable production in controlled environment and determination of quality and functional parameters in plant tissues. He teaching experience includes lectures on “Floriculture” and “Production and Biodiversity of Vegetable Crops” in Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, UniPa. He has published 77 papers in refereed international scientific journals (ISI/SCOPUS indexed), 3 book chapters, several congress proceedings and posters. He is reviewer in numerous scientific journals and member of the Italian Society for Horticultural Science (SOI), Italian Society of Agronomy (SIA) and International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). He was involved in the research activities of several national and international Research Projects. He is involved as Editorial Board Member of Agronomy MDPI journal and Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany. He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Plant Science journal. Furthermore, he is Guest Editor of several Special Issues.

Dr. Baohong Zhang

Department of Biology at East Carolina University, USA

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Dr. Baohong Zhang is a well-known scientist and distinguished professor in the Department of Biology at East Carolina University (North Carolina, USA). Dr. Zhang received his bachelor’s degree in plant genetics and breeding at China Agricultural University and Ph.D. in environmental toxicology at Texas Tech University. Dr. Zhang not only provides leadership in research activities but also training our next generation scientists and serving our scientific community. He has been working on the field of genomics and biotechnology, including transgenic and genome editing, for more than 20 years, which are support by federal funding agents (NSF, NIH, DoD and USDA) and industries, such as North Carolina Biotechnology Center and DuPont. Dr. Zhang is frequently invited by the international conferences for giving plenary or keynote lectures. During his long and distinguished career, he has published 10 scientific books, including MicroRNAs in Stem Cell, and Transgenic Cotton, published >200 papers at the peer-reviewed international journals. His papers have been cited for more than 20,000 times; many of them were listed as highly cited papers by the ISI Web of Sciences. He is frequently invited to serve on grant reviewing panels, including NSF, USDA, DoE, and European Research Council Executive Agency. Dr. Zhang is also serving as Editor-in-Chief, associate editor or guest editor for 10 additional international journals. Dr. Zhang frequently reviews manuscripts for more than 100 international journals, including Nature and Nature Biotechnology.

Dr. Daiana Garcia

Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina

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2008: Microbiologist, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina. 2009: Master of Research in Food Production Systems. University of Lleida, Spain 2012: Doctor in Food science and technology. University of Lleida, Spain. 2013 and Actually: Research Career, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina.

Conference Committees

School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Italy. Department of Pharmacy, University of Salerno, Italy.

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Antonella Vitti graduated in "Agricultural Sciences and Technologies" from the University of Basilicata, Italy. In 2010 she earned a Ph.D. in "Biology and Biotechnology" at the University of Basilicata, Italy. From 2002, at the University of Basilicata and University of Salerno, Italy she had collaborative research and post-doc fellowship, acquiring expertise in: molecular plant virology; viral vectors; biotic and abiotic stresses; plant disease; plant disease resistance; plant growth and development; plant biostimulant; sustainable production. In 2008 she won a fellowship of Basilicata Region, which allowed her to work for three months as Visiting Scientist at the USDA Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory of Beltsville, Maryland, USA. She is an author of over 70 scientific papers published in national and international journals, book chapters and proceedings of conferences/congresses.
Research Keywords
molecular plant virology; viral vectors; biotic and abiotic stresses; plant disease; plant disease resistance; plant growth and development; plant biostimulant; sustainable production

Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy

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My scientific research covers different aspects concerning both plant and fungal metabolism: main topics refers to the study of carbon/nitrogen balance in modern and early plants, abiotic stresses (such as heavy metal and new generation drug response) and biotic interactions (mycotoxins metabolism in mycotoxigenic fungi, alteration of the plant proteome, modulation of callose metabolism, response of phloem structure/content inphytoplasma-associated “grapewine yellows”), development of intraspecific bio-competition strategies for plant protection, design and validation of new generation antifungal compounds and the study of their effects on plant germination and development.
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plant physiology and metabolism, plant pathology, plant protection, mycotoxins, fungal metabolism, plant extracts, natural, bioactives

Dpto. Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution, Faculty of Biology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

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Teacher and Researcher since 2004 at the Department of Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution.
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essential oils; chemical composition; seasonal variation; chemotypes; antibacterial activity; antifungal activity

Department of Biotechnology, Metropolitan Autonomous University Campus Iztapalapa, Mexico

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Angelica Roman-Guerrero is a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology at the Metropolitan Autonomous University Campus Iztapalapa (UAMI) since 2013. She specializes in the areas of food biopolymers and colloids, extraction of bioactive compounds from plants using emerging technologies, evaluation of antioxidant and antimicrobial activities in extracts obtained from plant cell culture, and the development of delivery systems for bioactive compounds. Dr. Roman-Guerrero received her Ph.D. in Biotechnology in 2012 at the UAMI. She has published more than 60 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals (H-index 22, Citations >1600, Google Scholar), four chapters of books, and many conference proceedings. Dr. Roman-Guerrero has previously received theNational Award in Food Science and Technology, from the Mexican Academy of Sciences in alliance with the Coca-Cola Mexico Beverage Institute (Mexico).She is member of the Mexican Association of Food Science, AMECA, A.C. and the Mexican Academy of Research and Teaching in Chemical Engineering, AMIDIQ, A.C. She is member of the editorial board of the Mexican Journal of Chemical Engineering, RMIQ, and Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Antioxidant Activity of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants" in Plants MDPI Journal.
Research Keywords
antioxidants; secondary metabolites; natural colorants; microencapsulation and nanoencapsulation of bioactive molecules; ultrasound; microwave-assisted extraction

Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

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Fernando Henrique Reboredo is an Associate Professor with Aggregation at the NOVA School of Science and Technology-New University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL). He has been responsible for the launch of several new scientific domains at the New University of Lisbon such as Agro-industrial Production and Sustainability; Climate Change and Agriculture; Agrofood Production, Medicinal Plants; Forests and Human Health. His main activities are focused on the biofortification of several edible crops in macro and micronutrients, and studies regarding the risk assessment of food supplements and natural products human intake, mainly due to the presence of some deleterious elements such as arsenic, and lead, among others.
Research Keywords
environmental impact assessment; environmental analysis; ecology; plant biology; food; forestry; agroforestry

Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy

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Mauro Commisso is a teacher and researcher in the laboratory of Plant Biology and Metabolomics at the University of Verona (IT). The main scopes of his scientific activities focus on the characterization of the biological roles of plant secondary/specialized metabolites and their related biotechnological applications. His expertise include untargeted and targeted metabolomics through LC-MS techniques and plant genetic engineering. Other research interests include plant stress response, plant metabolism and bioprospection and sustainable use of plant natural products. M.C. is currently serving as editor for peer-reviewed journals and he is a member of Italian Botanical Society.
Research Keywords
plant biology, secondary metabolites, metabolomics, bioprospecting, natural products, nutraceuticals, bioactivities

Centro de Investigação e de Tecnologias Agroambientais e Biológicas, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal

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Graduated in 1997 in Agricultural Engineering, M.Sc. in 2001 in Natural Resources Management and PhD in 2007 in Biological Sciences by the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal. Assistant Professor in the Biology and Environment Department of the UTAD, is Director of the Degree in Biology, Vice-Director of the Degree in Biology-Geology and member of the scientific council of the School of Life and Environment Sciences. Is Full Member of the Centre for the Research and Technology of Agro-Environmental and Biological Sciences (CITAB) and Principal Investigator of the Integrated monitoring of climate and environmental impacts Research Line. I&D research interests include effects of environmental factors on fruit crops; plant resistance to pathogenic fungi by mycorrhization; water use efficiency and wastewater management and plants as source of natural fibers. Is/was team member of 25 R&D projects (national and international), author or co-author of over 50 publications in international peer-reviewed journals (ISI/JCR), 2 books and 11 book chapters. Has experience as scientific adviser at Masters and Doctoral level and participated as reviewer for several international journals. Participated as member of Scientific and Organizing Boards of national and international congresses and symposiums and as Guest Editor two special issues of Plants (MDPI).
Research Keywords
ecophysiology of fruit crops; effects of environmental factors on fruit growth and quality; plant resistance to pathogenic fungi and protection by mycorrhization; water use efficiency and wastewater management

Departamento de Ciencias Agronómicasy Veterinarias, Laboratorio de Biotecnología del Recurso Microbiano, Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, Mexico

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Sergio de los Santos Villalobos is a research professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, Mexico. He is the founder and Director of the Laboratorio de Biotecnología del Recurso Microbiano (LBRM) and Colección de Microorganismos Edáficos y Endófitos Nativos (COLMENA). His research topics are focused on the study of the genetic and functional diversity of microorganisms, plant-microorganism interactions, plant growth-promoting microorganisms, biological control agents, microbial inoculants, and soil conservation and phytogenetic resource. He has authored more than 100 research articles and book chapters. He is a member of the editorial committee of several leading journals.
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microbial ecology of plant-growth-promoting microorganisms and biological control agents in agro-systems; genetic and functional diversity of microbial communities associated with soil, rhizosphere, and crops; crop–microorganisms interactions at physiolog

Institue of Food Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, University of Debrecen, Hungary

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2009 - 2012: Kálmán Kerpely Doctoral (PhD) School of Crop Sciences, Horticultural and Regional Sciences, University of Debrecen ,Topic of examination: Plant physiological examination of industrial by-products and wastes (102/2012 PhD) ,2012 : M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineer, University of Debrecen, Centre of Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences, 4032 Debrecen, Böszörményi str. 138. Hungary ,Agricultural Engineer ,2003 – 2009: M.Sc. degree at University of Debrecen, Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Science, ,Agricultural Environmental Management Engineer
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abiotic stress; antioxidative enzymes; biofertilizers/biostimulants; biotic stress; free radicals; plant nutrients

Research Institute of Biotechnology and Medical Converged Science, Dongguk University-Seoul, Korea

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Dr. Jayanta Kumar Patra, is currently working as Associate Professor at Dongguk University, Republic of Korea. His current research is focused on nanoparticle synthesis by green technology methods and their potential application in bio-medical and agricultural fields. He has about 15 years of research experience in the field of medicinal plants, pharmacology and nano-biotechnology. Dr. Patra has published more than 150 papers in various national and international peer-reviewed journals along with around 40 book chapters in different edited books. Dr. Patra has also authored 20 books on the topic related to nanomaterials, medicinal plants, ethnopharmacology, biotechnology etc. in various publications.
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Medicinal plants; nanobiotechnology; bioactive compounds; antibacterial activity; antioxidant activity

Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

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Dr. Xiaohan Yang is a Distinguished Scientist in the Synthetic Biology Group in Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He obtained his PhD degree (Horticulture/Plant Molecular Biology/Plant Breeding) from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. His research covers plant genome editing, plant metabolic pathway engineering, plant-based biosensor, synthetic biology tool development, secure biosystems design, and plant genomics, with a focus on bioenergy crops and plant-microbe interactions to solve renewable energy and environmental challenges. Dr. Yang’s team develops new tools for synthetic biology research, such as assembly of DNA parts into genetic circuits, multi-gene engineering in plants, high-throughput manipulation of gene expression, high precision genome-editing, efficient transformation in non-model plant species, and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in synthetic biology. He is very interested in automated Design-Build-Test-Learn pipeline for accelerating plant synthetic biology research as well as synthetic genomics. He has more than 130 publications, along with 6 patents. He won an R&D 100 Award in 2018.
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plant synthetic biology; genome editing; comparative genomics; climate change; bioenergy; photosynthesis; plant genomics

Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University, India

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Dr. Naser A. Anjum obtained Ph.D. (Botany) from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi (India), and received post-doctoral research training at University of Aveiro (Portugal), Agricultural Biotechnology Research Centre, Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India). Dr. Anjum has made significant contributions to the biology of ‘Plant/Crop-Environment Adaptation’. He has received prestigious research awards from reputed funding agencies including the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (Portugal), and CSIR, and DBT, New Delhi, India. Dr. Anjum has published > 125 peer-reviewed papers (cumulative impact factor: >350; ≈7350 citations; Scopus); and edited 18 books and journal special issues. Elected Fellow of The Linnean Society, London; Indian Botanical Society; International Society of Environmental Botanists, India; and National Academy of Biological Sciences, India, Dr. Anjum has h-index 44 (https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=23097123400). Dr. Anjum is also on the Editorial boards of several journals. He is serving as the Managing Editor of Plant Growth Regulation (ISSN: 0167-6903; 2015 – to date); and Associate Editor of: Frontiers in Agronomy (ISSN: 2673-3218; 2020 – to date); Frontiers in Marine Science (section–Marine Pollution (eISSN: 2296-7745; 2015 – to date); Frontiers in Plant-Soil Interactions; Frontiers in Environmental Analytical Methods; and Frontiers in Soil Pollution & Remediation (https://loop.frontiersin.org/people/88848/editorial).
Research Keywords
Abiotic stress; Plant Physiology; Plant Stress Tolerance; Phytoremediation; Ecotoxicology; Ascorbate-Glutathione Cycle; Plant Toxicology

University of Parma, Italy

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M. Sc. in “Biology” at University of Parma, Italy. Ph.D. in “Plant Biology” at University of Parma, Italy. Matteo Marieschi scientific research focuses on: effect of heavy metals and stress tolerance mechanisms in algae and aquatic plants; interaction between sulfur assimilation pathway and chromium(VI) tolerance; search and barcoding identification of algal strains adapted to abiotic stresses; ecotoxicological studies on microalgae; culture and bioprospecting of microalgae or cyanobacteria as a source of metabolite; evaluation of molecular markers for biodiversity in plants; search of molecular markers useful for the identification of contaminant in commercial preparations of aromatic/medicinal plants.
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Research Keywords Microalgae, algal growth, abiotic stress, heavy metal, chromium stress, sulfur metabolism, plant molecular biology

Division of Horticultural Science, Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea

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Dr. Pandiyan Muthuramalingam is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Horticultural Science, Agri-Food Bio Convergence Institute, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at SIMATS, India. He previously held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at Anna University, India. He graduated with honors from Madurai Kamaraj University, India, with a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Biotechnology from Alagappa University, India. He also pursued a Master's degree in Psychology from Alagappa University. He is a plant scientist broadly trained in plant molecular biology, multi-omics, and bioinformatics. His current research focus is developing and deploying omics resources and tools for gene discovery and fruit crop improvement. Besides, he also engaged in research for the application of plant-derived natural-products to improve human health. He has also developed strong backgrounds in systems pharmacology, proteomics, artificial intelligence, and microbiology. He has published more than 50 research and review articles in international reputed journals. In addition, he's written more than nine book chapters. Furthermore, he is also serving as a guest editor, review editor and reviewer in many international highly reputed journals.
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Research keywords: abiotic stress; plant stress biology; biotechnology; bioinformatics; molecular biology; multi-omics; crop plants; horticultural plants; medicinal plants

University of Basilicata, Italy

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Bio
Qualified for Assistant Professor in “Microbiology” (Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities, Cairo, Egypt - October 2019). Qualified for II-level Associate Professor in “Plant Pathology” (National Scientific Qualification – Italian Ministry of University and Research - May 2021). PhD: 2013 in Environmental Sciences “Microbiology”, Basilicata University, Italy. Master of Science: 2009 in Organic Farming, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, Italy. BSc: 2004 in Botany and Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Egypt. Current position “Researcher RTD” at University of Basilicata, SAFE, Potenza, Italy. Associate Editor (Frontiers in Microbiology). Topic Editor "Plants-MDPI” and Molecules –MDPI. Reviewer for Several International Peer-reviewed Scientific Journals such as (Scientific reports, MDPI, Crop protection,...etc). Scientific database. Scopus profile: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=55540425200. SCI profile: https://sciprofiles.com/profile/417230. Attended more than 25 international conferences all over the world during the last 10 years. 62 publications in ISI web and Scopus with 1600 citations and 26 h-index.

Keynote Speakers

School of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, UK

Department of Virology, Plant Protection and Biotechnology Center, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA), Spain

Botanic Institute of Barcelona, Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), Spain

Invited Speakers

University of Parma, Italy

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Research Keywords
Arabidopsis thaliana; PGPR; saltstress; heavy metals stress; plantphysiology; plant pathogensbiocontrol; molecular response tostress in plants; plant epigenetic.

Department of Biology and Biotechnology, University of Pavia, Italy

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Talk
The polyphenol/saponin-rich Rhus tripartita extract has an apoptotic effect on THP-1 cells through the PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway
Bio
Abstract: Hyper-activation of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway is involved in the regulation of cellular growth, proliferation, and more in general, is a common phenomenon in most types of cancers. Thus, natural substances targeting this pathway can be of great therapeutic potential in supporting the treatment of tumour patients. Rhus tripartita (Ucria) Grande is a plant generally growing in desert areas and is traditionally used for the treatment of several diseases in Tunisia. Preliminary biochemical analyses of plant leaf extract revealed high levels of polyphenols (in particular flavonoids) and saponins. Therefore, in the present work, the biological activity of a biochemically characterized Rhus tripartita extract on mTOR signaling pathway and the anti-leukemic potential of the plant extracts against acute monocytic leukaemia (AML) THP-1 cells was investigated. In particular, the effect of some flavonoids present in a crude extract of polyphenols and the total extract of saponins on cell survival and apoptosis was evaluated. Analysis of expression level of some genes (PIK3CA, PTEN, AKT1, mTOR, EIF4E, RPS6KB1, and TSC1) involved in the mTOR pathway and the phosphorylation of S6 and AKT proteins indicated how the Rhus tripartita-induced inhibition of cell cycle and induction of apoptosis may involve the mTOR pathway.

Mediterranean Agronomic Istitute of Bari, Italy

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Research Keywords
plant ecology; conservation biology

Botany, Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Egypt

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Endophytic Fungi: A hidden treasure towards pathogen management
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Ahmed is a professor of mycology at Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University in Egypt and affiliated professor at Department of Genetics, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of the Free State, Republic of South Africa. He is the founder and president of Arab Society for Fungal Conservation and executive Committee member of IMA (2018-2022). He is a Founder member of International Society for Fungal Conservation, Member in European Mycological Association, Member in Mycological Society of America. Abdel-Azeem is the president of African Mycological Association (AfriMA) and he founded Egypt's National Fungus day , African Annual Fungus Day and many mycologists' networks like Egyptian, Iraqi , Algerian and Pakistani networks. He is the founder of Pan Arab Mycologists. Abdel-Azeem with particular interest in the ecology, taxonomy, biology, and conservation of fungi and his specialist interest is members of the phylum Ascomycota. He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Group for Cup Fungi, Truffles & their Allies. Also, he is a member of Fungal Conservation Committee (FunCC) of IUCN.

Universty of Monastir, Tunisia

ECOTOX group, Area of Ecology, Dpt. of Functional Biology, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babeş“, Romania

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Olivae folium ethnolic extracts: phytochemical profile and biological activity assessment

Department of Agricultural Life Science, Sunchon National University, Korea

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A Systematic Approach to Optimize the Droplet-vitrification Procedure by Balancing the Cryoprotection and Cytotoxicity Based on the Donor Plant Vigor

IECPS 2024 - Live Session Recordings

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IECPS 2024 Program

15 January 2024 (Monday)
SESSION B. Plant Ecology, Biodiversity and Developmental Biology
SESSION G. Plant Modeling and Bioinformatics
SESSION H. Plant Ecosystem Services and Public Outreach

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Speaker and Title

09:30-9:40

16:30-16:40

3:30-3:40

Welcome from the chair, Prof. Dr. Adriano Sofo,
and session chair, Prof. Dr. Marko Sabovljevic

9:40-10:10

16:40-17:10

3:40-4:10

Invited Speaker:
Prof. Dr. M. Teresa Boquete Seoane
Abiotic stress endurance in bryophytes: new insights from heavy metal tolerance studies

10:10-10:40

17:10-17:40

4:10-4:40

Invited Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Enrico Vito Perrino
SYNECOLOGY AND DISTRIBUTION OF SOME CROP WILD RELATIVES (CWR) OF CONSERVATION CONCERN IN ITALY

10:40-10:55

17:40-17:55

4:40-4:55

Jalal Kassout
Aridity Gradients Shape Intraspecific Variability of leaf functionl Traits in Native Olea europaea L. of Morocco

10:55-11:10

17:55-16:10

4:55-5:10

ANSHUL DHYANI
Influence of Various Biotic and Abiotic Factors on Moss Diversity and Community Composition in the Himalaya

11:10-11:25

16:10-16:25

5:10-5:25

Jannat E. Tajkia
Characterization of Floral and Leaf Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Four Asian Annonaceae Species: Insights into Pollination and Stress Responses

11:25-11:40

16:25-16:40

5:25-5:40

Pablo Gonzalez-Suarez
Hot and Cold: Mathematical Modeling of Temperature Sensing in Arabidopsis and Wheat

11:40-11:55

16:40-16:55

5:40-5:55

Chiara Suanno
From big data to micro morphology: an experimental approach to ecosystem services calculation

SESSION C. Plant Response to Stresses and Changing Environment

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Speaker and Title

14:00-14:10

21:00-21:10

8:00-8:10

Welcome from the session chair, Prof. Dr. Oscar Vicente, Prof. Dr. Giovanna VISIOLI and Prof. Dr. Maurizio Badiani

14:10-14:30

21:10-21:30

8:10-8:30

Invited Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Oscar Vicente
Cakile maritima: A Halophyte Model to Study Salt Tolerance Mechanisms and Potential Useful Crop for Sustainable Saline Agriculture
in the Context of Climate Change

14:30-14:55

21:30-21:55

8:30-8:55

Invited Speaker:
Prof. Dr. BELSEM MARZOUK REFIFA
Potential of Citrullus colonythis extracts as food preservative against a fungal mycotoxigenic contaminant

14:55-15:20

21:55-22:20

8:55-9:20

Invited Speaker:
Dr. Gianluigi Giannelli
The contribution of the Beijerinckia fluminensis strain PVr_9 in plants salt stress tolerance

15:20-15:35

22:20-22:35

9:20-9:35

Tamanna Bhardwaj
Melatonin and microbial fortification improved photosynthetic efficiency and phenolic contents in Brassica juncea L. plants under Cd stress

15:35-15:50

22:35-22:50

9:35-9:50

Juan Sebastian León-Beltrán
Induced Defense of Alstroemeria sp. against Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) via Elicitation with Inorganic Compounds

15:50-16:05

22:50-23:05

9:50-10:05

Silvia Potestio
Bejierinkia fluminensis increases salt stress tolerance in tomato plants

16:05-16:20

23:05-23:20

10:05-10:20

Elisa Fasani
Metal interactions in the Ni hyperaccumulating population Noccaea caerulescens Monte Prinzera.

16:20-16:35

23:20-23:35

10:20-10:35

Lou Lambert
Type II metacaspase mediates light-dependent programmed cell death in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

16 January 2024 (Tuesday)
SESSION A. Plant Physiology Signaling and Communication
SESSION E. Plant Nutrition and Plant–Soil–Microorganism Interactions

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Speaker and Title

09:30-9:40

16:30-16:40

3:30-3:40

Welcome from the chair, Dr. Enrico Doria, Prof. Dr. Xinhua He and Prof. Leo Sabatino

9:40-10:05

16:40-17:05

3:40-4:05

Brian Ssemugenze
Investigation of the effects of foliar fertilization on two maize hybrids’ physiological characteristics under irrigated conditions

10:05-10:20

17:05-17:20

4:05-4:20

Davide Farruggia
Productive and Qualitative Response of Organic Lemon Balm Treated with Different Foliar Biostimulants

10:20-10:35

17:20-17:35

4:20-4:35

Michele Ciriello
Investigation of the effects of different non-microbial biostimulants on primary and secondary metabolism of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) in organic farming

10:35-10:50

17:35-17:50

4:35-4:50

Giovanna Fusco
Effects of microbial biostimulants on horticultural crops

10:50-11:05

17:50-18:05

4:50-5:05

Marzena Sujkowska-Rybkowska
Rhizobia and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) as the microbiota potentially improving the growth of legumes in heavy metal polluted areas

11:05-11:20

18:05-18:20

5:05-5:20

Break

11:20-11:35

18:20-18:35

5:20-5:35

Francesca Degola
The Characterization of the Glutamate Dehydrogenase Enzyme in Selected Marchantiophyta: A Study to Explore Nitrogen Management in Liverworts

11:35-11:50 18:35-18:50 5:35-5:50

Rosangela Addesso
Soil microalgae and cyanobacteria characterization in a differentially managed olive orchard

11:50-12:05 18:50-19:05 5:50-6:05

Jorge Poveda
A novel plant "wire communication" after infection by foliar necrotrophic pathogens: first description of Trichoderma as an interplant communicator

12:05-12:20
19:05-19:20 6:05-6:20

Xie Luo
Community response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi between subsoil and topsoil layers to 15-year long-term fertilizer amendments in an intensively managed arable purple soil

SESSION F. Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

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Speaker and Title

14:00-14:10

21:00-21:10

8:00-8:10

Welcome from the session committee, Dr. Pandiyan Muthuramalingam

14:10-14:40

21:10-21:40

8:10-8:40

Invited Speaker:
Dr. Kim Haeng-Hoon
A Systematic Approach to Optimize the Droplet-vitrification Procedure by Balancing the Cryoprotection and Cytotoxicity Based on the Donor Plant Vigor

14:40-15:10

21:40-22:10

8:40-9:10

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Antonio Olmos
Advances on Plant Viruses and High Throughput Sequencing (HTS)

15:10-15:25

22:10-22:25

9:10-9:25

Gianluca Gambacorta
A metabolic engineering approach to study the biological role of the indolamines tryptamine and serotonin in the model species Solanum lycopersicum

15:25-15:40

22:25-22:40

9:25-9:40

Amy Klocko
Efficient dual-gene targeting AGAMOUS-like genes in domestic apple

15:40-15:55

22:40-22:55

9:40-9:55

Sadhana Singh
CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Genome Editing in Legumes

15:55-16:10

22:55-23:10

9:55-10:10

Catarina Estêvão
Genome-wide analysis of Cation/Proton exchanger (CAX) gene family in Vitis vinifera L.

16:10-16:25

23:10-23:25

10:10-10:25

Rosa Paola Radice
Effect of UV-C radiation on genomic variation on Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

17 January 2024 (Wednesday)
SESSION D. Phytochemistry, Phytoremediation, and Plants in Urban Ecosystems

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Speaker and Title

09:30-9:40

16:30-16:40

3:30-3:40

Welcome from the chair, Dr. Suresh Awale

9:40-10:10

16:40-17:10

3:40-4:10

Invited Speaker: Dr. Enrico Doria
The polyphenol/saponin-rich Rhus tripartita extract has an apoptotic effect on THP-1 cells through the PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway

10:10-10:40

17:10-17:40

4:10-4:40

Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Corina Tiulea Danciu
Olivae folium ethnolic extracts: phytochemical profile and biological activity assessment

10:40-10:55

17:40-17:55

4:40-4:55

Oumaima Chgari
Orbea variegata (L.) Haw. (Apocynaceae) attenuates the progression of UV/sulfuric acid-induced skin carcinogenesis in Swiss albino mice

10:55-11:10

17:55-19:10

4:55-5:10

Stefano Negri
Phylogenetic-guided bioprospection of the Italian flora: from the exploitation of bioactive phytochemicals to the study of chemo-evolutionary dynamics

11:10-11:25

19:10-19:25

5:10-5:25

Nutthawut Charoimek
Aromatic Profile and Phytochemical Analysis of Comprehensive Fractions in the Aromatic Extraction of Damask Rose

11:25-11:40

19:25-19:40

5:25-5:40

Lina Raudone
Phytoprofilling of Achillea millefolium morphotypes

11:40-11:55

19:40-19:55

5:40-5:55

Fabio Pietrolucci
Bioprospection of the Artemisia genus: phytochemical profile and antioxidant activity of five Artemisia spp. from the Lessini mountains

11:55-12:10

19:55-20:10

5:55-6:10

Jesús Palá Paúl
Essential oils of different populations of Baccharis halimifolia L. from USA

IECPS 2024 Poster session

17 January 2024 (Wednesday)

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Speaker and Title

14:00-15:30

21:00-22:30

8:00-9:30

The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms.
The list of names and titles are the posters can be found here.

The poster session for IECPS 2024 is free of charge for listeners. Click here to register yourself and share the registration link with your connections so they can also join in the discussion to benefit from all the insights and best practice!

Book of Abstracts

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Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as the “Covering Author”, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. The “Covering Author” registration deadline is 20 December 2023. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not completed by this date.

Finally, only registered authors will be able to apply for the Conference Awards, and the 10% discount on the publication fees for the Plants Special Issue.
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Publication Opportunities
Participants of this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to our Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Plant Sciences" in the journal Plants (ISSN: 2223-7747, IF 4.5) with a 10% discount on the APC.

If this is the case, the authors are asked to disclose that their work as an extended version of the IECPS 2024 abstract in their cover letter. Expanded and high-quality papers from the conference can be articles if they fulfill the following requirements:

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(2) The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.

Event Awards


To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide one Best Oral Presentation Award and one Best Poster Award.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award - 500 CHF

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference. There will be one winner selected for this award, the winner will receive a certificate and 500 CHF.

Best Poster Award - 500 CHF

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference. There will be one winner selected for this award, the winner will receive a certificate and 500 CHF.

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