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We are participating at the Iberian Plant Biology 2023 (IPB2023) congress

Several members of the PLANTsynergy group are taking part at the Iberian Plant Biology 2023 (IPB2023) congress, being held in Braga, Portugal on 9-12 July and organised by the Portuguese Society of Plant Biology and the Spanish Society of Plant Biology. 

The event gathers plant biology researchers to update and disseminate latest research in the adaptation of plants to biotic and abiotic stresses, molecular mechanisms that control plant development and function, to plant biotechnology and sustainable crop production. This year, IPB2023 is focusing on the preservation of a sustainable world for the future.

Our PLANTsynergy members have been proposed for one concurrent talk and four poster presentations. The PhD candidate Alba Arabia is giving a talk on one of her current thesis works on how “Melatonin modulates strawberry ripening rates by differential spatiotemporal accumulation as a result of phytohormones and ROS crosstalk” where she is explaining the differences obtained after melatonin applications at different stages of development and the putative mechanism. 

Our postdoc Dr. Melanie Morales is also presenting a poster on “Photoprotective strategies across contrasting environments in two congeneric species, Scabiosa atropurpurea and S. columbaria” explaining how she performed a comparison of congeneric plant species from contrasting environments to shed light on seasonal dynamics influencing functional traits with a great ecological implication in the current frame of global climate change. Likewise, our PhD candidate Laia Jené is presenting a poster entitled “Does vitamin E play an antioxidant role in vestigial chloroplasts? New insights from the field dodder-lentil interaction“, Tania Mesa is showing her work on “Jasmonate-mediated vitamin E biosynthesis under single and combined stresses in the model vegetable crop Solanum lycopersicum cv. Micro-Tom“, and Sabina Villadangos has a poster explaining “Physiological desiccation limit and resilience mechanisms in the oreophyte species Sempervivum tectorum L.”.

Our PhDs are joining the satellite meeting (3rd PhD Meeting in Plant Science) where the PLANTsynergy PhD students will have the chance to present and discuss their work in a relaxed environment leading to greater interactions to create networks with other young researchers. In this part of the meeting Laia Jené, Tania Mesa and Sabina Villadangos are giving flash talks on “Factors influencing lentil productivity and composition“, “Influence of salinity on tomato fruit quality and the importance of α-tocopherol (vitamin E)” and “Clonal propagation as a possible survival strategy to cope with severe drought stress“, respectively.  Alba Arabia is also having a poster entitled “Evaluating the role of melatonin during ripening and over-ripening of different non-climacteric fruits“.
We hope our researchers have the best opportunity to interact with important plant biology scientists and exchange innovative ideas for the future of plant physiology.