For the first time, PlantResponse™ sponsored the Workshop “New Frontiers in Plant Biology”, organized in collaboration with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO).

The Workshop gathered together more than a hundred prestigious international scientists and business representatives to discuss advances in the understanding of plant biology and their possible applications to the food sector.

Among the researchers involved in the Workshop were Siobhan Brady (University of California, USA), Christopher Voigt (MIT, USA), Maria Harrison (Cornell University, USA), Michael Feldbrugge (Heinrich-Heine-University, Germany), Stéphane Blanc (INRA-CNRS, France), Gabino Sánchez (University of Wageningen, Netherlands), and, from Spain, Roberto Solano and Carmen Castresana (National Center for Biotechnology, CNB-CSIC) and Crisanto Gutiérrez (Center for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa, CSIC-CBMSO).

The main topics covered new aspects of plant development, and different plant responses to abiotic stress and its interaction with other organisms, including:

  • Plant developmental genetic
  • Interactions of plants with environmen
  • Systems and synthetic biology

The Workshop took place from 15–17 June at the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics UPM–INIA (CBGP), a Joint Research Center established in July 2006 with the purpose of contributing to the sustainable development of agriculture, forestry and environmental sectors through the Bio-Based Economy Knowledge (KBBE) and of increasing the competitiveness of research and production in these areas.

The director of CBGP and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board at PlantResponse, Antonio Molina explained:

“This conference is a forum for discussion and dialogue between researchers and representatives of companies in the bio-economy sector on future and potential applications of new concepts and technologies in plant biology”