Edwin Herman (Agricell Report - Shrub Oak, New York, USA)


Edwin Herman has been working as Editor and Publisher at Agricell Report since 1983. After his  Bachelor of Science at City College of New York and his Master of Science at Long Island University, Edwin worked as Biology Instructor at New York Community College and Hunter College; he was senior researcher at General Foods Corporation making experimentations with tissue cultures of Coffea arabica, Lycopersicon esculentum and Beta vulgaris.

Lecture: Plant tissue culture "contamination": challenges and opportunities


Ivan Iliev (University of Forestry - Sofia, Bulgaria)


Ivan Iliev works as professor at University of Forestry (Sofia) and is a member of ISHS. His research work is concentrated on genetics, breeding and in vitro propagation of woody plants. He published more than 100 publications and 3 books. He is Editor-in-chief of Journal Propagation of Ornamental Plants,  member of the Editorial Board of the journals Plant Growth Regulation and South African Journal of Botany and reviewer for other SCOPUS refereed journals and proceedings of National and International Conferences. He is former vice rector and chairman of General Assembly of the University of Forestry, chairman and participant of 20 research and educational projects, prizeman of the Rosa bowl, highest annual award of International Plant Propagator Society.

Lecture: Factors affecting the axillary and adventitious shoots formation in woody plants in vitro


Rosario Muleo (University of Tuscia - DAFNE - Laboratory of Molecular Eco-Physiology and Biotechnology of woody plant - Viterbo, Italy) 


Dr Rosario Muleo’s research is focused on understanding the genetic regulation of plant development and adaption, under in vitro and in vivo conditions, with intent to apply in genetic improvement of new varieties and rootstocks. He is a senior scientist in biotechnology, molecular biology and genomics of horticultural specie at the Italian Department of Agriculture, Forestry, Nature and Energy (DAFNE) of University of Tuscia (Viterbo). Many of his publications have coped and still cope epigenetic and genetic events that lead to somaclonal variation in plants cultured in vitro. He is the national coordinator of the Italian project on genome sequencing and genetic improvement of olive, and unravelling the regulation of fruit trait and plant adaptation, including abiotic stress, plant communication and genetic and epigenetic regulation of changing phase.

Lecture: Epigenetic and Genetic mutation occurrence in plantlets cultured in vitro: how to deal with them


Davide Neri (Polytechnic University of Marche - Ancona, Italy)


Davide Neri is Associate professor for Arboriculture at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences- Polytechnic University of Marche. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Tree physiology  at Bologna University. He taught courses of olive culture at University of Rio Grande do Sur, Brasil, and held seminars about plant physiology and sustainable agricultural systems at the doctoral school of Catholic University of Chile in Santiago and Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai, India. Over the last two years he held courses on flower mapping and plant architecture of strawberry in Italy, Netherland, Germany, Chile and California. He is broadly interested in plant propagation, tree pruning and training, flower differentiation, pomology and germplasm evaluation, agroecology, root physiology and sustainable fruit orchard management and replant problems related to soil sickness. He is author or co-author for more than 130 publications and member of  ISHS, SOI, JSHS; he is  academic correspondent of the National Academy for Olive and Oil, chairman of the strawberry physiology working group of the COST 836 “Integrated berry production” and of the bilateral project Italy-Japan “Strawberry fruit quality: genetic and physiological background”;  member of International Advisory Board of Research Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Pomology – PomoCentre, Skierniewice, Poland.

Lecture: Acclimation ex vitro: how to improve the root system


Sergio Ochatt (INRA / PCMV - Dijon, France)


Sergio Ochatt is senior scientist, head of the Cell Physiology, Morphogenesis and Validation team (PCMV) at INRA Res Center in Dijon (France). He received his Ph.D. Degree in Botany  and he is qualified as Professor of French Universities. He has published 100 papers, 25 book chapters and held more than 200 congress presentations. He is Editor-in-chief of PCTOC, Associate editor of 4 other journals and co-editor of 3 books. He is FAO/ICRO (UN) and Eureka (EU) expert on plant crop biotechnology, mutation breeding and on exploitation and breeding of neglected crops in low-income food-deficit countries. He has worked on temperate fruit trees, ornamental shrubs and legumes. The most significant achievements of his research have been: first example of plant regeneration from isolated protoplasts in a deciduous fruit tree (pear), study of the effects of electricity on DNA synthesis and plant regeneration in vitro and unraveling of plant regeneration competence, exploitation of in vitro selection for salt/drought tolerance and obtainment of tolerant variants to these stresses in a number of crops. Recently he achieved the first double haploids in pea, chickpea, Medicago truncatula and grasspea. Other experiments focused on recovery of transformants and RNAi plants in M. truncatula characterized by applying cytological, molecular and cytomic markers to study embryo development, seed filling and plant growth efficiency (environmental, physiological and genetic determinism).

Lecture: The role of stress on the unraveling of somatic embryogenesis competence


Ibrahim Rusli (Malaysian Nuclear Agency / Agrotechnology & Biosciences Division - Banji, Malaysia, Asia)


Ibrahim Rusli  is the head of Industrial Crop Research Group at Malaysian Nuclear Agency. He obtained the Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences  at University of Illinois-USA, and received his Ph.D. Degree in Biotechnology and Cell Engineering at University of Ghent (Belgium). He joined Malaysian Nuclear Agency under Agrotechnology & Biosciences Division as a plant breeder and has been involved in the field of mutation breeding and biotechnology for the improvement of industrial and horticultural crops. At the present, he is responsible for the design, development, execution, and implementation of plant breeding and biotechnology research programs. He is actively engaged in consulting for setting up of plant tissue culture laboratory and training of micropropagation laboratory personnel and provided technology transfer for local micropropagation companies with basic and advanced knowledge in bioreactor technology for mass propagation of horticultural crops and also secondary metabolite production in medicinal plants.


Lecture: The potential of bioreactor technology for large-scale plant micropropagation


Stefaan Werbrouck (University of Ghent - Laboratory of Applied In Vitro Plant Biotechnology - Ghent, Belgium) 


Stefaan Werbrouck is professor at Ghent (Belgium) University and leads the Laboratory of Applied in Vitro Plant Biotechnology. The central motivation of the research group is to provide innovative solutions to clone superior herbaceous and woody plants for food, feed, fuel, fiber, ornamental and medicinal use. This implies the exploitation of all current botanical, physiological and biotechnological scientific knowledge. Most of the research is funded by competitive research grants with tissue culture industry. The group cooperates worldwide with companies and research groups that are familiar with local plant species and culture conditions, which is important to realize applicable solutions for propagation problems. Prof. Werbrouck teaches Plant tissue culture, Biotechnology and several horticultural bachelor and master courses. Stefaan Werbrouck is President of the Belgian Plant Biotechnology Association. He is Associate editor for Euphytica, Plant Growth Regulation and Acta Physiologiae Plantarum.

Lecture: Volatile indicators of contamination in tissue cultures



Experts who have already confirmed their participation


Giuliano Dradi (Vivai Battistini - Cesena, Italy)


He will bring the voice of the commercial micropropagation laboratories in Italy.

Lecture: Commercial micropropagation of fruit varieties and rootstocks in Europe: an overview on problems and future prospects


Gyuri Fenyvesi (HilverdaKooij BV - Aalsmeer, The Netherlands)



He will present some practical case studies faced during the commercial propagation of his company with particular attention to the in vitro management of rooting and hardening efficiency.

Lecture: Plant tissue culture "contamination": challenges and opportunities


Frank Kors (Duchefa Biochemie BV -  Haarlem, The Netherlands)


He will focus on a presentation dealing with the developments in Plant Cell tissue Culture media and its applications.


Lecture: SETIS™, advanced temporary immersion systems for plant micropropagation



Andrea Mansuino (CIOPORA - Italy)



As President of CIOPORA, the intervention will focus on the intellectual property in asexually reproduced crops and the need of a strong protection of research and innovation for the benefit of the society.


Lecture: Intellectual property in asexually reproduced crops: research and innovation need a strong protection for the benefit of the society


Aurelién Masson (SoGB estate - Ivory Coast, Africa)



He will bring his expertise on the  use of micropropagated rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) to establish plantations as a testimony of the SOCFIN Group.


Lecture: Usefullness of in vitro micropropagation for establishing clonal plantations from mature selected rubber trees 



Caroline Schneider (Institut für Pflanzenkultur - Schnega, Germany)


She is the leader of a COST action which combines activities of different European laboratories to compare protocols and technologies for the analysis and utilization of bacterial and fungal endophytes in Biotechnology and Agriculture. The intervention will focus on the commercial use of endophytes in micropropagation.

Lecture: Commercial use of endophytes in micropropagation


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