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The 9th International Symposium on Plant Senescence: Capacity Building in Modern Crop Science

01 - 04 Apr 2019

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Berlin, Germany

World population is steadily increasing and will reach more than 9 billion people within the next 30 years. A major scientific and societal effort is needed to feed this huge population and develop and secure sustainable agriculture in the future. Climate change poses an increasing threat to crop agriculture, with increased yield losses. Besides others, plant breeding is an important measure to develop crop varieties for future needs.

During development, plants follow an intrinsic program that leads to the formation of its different organs, including the harvestable ones (e.g., seeds). An important process in crop biology is senescence, representing a nutrient (mostly nitrogen) salvage procedure that helps to regain nutrients stored during vegetative growth for optimal seed formation. The process is controlled by many regulatory factors within the plant, and is affected by environmental stresses. A better understanding of those factors will help to reduce fertilizer use and the ecological footprint associated with it (e.g., by minimizing the release of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the extensive use of nitrogen fertilizer), and will allow breeding vegetable crops with better fruit shelf life and reduced post-harvest losses.

Recent scientific discoveries made on the above topics will be presented at the 9th International Symposium on Plant Senescence in Berlin, Germany, from 01 – 04 April 2019. With the AGYA Project ‘Capacity Building in Modern Crop Science’, the AGYA members PD Dr. Salma Balazadeh and Prof. Dr. Bassam Alameddine team up to facilitate the participation of young researchers from Arab countries in the symposium, and furthermore to strengthen their future involvement in upcoming research on crop biology. The project will offer the opportunity for young scholars from Arab countries to discuss recent scientific discoveries on a highly international level. Arab countries are in a situation where they must find ways to feed their growing population under the conditions of limited area of arable land, and under conditions of limited availability of water and other natural resources needed for agriculture.

The 9th International Symposium on Plant Senescence is the next upcoming event of the approximately bi-annual series of conferences and workshops on state-of-the-art topics related to plant senescence research. The symposium is the most important international forum on plant/crop senescence. In the past, it has attracted all global players and all excellent researchers working on plant aging to initiate new collaborative projects.

The same is certainly expected for the upcoming event.

The 9th International Symposium on Plant Senescence will be held in Berlin, Germany, in the center of Europe. The 4-days symposium will take place at the prestigious Leibniz-Saal of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).

Keynote speeches and invited talks, as well as talks selected from submitted abstracts, will cover a wide spectrum of aspects of plant aging and senescence including, besides others, the following:

  • molecular, biochemical and physiological layers of senescence regulation
  • tissue- and organ-specific aspects of senescence (e.g. leaves, flowers, fruiting organs)
  • nutrient recycling and plant productivity
  • autophagy and plant senescence
  • stress-induced senescence and tolerance to abiotic stresses
  • postharvest biology

The symposium will discuss recent discoveries in crop senescence from different angles, including metabolomics, transcriptomics, physiology, systems biology and agricultural perspectives.

Date, Time & Venue

1 – 4 April 2019,
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Markgrafenstraße 38, 10117 Berlin, Germany



Contact & Registration

Please find more information about registration here: www.senconf2019.org



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