Linking genetic resources, genomes and phenotypes of Solanaceous crops
Agenzia Nazionale Per Le Nuove Tecnologie,
L’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA)
Giovanni Giuliano is Research Director and member of the board of directors at ENEA (the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development). He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Pisa and did postdoctoral studies at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the University of Pennsylvania. He is co-author of >100 papers on international journals and 5 patents (scholar.google.it/citations?user=Yp9Iny4AAAAJ), mainly in the fields of plant genomics and (apo)carotenoid biosynthesis. He received several awards, including the Science award by the Italian Ministry of Culture and organized several conferences, including the 2018 Gordon Conference on Carotenoids. He is presently coordinating the EU-funded research project “Linking genetic resources, genomes and phenotypes of Solanaceous crops (G2P-SOL)”.
The Agricultural Research Organization of Israel – The Volcani Center, Israel
Dr. Ilan Paran is a senior researcher at the Plant Sciences Institute, The Volcani center, Israel. The main focus of Dr. Paran activity is pepper genetics and breeding. The major research interests are the development of molecular tools for pepper improvement, characterization and utilization of natural and induced variation of Capsicum, molecular mapping of fruit yield and quality traits and development of breeding lines containing disease resistance and fruit quality traits.
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Jaime Prohens holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering (1997) and is Full Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) since 2009. His research deals with Solanaceae vegetable crops breeding and enhancement, including assessment of diversity, hybridization, molecular markers, genomics, phenomics, quality, resistance to stresses, and evolution. He has co-authored over 170 papers in JCR journals, 60 book chapters and technical publications, and around 300 contributions to congresses, and has developed five varieties of vegetables. He has coordinated or been PI of over 50 research projects and contracts, including several international and H2020 projects. He is associate editor of plant breeding journals like Euphytica and Frontiers in Plant Science section Plant Breeding, as well as member of the editorial board of Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. He has been senior editor of the Handbook of Plant Breeding series (Springer). During the period 2004-2008 he served as president of EUCARPIA, of which presently is Scientific Secretary.
Algae, Fungi and Plants Division/Department of Life Sciences Natural History Museum
Sandy Knapp is botanist who is a specialist on the taxonomy and evolution of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, and she has spent much time in the field collecting plants, mostly in South America. Her work in Solanaceae spans biodiversity from taxonomy to phylogenetics and evolution, with a focus on the wild relatives of important crops like tomatoes, potatoes and eggplants. Current work includes a worldwide monograph of the genus Solanum, and the species of Lycianthes from New Guinea. She is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several popular books on the history of science and botanical exploration, including the award-winning Potted Histories (2004), and more recently Extraordinary Orchids (2021). She is actively involved in promoting the role of taxonomy and the importance of science for conservation and sustainable development worldwide. Sandy is the current President of the Linnean Society of London. She has received numerous awards for her work in outreach (Peter Raven Outreach Award by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists), biodiversity conservation (UK National Biodiversity Network’s John Burnett Medal), and botanical science (Rolf Dahlgren Prize); she holds honorary professorships at University College London and Stockholm University. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Nacional de Ciencias of Argentina and Academia Europeana.
The National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE)
Véronique Lefebvre is a researcher at The National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) based in France. Her research deals with Solanaceae vegetable crops genetics, including assessment of diversity, identification of loci and genes responsible for traits of interest and for domestication, using, genomics, phenomics, transcriptomics. Her current research focuses on polygenic resistance and tolerance of plants to biotic and abiotic stress, and aims to decipher the mechanisms of interaction and evolution between plants and pathogens in different environments. Since 2016, she has been coordinating with Ilan Paran the workpackage "phenotyping" in the G2P-SOL project.
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) & Georg-August-University Göttingen Nils Stein is joint research group leader and professor of Plant Genetic Resources at IPK Gatersleben and GAU Göttingen. His research focuses on genome dynamics and evolution, structural and comparative genome analysis of the small grain cereals barley, wheat and rye – with a leading role in the sequencing of the barley, wheat and rye genomes. Recent activities emphasize on the analysis of the pan-genome of barley, wheat and rye and on the systematic cataloging of global barley diversity in ex situ diversity collections as a proxy for barley systems genomics and genomics based plant breeding.
Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM)
Full Professor of Plant Genetics at Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM) and coordinator of the INCREASE project H2020 (www.pulsesincrease.eu).
Graduated in Perugia in 1989 and PhD at the University of Sassari, in 1994 he started the researcher position in Plant Genetics at UNIVPM (Ancona). He was the director of the Research Center for Cereal Growing (CREA-CER) in Foggia (2010-2014) and has carried out teaching and research activities in major Universities and research institutions abroad in France, Germany, Great Britain, Syria, and the United States.
Since 1990 he has been involved in the conservation of plant genetic resources and the evolution of crops, helping to clarify various aspects, using innovative population genomics and molecular phenotyping approaches for the study of genetic resources in legumes (Phaseolus ssp.) and cereals (wheat, barley, and corn), to promote the conservation of agrobiodiversity and its use in agriculture.
Maria José Díez
Polytechnic University of Valencia
Dr. María José Díez is Full Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She holds a PhD in Biology (1989). Her research deals with tomato breeding for resistance to diseases: development of inoculation and diagnostic methods for viral diseases, identification and genetics of resistance, mapping of resistance genes and development of virus resistant research lines. Other focus of his activity has been the development of pre-breeding populations, study of the morphological and genetic diversity of some vegetable crops, especially tomato, including in this case its origin and domestication processes. She has co-authored more than 50 papers in ISI journals and registered six tomato varieties. He is the Director of the Vegetable Genebank of the Polytechnic University of Valencia since 2003 and was the Chair of the ECPGR Cucurbits Working Group from 2005 to 2016. Since 2016, she has been coordinating the WP2 about genotype and phenotype inventory workpackage in the G2P-SOL project
The National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE)
Hannele Lindqvist-Kreuze is Senior Scientist at the International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru with over 20 years of experience in molecular plant pathology and molecular breeding. As the Leader of Genetics, Genomics and Crop Improvement Sciences Division she is responsible for the CIP breeding activities globally with the goal to deliver improved potato and sweetpotato varieties for rapid adoption by smallholder farmers in developing countries. She has MSc from the Faculty of Agriculture, Helsinki University, Finland (1997) and PhD from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden (2002).
Wageningen University and Research
Dr. Arnaud Bovy is senior researcher at the Department of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands. His research team “Breeding for Quality” aims to elucidate the genetic, molecular and biochemical basis of fruit quality traits, such as flavor, nutritional value, color and shelf life in Solanaceous vegetable crops, with a major emphasis on tomato and pepper. His research combines the characterization and exploitation of genetic diversity with state of the art X-omics approaches to unravel the biology of the above mentioned traits and identify the underlying metabolic pathways and key genes.