Plant Biotechnology: Beyond

Our Conference on Plant Biotechnology is coming up and you are kindly invited to book the date in your calendar:

Friday, 25 September 2020

Sofia, Bulgaria (online event)

The rapidly evolving Plant Biotechnology is embracing the new developments in plant genome analysis, high throughput technologies, and computational studies in order to provide solutions to agriculture, food and health. Biotechnology approaches nowadays are used to enhance crop production and to make plants more resilient to unfavorable environmental conditions. The recent advances in plant genomics and bioinformatics have greatly facilitated these processes. In addition, the rapidly developing technologies for metabolome analysis allowed us to identify and purify (new) plant-derived molecules with medical applications. Here we discuss how these plant biotechnology approaches result in production of new-generation crops as well as medications that can treat socially-significant diseases.

The workshop Plant Biotechnology: Beyond has two sessions:

  • The future of plant agriculture (Moderators: Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev)
  • Will computational biology push the next breakthrough in plant biotechnology and breeding? (Moderator: Prof. Dr. Zoran Nikoloski)

Moderators and Guests

The organizers from the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB) Plovdiv and Biotech Atelier will bring scientists from leading academic and industrial institutions located in Bulgaria and Germany.

Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie


Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie

Group Leader Central Metabolism
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany
Prof. Dr. Astrid Junker


Prof. Dr. Astrid Junker

Group Leader 'Acclimation Dynamics and Phenotyping'
Local Coordinator of the German Plant Phenotyping Network
Dr. Veselin Petrov


Assist. Prof. Dr. Veselin Petrov

Chief assistant professor at the Department of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Genetic
Agricultural University, Plovdiv


All times are in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) / UTC +3

 – 11:00

Session 1

The future of plant agriculture

Prof. Dr. Alisdair Fernie
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev

 – 13:30

Session 2

Will computational biology push the next breakthrough in plant biotechnology and breeding?

Prof. Dr. Zoran Nikoloski

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