10th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology (10GPB) - Verona 2016

Verona, Italy

Jun 13 - 18, 2016

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, our Sponsors and the Grapevine Community, it is a great pleasure to invite you to attend the Tenth International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology (10GPB) which will be held in Verona, Italy on 13th-18th June, 2016.

The 10GPB will cover the most recent developments in grapevine research from around the world, across the range of all disciplines related to grapevine. The scope of the conference will include plant physiology and development, environmental and pathogen interactions, genomics, metabolomics and fruit quality, amongst many other fields.

The 10GPB Symposium will be organized by the University of Verona. Today this University includes 15 Departments which operate in different fields and host about 23,000 students.

Wine grape cultivation in the Verona province dates back 2000 years to Roman times. Verona is home to the regal Amarone red wine, and is surrounded by the principle wine regions Valpolicella, Soave, Bardolino and Custoza. Verona is located in the beautiful Region of Veneto, one of the foremost wine-producing regions in Italy, exporting internationally on a large scale from over 20 Controlled Denomination of Origin zones including Prosecco.

Verona is one of the most visited cities in Italy. It is home to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it is famous for its Roman ruins and the beautiful Roman Arena, which hosts an international standard Opera Season every year in summer. Verona and its outskirts are blessed by beauty: rolling hills with endless vineyards, orchards, fields, rivers and canals, all interspersed between ancient and modern towns, towers, bridges, forts, churches and ruins. Visiting possibilities are endless! You can have the opportunity to be exposed first-hand to modern and traditional viticulture, local grape varieties, typical wine-making and let’s not forget, the wine-tasting! In proximity to Verona, within the Veneto Region, there are other cities of international importance: Padua, home to one of the earliest universities in the world and also home to the beautiful Scrovegni Chapel, which contains Giotto’s finest cycle of frescoes. Then there is Venice, the jewel of Italy and now a World Heritage Site in its entirety, renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. Nearby Verona, there is the stunning Garda Lake and the beautiful Italian Alps, which are snowcapped all winter and a popular year-round destination for skiing, trekking, rock-climbing, paragliding and mountain bike enthusiasts.

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We look forward to seeing you here in June 2016 for an enlightening and rewarding conference in our beautiful city!

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Fabio Fiorani

Project Leader, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Bio: Fabio studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy and received his Ph.D in plant eco-physiology from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. He then continued his post-doctoral studies at Duke University, Durham NC, USA and at Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Ghent, Belgium thanks to a Marie Curie fellowship. After an experience in the biotechnology sector at BASF Plant Sciences, Cropdesign, Ghent, Belgium, he moved to Forschungszentrum Jülich, Plant Sciences, Germany, and became group leader of the Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center. He is currently principal investigator for national projects focusing on the development of novel plant phenotyping research infrastructure (German Plant Phenotyping Network – DPPN) and participated in international programs providing access to this infrastructure (European Plant Phenotyping Network – EPPN), both coordinated at Plant Sciences, Jülich. Throughout his career he focused on quantitative analyses of plant growth and resource allocation in response to growth-limiting abiotic factors and the development of non-invasive methodologies for application in plant physiology.

Ignacio Buesa

PhD student, IVIA

Bio: Previous work experience in fruit trees irrigation consulting and in precision agriculture. Nowadays all my efforts are focused on my PhD writing about techniques for climate change effects mitigation on the mediterranean viticulture. Mainly by regulated deficit irrigation, late leaf removal and pruning, as well as by different canopy architecture systems.

Jim Giovannoni

Adjunct Professor, Cornell University

Bio: The research focus in the Giovannoni laboratory revolves around regulation of fleshy fruit ripening. Activities are centred on understanding early events in the regulation of the ripening transition using tomato as a model, and exploring the conservation of ripening mechanisms in additional fruit species through collaborations. The la b deploys a combination of molecular, genetic, genomics and epigenome approaches to understand ripening and related shelf-life and nutrient quality characteristics. Current activities ar e focused on defining the network of transcription factors that regulate ripening and addressing how they interact with the fruit epigenome. Jim received his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry at the University of California, Davis (1985) and a Ph.D. in Molecular and Physiological Plant Biology at the University of California, Berkeley (1990). He undertook postdoctoral research with Steven Tanksley at Cornell University (1990-1992) and joined the faculty of the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University (1992 – 2000). Jim is currently employed by the US Department of Agriculture and his laboratory is located in the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research on the Cornell University campus. He is a Professor at the Boyce Thompson Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Section of P lant Biology at Cornell University.

Doreen Ware

USDA ARS Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory USA

Bio: Doreen Ware earned her BA in Biochemistry at University of California San Diego and a Ph.D in Plant biology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Ware did her Postdoctoral work at Cold Spring Harbor in computational biology in the Dr. Lincoln Stein¹s lab and joined ARS in 2003. Her research focuses on leveraging computational, genomic and systems approaches to understand genetic architecture of complex traits in plants. Over the last several years the Ware laboratory has contributed to collaborative projects to support reference assemblies, annotations, and characterize genetic variation for in plant genomes, as well as the development of several infrastructure platforms to support data integration and analyses. Dr. Ware has received NSF and USDA NAA young investigators awards and is Chief Scientific Information officer for USDA, Agricultural Research Service.

Giambattista Tornielli

University of Verona

Bio: Giovanni Battista received his Master’s degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Padova in Italy, studying the molecular events associated with peach fruit ripening. In the same university he took up a PhD focusing on the analysis of metabolite and gene expression changes occurring in grape berry during ripening and postharvest dehydration. He then undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Verona exploiting forward and reverse genetic approaches for gene functional studies in the Petunia hybrida plant system. In 2002, he took a research position at the same university. Three years later Giamba moved to the Department of Developmental Genetics of the Vrie University of Amsterdam for a 24-month fellowship to study the regulatory network controlling anthocyanin accumulation and vacuolar acidification in Petunia hybrida. He then returned to Verona University where he has been investigating several aspects of grapevine berry physiology and molecular biology. Giamba’s main lines of research include the functional analysis of phenylpropanoid pathway regulators, the large scale analysis of gene expression in grapevine under different field conditions, and the study of the physical, chemical and transcriptional changes in grapes during the postharvest dehydration process.


Geisenheim University

Bio: Hans Schultz grew up in the Moselle-Valley, Germany, where his parents owned a small family operated vineyard and winery. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in viticulture and enology from Geisenheim, Germany in 1983 and a Master of Science in Horticulture/Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis (UCD), USA, in 1986. He continued to work on a Ph.D. in crop science in Geisenheim and Davis which he completed in 1989. He moved on to work on post-doctoral projects at UCD, before joining a European research project at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique (today SupAgro) in Montpellier, France in 1993. In 1995 he was appointed section head of the viticulture department at the Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim (Geisenheim Research Center, GRC), and professor of viticulture at the Fachhochschule Wiesbaden/Geisenheim, Germany. He was appointed director of the GRC in April 2009 and president of the newly formed Geisenheim University in 2013.

Luis Herrera


Bio: Dr. Luis Herrera Estrella, a pioneer and leading expert on genetic engineering, received a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology from the State University of Ghent, Belgium, where he also conducted postgraduate research. His current research is focused on the study of molecular mechanisms that regulate development of plant roots in response to environmental factors and in the field of functional genomics of several endemic species of Mexico. He is a Howard Hughes Distinguished Fellow, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Herrera has received the Distinguished Graduate Research Award by the New York Academy of Sciences, Javed Husain award by UNESCO, Gold Medal by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), etc. Dr. Herrera Estrella has graduated many students under his direction, such as: 17 BSc, 13 MSc, and 34 PhD. His research has generated 5 patents and more than 200 publications in international journals and books which have received more than 8,500 citations. He recently created the company called StelaGenomics, which is dedicated to the development of genetically modified crops designed to reduce the use of fertilizers and agrochemicals in agriculture. In 2015 Dr. Herrera Estrella was elected Honorary Professor by Nanjing Agricultural University and the Magazine of Science “Scientific American” elected him as one of the 100 most influential people in biotechnology. Currently, he is the Director and Full Professor of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity.

Alejandra Serrano

Post-doctoral Researcher, Pontificia Universidad catolica de chile

Amanda Vondras

PhD Candidate, Oregon State University


Professor, Università di Verona Italy

Chandra Richter

Senior Scientist, E & J Gallo Winery

Claudio Bonghi

ricercatore, University of Padova


Associate Professor, University of Chile

Dario Cantu

Associate Professor , University of California-Davis USA

Elizabeth Demmings

Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell University

Eric Gomes

Enseignant-chercheur, Université de bordeaux


Professor, University of Tuscia Italy

Gabriella De Lorenzis

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Milan

Hipòlito MEDRANO

Catedrático de Fisiología Vegetal, Universitat de les Illes Balears

John Paul MOORE

Principal Investigator (Senior Researcher), Stellenbosch University

Jose Carlos Herrera

Post-doc, University of Udine

José Tomás Matus

Postdoc Researcher in Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Centre de Recerca en Agrigenomica


Professor of plant genetics & biology, UMR DAAV Montpellier SupAgro France

Leigh Schmidtke

Senior Lecturer Wine Microbiology and Production, Charles Sturt University

Luis Sanchez

Principal Research Scientist, E&J Gallo Winery

Mara Miculan

Research Fellow, IGA-Istituto Di Genomica Applicata

Amnon Lichter

Volcani Research Center Israel

Annette Nassuth

University Of Guelph

Arianna Lovato

Università di Verona Italy

A Forneck

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Austria

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