Winter landscape with creek in front

Welcome to the 3rd INUPRAG symposium on February 21-23, 2023, at Hotel Mimer in Umeå! Our focus will be on Integrative Plant Biology.

Sustainable production of biomass and high-quality food as well as raw materials are one of today’s major challenges of agriculture and forestry. To achieve this goal while maintaining natural resources and biodiversity, plant developmental and physiological processes from the cellular up to ecosystem levels need to be better understood. This symposium will gather a multidisciplinary group of plant scientists from three main European research institutes (UPSC, INRAE and CRAG) for exchanging ideas and developing new collaborations. 

Around 40 speakers from the INUPRAG cooperation will present their most recent work and future projects. Our goal is to promote extensive discussions and exchange of ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere to facilitate networking and new collaborations.

Join us in Umeå and enjoy the amazing Northern Swedish winter!

The Symposium will be held at Elite Hotel Mimer in downtown Umeå.

Please note that we will charge every participant who is not an invited speaker a minor fee of about 800SEK as contribution to cover the costs for the meeting (the amount might be less depending on the final budget of the symposium which is not finalized yet).

The registration is closed.

Abstract book for download:
pdfINUPRAG 2023 abstract book.pdf


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Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE):

Division of Plant Biology and Breeding (BAP)

Division of Ecology and Biodiversity (ECODIV):

Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC)


Day 1 - Tuesday, 21st of February 2023

9.00: Registration at Hotel Mimer

9.30: Welcome and introduction
Catherine Bellini (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRAe and Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå University)

9.40: Presentation of UPSC
Ove Nilsson (Director of Umeå Plant Science Centre, Professor at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Session 1: Plant cell wall properties and dynamics

Chairperson: Maria Kidwai (Postdoc in Catherine Bellini's group)

9.50: 4DWalls: understanding dynamism of plant cell wall
Laura Bacete (UPSC, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden)

10.10: Coffee break

10.40: New model of plant growth and cell wall synthesis brought to light by optical nanoscop
Kalina Haas (IJPB, INRAe, Versailles, France)

11.00: Mechanics and dynamics of cell-cell adhesion in plants
Stéphane Verger (UPSC, Umeå University, Umeå Sweden)

11.20: The suberinteresting rol of GELP proteins
Robertas Ursache (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

11.40: Horizon Europe – discussion (chaired by CRAG)

12.10: Lunch

Session 2: Epigenetic regulation – transcription regulation

Chairpersons: Mishaneh Asgari & Shiv Kumar (Postdocs in Peter Kindgren’s group)

13.30: Concerted action of miRNA targets enables defense reprogramming upon pathogen-induced RNA silencing suppression
Ignacio Rubio-Somoza (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

13.50: The role of antisense transcription in plants
Peter Kindgren (UPSC, SLU, Umeå, Sweden)

14.10: Argonaute shuttling processes in plants
Nicolas Bologna (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

14.30: Epigenetics, plasticity, and adaptation in forest trees
Stéphane Maury (LBLGC, INRAe, Orléans University, Orléans, France)

14.50: Unexpected NGATHA genes in gymnosperms
Soraya Pelaz (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

15.10: Coffee break

15.30: Poster session

Session 3: Population Genetics

Chairperson: Maximiliano Estravis Barcala (Postdoc in Harry Wu’s group)

16.10: Landscape Breeding: Catching up with climate cline
Rosario García-Gil (UPSC, SLU, Umeå, Sweden)

16.30: Demography and Genetic Diversity analysis of Almond germplasm
Sebastián Ramos-Onsins (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

16.50: Between and within species diversity of water use efficiencey for Quercus petra and Quercus robur: at the crossroad of ecology, ecophysiology and genetics
Olivier Brendel (UMR Silva, INRAe, Nancy, France)

17.10: Isolating adaptive variation from natural forest trees
Kelly Swarts (UPSC, SLU, Umeå, Sweden)

Dinner self-organised

Day 2 - Wednesday, 22nd of February 2023

Session 4: Omics approaches to decipher plant development and adaptation

Chairperson: Eduardo Rodriguez Soldado (PhD student in Nathaniel Street’s group)

9.00: A systems genetics approach to identifying genes in the biosynthesis pathway of salicinoid phenolic glycosides in Populus tremula
Nathaniel Street (UPSC, UmU, Umeå, Sweden)

9.20: Phenotypic prediction using multiomics in black poplar
Leopoldo Sanchez-Rodriguez (INRAe, Orléans, France)

9.40: Using multi-omics to study of bud dormancy in apple tree
Fernando Andrés (UMR AGAP, INRAe, Montpellier, France)

10.00: Coffee break

10.30: Characterisation of the Arabidopsis peptidome and its role in flower development
José Luis Reichmann (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

10.50: Recruitment of pre-existing translational networks during the evolution of C4 photosynthesis
Ivan Reyna Llorens (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

Session 5: Plant nutrition

Chairperson: Barbora Parizkova (Postdoc in Karin Ljung’s group)

11.10: Dissecting the components of root water transport
Yann Boursiac (IPSIM, INRAe, Montpellier, France)

11.30: Deciphering the link between sugar transport and vascular system development: a SWEET story
Rozenn Le Hir (IJPB, INRAe, Versailles, France)

11.50: Iron nutrition in plants: towards a new paradigme
Christian Dubos (IPSIM, INRAe, Montpellier, France)

12:10: Group photo

12.30: Lunch

Free afternoon with time for networking discussions and to visit UPSC

Day 3 - Thursday, 23rd of February 2023

Session 6: Development and Signaling

Chairperson: Manvi Sharma (Postdoc in Petra Marhava’s group)

9.00: Convergence of light and chloroplast signalling in the regulation of plant development: A new player in town
Elena Monte (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

9.20: Autophagy and chloroplast degradation
Céline Masclaux-Daubresse (IJPB, INRAe, Versailles, France)

9.40: SUMO modulates senescence through the control of the ethylene signaling pathway in Arabidodpis
Maria Lois (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

10.00: The phosphoinositide signature guides the final step of plant cytokinesis
Marie-Cécile Caillaud (RDP, INRAe, Lyon, France)

10.20: Coffee break

10.50: Potato SP6A tuber induction correlates with enhanced cambial activity
Salomé Prat (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

Session 7: Response to mechanical stress

Chairperson: Shahzad Anjam (Postdoc in Peter Marhavý’s group)

11.10: Root growth against mechanical obstacle: the early growth response of a maize root facing an axial resistance agrees with the Lockhart model
Marie-Béatrice Bogeat-Triboulot (UMR IAM, INRAe, Université de Loraine, Nancy, France)

11.30: How wounded plants coordinate their healing and immune responses
Peter Marhavý (UPSC, SLU, Umeå, Sweden)

11.50: The primary eATP receptor P2K1 mediates responses to the impedance of the growth medium in Arabidopsis roots.
Valérie Legué (UMR PIAF, INRAe, Université Clermont Auvergne, France)

12.10: Lunch

13.30: Future of INUPRAG – How to enhance and stimulate networking (round table discussion)

Session 8: Adaptation to abiotic stress

Chairperson: Nabila El Arbi (PhD student in Markus Schmid’s group)

14.00: Phenotypic plasticity and genetic variation underlying the response to the elevation of CO2 in A. thaliana
Antoine Martin (UMR IPSIM, INRAe, Montpellier, France)

14.20: Using the power of genetic screens to investigate plant photoprotection
Alizée Malnoë (UPSC, UmU, Umeå, Sweden)

14.40: Development of Chlamydomonas as a bioengineering platform
Jae-Song Yang (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)

15.00: Coffee break

15.20: Poster session

Session 9: Beneficial interactions

Chairperson: Justine Colou (Postdoc in Torgny Näsholm’s group)

16.20: Do SSPs regulate ectomycorhizal symbiosis in response to biotic and abiotic nutrient signal in trees?
Clémence Bonnot (UMR IAM, INRAe, Université de Loraine, Nancy, France)

16.40: Root exudate simulation using microdialysis
Sandra Jämtgård (Department of Forest Ecology and Management, UPSC, SLU, Umeå, Sweden)

17.00: From the study of fungal symbiotic effectors towards a central role of root terpenes for tree-microbes relationships
Claire Veneault-Fourrey (UMR IAM, INRAe, Université de Loraine, Nancy, France)

17.20: Conclusion and announcement of the poster prize winner

18:00 Conference dinner

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Scientific committee:

  • Catherine Bellini, Professor, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University and Senior Scientist INRAE 
  • Olivier Keech, Associate Professor, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University  
  • Rozenn Le-Hir, INRAE Research Scientist, Division of Plant Biology and Breeding (BAP)
  • Maria Lois, Director of Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), CSIC Scientist
  • Claire Veneauld-Fourrey, INRAE Research Director, Division of Ecology and Biodiversity (ECODIV)

Local organisers:

  • Catherine Bellini, Professor, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University and Senior Scientist INRAE
  • Olivier Keech, Associate Professor, UPSC, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
  • Anne Honsel, UPSC Communications Officer, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Maria Nordström-Israelsson, UPSC Research Coordinator, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

For practical questions, please contact:

Anne Honsel
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phone: +46 (0)70 285 6657

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