The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Molecular Biology in Horticulture

Sponsored by the ISHS Commission Molecular Biology and In Vitro Culture.

Photo Dr David Chagné with a SNP chip.

The International Symposium on “Molecular biology in horticulture” will be held in Brisbane, Australia during the International Horticultural Congress 17-22 August 2014 (IHC2014).

The symposia will focus on the molecular, physiological and genetic control of key horticultural characteristics. The symposium will include presentations from invited and selected speakers about the applications of new technologies such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics to develop new insights on horticultural issues and it how this knowledge can be applied to modern plant breeding and crop management.

Oral and poster presentations are invited on the following themes which will form the basis of the four sessions:

  • Molecular, genetic and physiological control of plant interaction with the environment including plant adaptation and plasticity, genotype x environment, drought tolerance
  • Molecular, genetic and physiological control of plant communication including within (e.g. rootstock/scion cultivar) and between plant signaling.
  • Molecular, genetic and physiological control of plant production including fruit set, fruit development, self-(in)compatibility, crop yield, pest & disease resistance
  • Molecular, genetic and physiological control of fruit quality, including postharvest quality, fruit nutritional composition, consumer traits


Dr Rosario Muleo’s research is focused on understanding the genetic regulation of plant development and adaption, and fruit quality with intent to apply in genetic improvement of new varieties and rootstocks. He is a senior scientist in biotechnology, molecular biology and genomics at the Italian Dipartimento di scienze e tecnologie per l’Agricoltura, le Foreste, la Natura e l’Energia of Tuscia University of Tuscia (viterbo). He is the national coordinator of the Italian project on genome sequencing and genetic improvement of olive, and unraveling the regulation of fruit trait and plant adapation, including abiotic stress, plant communication and genetic and epigenetic regulation of changing phase.

Dr David Chagné, is a senior scientist in breeding and genomics at The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North, New Zealand. His research is focused on understanding the genetic control of complex horticultural traits with the intent of improving the breeding efficiency of new varieties. David’s achievements include cataloguing the two million SNPs in the apple genome and elucidating the genetic control of fruit traits, including antioxidant content, red flesh, crispness and aroma.

Keynote Speaker

Dr David Brummell is a senior scientist at Plant & Food Research in New Zealand, specialising in postharvest quality and biotechnology of fruit and vegetables. Before moving to New Zealand he was a Principal Scientist at DNA Plant Technology in California, and a postdoc at UC Davis and McGill University.

Evelyn Mae Tecson-Mendoza is a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines and Professor Emeritus and Scientist III at University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). At UPLB, she headed the Crop Biotechnology Program of the Crop Science Cluster-Institute of Plant Breeding, and was chair of both the BS Agricultural Biotechnology and UPLB Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Program Management Committees. She obtained her BS in Chemistry cum laude (Gold Medalist) from the Mapua Institute of Technology and an MS and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has worked extensively on biochemical aspects of Philippine agricultural and underexploited crops published in more than 100 technical papers in refereed journals. Her present research is focused on developing transgenic papaya with long shelf life and virus resistance and biochemical and molecular studies of mungbean storage proteins and coconut storage and oil body proteins.