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Understanding and managing biotic and abiotic stresses of horticultural crops

29 March 2022 - 30 March 2022

Horticultural crops are facing unprecedented challenges in the face of global warming and climate change. As weather becomes more extreme and unpredictable in future decades, growers will need access to crops capable of withstanding periods of severe environmental and biological stress.

The understanding of plant abiotic and biotic responses on the molecular and genetic level is of paramount importance for developing climate tolerant crops of the future. This encompasses the elucidation of molecular networks associated with stress sensing, signalling and resistance. Through exploration of genetic diversity and utilisation of new genome editing techniques, new avenues for the development of climate and pest tolerant crops can be explored.

This is a call for all researchers involved in the fields of abiotic and biotic stress of horticultural crops.

Sessions will cover: physiological responses to climate change, exploring genetic diversity and new breeding strategies, stress sensing and signalling mechanisms, plant immunity, pest and disease tolerance, secondary metabolism and nutritional responses to climate change, and postharvest stresses.

The lead scientific organiser is Dr Luke Bell at the University of Reading who is part of the Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement specialist group.

Early in 2022 we will invite submitted abstracts for both Oral and Poster Presentations.


29 March 2022
30 March 2022


Geraint Parry


University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH United Kingdom
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