WOTZ 2016

Keynote Speakers

Taryn Bauerle

Taryn Bauerle

Taryn Bauerle is an Associate Professor of Root Biology in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Bauerle received her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University where she specialized in Root Physiological Ecology. Currently she is engaged in an exciting area of research – studying woody plant physiology and associated belowground dynamics from the cell to the whole plant. More specifically, her research focuses on plant responses to heightened fluctuations of environmental stresses and their predicted increased frequency. Her basic research has attracted the mutual interest of academia and industry due to the nature of its applicability and focus on pertinent issues, such as limited plant water supply and fine root responses to herbivore pressures. Dr. Bauerle is an Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow and has been recognized for her teaching and mentoring.

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ValeriaBianciotto

Valeria Bianciotto

Valeria Bianciotto is currently a Senior Researcher Scientist at the Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP) of CNR. She leads a research team that analyses soil fungal communities and their potential for use as biofertilizers and biostimulants of plants. Her interest, in the past, has been focused on the study of the biology of the symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. She investigated the genome size and the cell cycle of the AM fungi for her Ph.D studies in “Fungal Biology and Biotechnology” at the University of Turin. Her research in the last decade has focused on the study of a population of bacteria (Candidatus Glomeribacter gigasporarum) living inside the cytoplasm of these fungi. She was also involved in the effort to sequence their genome.

More recently she has undertaken the study of the biodiversity of soil fungi in natural and agricultural ecosystems using a metagenomic approach. All these research efforts were developed within the framework of national and international projects (ENDURE, Tech4wine CIPE, Biobits CIPE, Soilsink FISR, ECOFINDERS, PURE, FIORIBIO I and II, IIMPACT I and II).

In recent years she has also investigated the biotechnological potentials of mycorrhizal inoculants for use as plant biofertilizers in agriculture and in floriculture. This research has been developed in collaboration with the DISAFA Department of the Turin University and the Faculty of Life and Environmental Science, Shimane University of Japan within the framework of national and international projects (AGRIBIOCAM, ECOFLOR, CAMJAPAN, ForESTflowers -IRSES).

Dr. Bianciotto belongs to the Editorial Board of the International Journal ‘Applied and Environmental Microbiology’ of the American Society of Microbiology and she is referee for several international Journals. Since 1999 she has been a contract Professor in the Plant Biology Department at Turin University where she is also a member of the Doctoral School (Ph.D.) of Sciences and Innovative Technologies. During her scientific career she has published approximately 70 articles and chapters in international journals and books. She has given invited presentations at congresses of Mycology, Microbiology, Biotechnology and at a Gordon Research Conference.

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Dewayne Ingram

Dewayne Ingram

Dewayne Ingram, Ph.D. is a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky with extension, research and teaching responsibilities in sustainable production systems with an emphasis in nursery crops. He teaches Nursery and Floriculture Crop Production. Dr. Ingram obtained his Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Tennessee in 1977. He was a Professor of Environmental Horticulture (Nursery Crops) at the University of Florida from 1977-1990 and was the Chair of the Horticulture Department at the University of Kentucky from 1990 to 2009. Dr. Ingram is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Horticultural Science. He has also received the Nursery Extension Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association in 1988 and the Porter Henegar Award for Outstanding Research from the Southern Nursery Association in 1986.

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JohanVanHuylenbroeck

Johan Van Huylenbroeck

Johan Van Huylenbroeck is the Scientific Director of the Applied Genetics and Breeding group within the Plant Sciences Unit at the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Melle (Belgium).

In 1989 Johan graduated as an agricultural engineer with a specialization in horticulture from Ghent University. For the next eight years he worked at Ghent University as a research assistant. In this period he obtained his PhD degree in plant physiology. In 1997 he moved to the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) to take a position as a plant breeder. In addition to practical breeding, he also coordinated numerous research projects involving ornamental plants. Since 2006 he has served as the leader of the Applied Breeding and Genetics group at ILVO in Melle. The Applied Breeding and Genetics group is a team of 20 researchers and 30 technical staff members. Their research focuses mainly on the development of efficient hybridization and selection strategies; the creation of cultivars for sustainable agriculture and horticulture; the use of DNA marker assisted breeding techniques for quantitative and qualitative traits; and, marker-based analysis of genetic diversity and identity. In close collaboration with the industry they conduct breeding programs in azalea, outdoor roses and other woody ornamentals. Specific breeding goals for woody ornamentals include disease resistance, enlargement of the existing diversity via interspecific hybridization and compact growing plants.

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