Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance VII (February 2024)

Welcome to the 7th International Conference on “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance”!

Abiotic stresses, defined as the negative impact of non-living factors on the living organisms in a specific environment are the primary causes of crop loss worldwide. Abiotic stresses include high and low temperatures, salinity, drought, flooding, heavy metal stress and many other environmental factors. Plant tolerance to these stresses is dependent on the molecular networks involved in stress perception, signaling, and the expression of specific stress-related genes and metabolites.

The 7th International Conference “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance” to be held on February 7-8, 2024, in Vienna, Austria will discuss the most recent advances in understanding and combating plant abiotic stress and tolerance mechanisms and to define new frontiers in this field.

This two-day event will provide leading academy and industry scientists a platform to communicate recent advances in “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance”, and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaboration.

The 7th International Conference on “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance” will cover the following research topics:

  • Plant Response to Cold & Heat Stress
  • Plant Response to Temperature & Drought
  • Plant Response to Salt & Osmotic Stress
  • Plant Response to Nutrient Stress & Heavy Metals
  • Plant Response to Oxidative- and Flooding Stress
  • Plant Abiotic Stress Signaling
  • Breeding & Engineering of Abiotic Stress Tolerance

Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend this exciting scientific forum including almost 30 lectures delivered by worldwide known invited speakers and young, talented speakers selected from submitted abstracts. The program combines plenary lectures, poster sessions, a unique Conference Dinner Party and sightseeing tours of Vienna.

Prof. Alisher Touraev (VISCEA, Austria, Local Organizer)

7th International Conference “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance VI”


(February 7-8, 2024)


Technische Universität Wien, Campus Gusshaus, Gusshausstrasse 25-29, 1040 Wien, Austria


February 7 (Wednesday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
08.50 – 09.00 Opening
Welcome address by Alisher Touraev (Local Chair, Austria)
09.00 – 10.30: Session I: Plant Response to Drought Stress
Chairs Chee How Teo (Malaysia); Radia Lourkisti (France)
09.00 – 09.20 (+5) Chee How Teo (Malaysia): Elucidating the roles of small open reading frames (sORFs) from Oryza sativa subsp. indica in response to drought stress
09.25 – 09.45 (+5) Radia Lourkisti (France): Polyploidy influence on water deficit tolerance in citrus genotypes
09.50 – 10.05 (+5) Nevena Opacic (Croatia): Leveraging Water Stress for Premium Plant Quality
10.10 – 10.25 (+5) Sonia Coves Mora (Spain): Investigating the role of NAD-ME1 and NAD-ME2 genes in Arabidopsis plants under drought stress
10.30 -11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30: Session II: Plant Response to Salinity and Osmotic Stress
Michael Wrzacek (Czech Republic); Kurk Wei Yang (Malaysia)
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Michael Wrzacek (Czech Republic): Cysteine-rich receptor like kinases and their roles in abiotic stress responses
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Kurk Wei Yang (Malaysia): Deciphering the transcriptional landscape of small open reading frames in salinity-stressed Musa acuminata cvs. Mas and Berangan by comparative RNA sequencing
11.50 – 12.05 (+5) Qingwen Ren (China): Transcriptomic analysis of lineage-specific genes from Musa species in response to various abiotic stresses
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Liva Purmale (Latvia): Exploring response of three coastal plant species (Armeria maritima, Mertensia maritima, Artemisia maritima) to increased salinity through plant tissue culture approach
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers), Conference Photo
14.00 – 15.35 Session III: Plant Response to ROS and Oxidative Stress
Chairs Francisco J Corpas (Spain); Andreas Bachmair (Austria)
14.00 – 14.30 (+5) Francisco J Corpas (Spain): Nitric Oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in higher plants
14.35 – 15.05 (+5) Andreas Bachmair (Austria): SUMO chain formation: Enzymes and substrates in plants
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) Ena Dumančić (Croatia): Confocal laser scanning microscopy of ROS in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. TROL-FNR mutants under drought conditions
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 – 17.45 Session IV: “OMICS” & Breeding of Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Chairs László Szabados (Hungary); Norhafizah Binti Sidek (Malaysia)
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) László Szabados (Hungary): Small paraquat resistance proteins (SPQ) modulate paraquat, ABA and drought responses in Arabidopsis 
16.25 – 16.40 (+5) Norhafizah Binti Sidek (Malaysia): De novo transcriptome assembly and analysis of differentially expressed genes in Pandanus amaryllifolius leaves under drought
16.45 – 17.00 (+5) Ng Wei Quan (Malaysia): Identification and characterisation of small open reading frames (sORFs) in drought-stressed Solanum lycopersicum cvs. MT1 and Superstar using RNA sequencing
17.05 – 17.20 (+5) Valentino Giarola (The Netherlands): A rapid, transgene-free approach to create CRISPR-edited plants
17.25 – 17.40 (+5) Meenakshi Kanwar (India): Unveiling the Mysteries of Pea HSFs: Unorthodox Activations, Evolutionary Insights, and Expression Analysis
17.45 – 18.00 Poster Session (all numbers) + Welcome Reception
18.30 – 22.00 Conference Dinner Party

-Traditional Austrian food and wine, located in one of Vienna’s famous ‘Heurigen’
-Cost: 50, – EUR

February 8 (Thursday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session V: Plant Response Nutrition and Heavy Metal Stress
Chairs Paco Romero (Spain); Mahboubeh Davoudi Pahnekolayi (Austria)
09.00 – 09.20 (+5) Paco Romero (Spain): Genome-wide molecular responses of tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum) exposed to Cu deficiency stress during cultivation
09.20 – 09.40 (+5) Mahboubeh Davoudi Pahnekolayi (Austria): Importance of plant autophagy in resistance to calcium deficient stress
09.45 – 10.05 (+5) Raúl Sampedro (Spain): Organ-specific transcriptome profiling of tomato in response to Cu deficient stress
10.10 – 10.25 (+5) Karolina Wleklik (Poland): Potential involvement of lipases in sugar starvation-induced autophagy in embryonic axes of lupin (Lupinus spp.) germinating seeds
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Session VI: Plant Abiotic Stress Signaling
Chairs Rosa M. Rivero (Spain); Luca Boldrini (Belgium)
11.00 – 11.25 (+5) Rosa M. Rivero (Spain): Challenging Environments for Plant Survival: Understanding Plant Responses Under Abiotic Stress Combinations
11.30 – 11.50 (+5) Luca Boldrini (Belgium): Ecologically relevant radionuclide exposure in Lemna minor: decoding abiotic stress responses through the lens of epigenetics
11.55 – 12.10 (+5) Juhi Kumari (Czech Republic): Characterization of ARM, a telomerase interactor protein in plant stress responses
12.15 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 14.45 Session VII: Plant Response to Cold & Heat Stresses
Chairs Sylva Prerostova (Czech Republic); Jana Jarošová (Czech Republic)
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Sylva Prerostova (Czech Republic): Cytokinins enhance rice tolerance to heat stress similar to acclimation
14.25 – 14.40 (+5) Jana Jarošová (Czech Republic): Hormonal, transcriptomic and proteomic responses of rice to organ-targeted cold stress
14.45 – 15.30 Coffee Break, Closing Ceremony


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