Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms V (February 2024)

Welcome to the 5th International Conference on “Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms”!

Despite that the modern crops are mainly intensive, high yield with good resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, in some regions up to 30% yield are lost every year because of diseases or other stresses. Biotic Stress occurs as a result of damage done to plants by other living organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, beneficial and harmful insects, weeds, and cultivated or native plants. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms of resistance to plant biotic stress and plant diseases is one of the hottest areas of modern plant science.

The 5th International Conference “Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms” to be held on February 5-6, 2024, in Vienna, Austria will discuss the most recent advances in understanding and combating plant biotic stress and resistance mechanisms and to define new frontiers in this field.

This two-days event will provide leading academy and industry scientists a platform to communicate recent advances in “Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms”, and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaboration.

The 5th International Conference on “Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms” will cover the following research topics:

  • NLR Structure & Signaling Mechanisms
  • Immune Signaling
  • Endophyte Induced Plant Immunity
  • Immune Signaling and Plant Hormones
  • Role of Effectors in Host Manipulation
  • Translation Research in Plant Immunity
  • Hormones & Signaling in Plant Biotic Stress

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)

Brande Wulff (Saudi Arabia)

Pingtao Ding (The Netherlands)

Špela Baebler (Slovenia)

Anton Schäffner (Germany)

Jürgen Zeier (Germany)

Jordi Gamir (Spain)

Máthé Csaba (Hungary)

Manuel Martinez (Spain)

Martin Černý (Czech Republic)





Brande B. H. Wulff

Position Associate Professor
Work Place King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Research Interest Cereal disease resistance


Anton R. Schäffner
Position Research Group Leader
Work Place Molecular Plant Physiology, Environmental Simulation Unit, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Research Interest Plant defense signaling, plant aquaporins, plant cytoskeleton, Arabidopsis thaliana
Other Info Affiliation with Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


 Csaba Máthé
Position Professor
Work Place University of Debrecen
Research Interest plant cell biology, protein phosphatases, oxidative stress, plant tissue culture
Other Info


Full Name Jordi Gamir Felip
Position Junior Investigator
Work Place Jaume I University
Research Interest Plant innate immunity, DAMPs, Induced resistance, priming
Other Info





 Špela Baebler
Position Senior Research Associate
Work Place National Institute of Biology, Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology
Research Interest Plant-virus interactions, potato, transcriptomics, systems biology
Other Info


Manuel Martinez
Position Professor
Work Place Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Research Interest Defence genes, plant response, arthropod herbivores, biotic and abiotic stresses, comparative genomics, transcriptomics


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zeier
Position Professor
Work Place Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf
Research Interest systemic acquired resistance, plant metabolism


Martin Cerny
Position Assoc. Professor, head of the department
Work Place Mendel University in Brno, Department of Molecular Biology and Radiobiology
Research Interest Plant omics, proteomics, lipidomics, metabolomics; plant interaction with the environment, including abiotic and biotic factors,


Full Name Pingtao Ding
Position Assistant Professor
Work Place Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden University
Research Interest Plant innate immunity, Plant-microbe interactions, Biotic stress resilience, Systemic acquired resistance, Transcriptional regulation, Gene regulatory networks, Chromatin and epigenetics, Plant molecular evolution


 “Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms IV”


February 5-6, 2024

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


February 5 (Monday)
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 Immunity
Chairs Jürgen Zeier (Germany); Anton R. Schäffner (Germany)
09.00 – 09.25 (+5) Jürgen Zeier (Germany):  N-hydroxypipecolic acid – a central regulator of plant systemic acquired resistance and defense priming.
09.30 – 09.55 (+5) Anton R. Schäffner (Germany): The small-molecule glucosyltransferase UGT76B1 provides a common platform to keep defense-stimulating SA and NHP in check.
10.00 – 10.25 (+5) Martin Černý (Czech Republic): Heat Shock Proteins HSP70 and their Role in Integrating Plant-Environment Interactions.
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Session II: Plant Immune Receptors & Signaling
Chairs Pingtao Ding (The Netherlands); Brande Wulff (UK)
11.00 – 11.30 (+5) Pingtao Ding (The Netherlands): From Structure to Evolution: Deciphering the Role of an Oxidoreductase in Systemic Acquired Resistance.
11.35 – 12.05 (+5) Brande Wulff (UK): Harnessing genetic diversity in wheat and its wild relatives for disease resistance
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Jasper Matthys (Belgium): Epigenetic shock: Early alterations in DNA-methylation as part of the plant immune response.
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers), Conference Photo
14.00 – 15.30 Session III: Plant – Microbe Interaction
Chairs Špela Baebler (Slovenia); Aime Jaskolowski (Switzerland)
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Špela Baebler (Slovenia): Unravelling potato-PVY interaction using systems biology approaches.
14.25 – 14.45 (+5) Aime Jaskolowski (Switzerland): Phosphate deficiency enhances susceptibility to Botrytis cinerea in Arabidopsis via induction of the ABA pathway.
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Georgina Calderón Domínguez (Mexico): Phyllophaga ssp damage to jicamas roots during development. Effect on saccharides content.
15.10 – 17.00 Poster Session (all numbers) + Welcome Reception
18.00 – 21.00 Conference Dinner Party

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

February 6 (Tuesday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session IV: Hormones & Signaling in Plant Biotic Stress
Chairs Csaba Máthé (Hungary); Manuel Martinez (Spain)
09.00 – 09.25 (+5) Csaba Máthé (Hungary): Microcystin-LR, a cyanobacterial toxin is inducing biotic stress and serves as a tool in plant cell biology research
09.30 – 09.55 (+5) Manuel Martinez (Spain): Dissecting molecular mechanisms involved in the response of Arabidopsis thaliana to the phytophagous mite Tetranychus urticae
10.00 – 10.20 (+5) Karen De Kock (Belgium): Fennel and other aqueous Apiaceae waste extracts as novel inducers of plant immunity: unravelling their bioactivity, working mechanism and bioactive compounds
10.25 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session V: Genome Editing & Biotechnology of Biotic Stress
Chairs Jordi Gamir (Spain); Carmen Vega Álvarez (Spain)
11.00 – 11.25 (+5) Jordi Gamir (Spain):  Extracellular DNA induces plant resistance against the western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis through callose accumulation.
11.30 – 11.45 (+5) Carmen Vega Álvarez (Spain): Understanding plant defenses through metabolomics: How Brassica oleracea fights Xanthomonas campestris pv. Campestris
11.50 – 13.00 Closing Ceremony + Lunch

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