Plant Cells & Tissues in Vitro III

Welcome to the 3rd International Conference on “Plant Cells & Tissues In Vitro”!

Plant cell, cultured in vitro, are able to regenerate into the complete fertile plants under the appropriate culture and environment conditions, e.g. plant cells are totipotent. Currently, the technology is not only the great tool in basic research, such as cell biology, genetics, biochemistry and biotechnology, but has also the direct commercial importance in the mass propagation, production of doubled haploids, secondary metabolites, genetic transformation, etc.

The 3rd International Conference on “Plant Cells & Tissues In Vitro” to be held on July 1-2, 2019, in Vienna, Austria will discuss wide range of modern in vitro plant cell and organ culture technologies, fundamental aspects of plant cell totipotency, differentiation, regeneration, embryogenesis, and practical applications of in vitro technologies for crop improvement.

Vienna is located in the heart of Europe on the banks of the Danube River, and considered as one of the most important economic, cultural and touristic large cities of central Europe. Apart from providing top science, the Conference will capture the spirit of the city thanks to the central location of the venue offering a multitude of cultural events.

This two-days event will provide leading academy and industry scientists a platform to communicate recent advances in “Plant Cells & Tissues In Vitro”, and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaboration.

The 3rd International Conference on “Plant Cells & Tissues In Vitro” will cover the following research topics:

  • Plant Cell Totipotency & Differentiation
  • Plant Cell Organogenesis Morphogenesis & Regeneration
  • Somatic Embryogenesis
  • Anther/Microspore Cultures (Androgenesis)
  • Ovary/Ovule Cultures (Gynogenesis)
  • Plant Cell Suspensions
  • Plant Cell Bioreactors
  • Protoplasts
  • Micropropagation
  • In vitro fertilization
  • Plant Transformation

Approximately 350 participants are expected to attend this exciting scientific forum including almost 40 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)

Akira Iwase

José Manuel Pérez-Pérez

Stefan Schillberg

3rd International Conference on “Plant Cells & Tissue in Vitro”

(July 1 – 2)

July 1 (Monday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.20 Opening
Welcome address by Alisher Touraev (Local Organizer, Austria)
09.20 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture:

Klaus Palme (Germany): System Biology in Plant Cell Totipotency

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30: Session I: Plant Cell Dedifferentiation & Totipotency
Chairs Hongwu Bian (China) & Lin Xu (China)
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Hongwu Bian (China): Callus Initiation from Root Explants Employs Different Strategies in Rice and Arabidopsis
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Lin Xu (China): Molecular Mechanism and Evolutionary Route of Plant Regenerative Abilities
11.50 – 12.05 (+5) Leor Eshed Williams (Israel): The Molecular Mechanism Underlining Callus Cells Totipotency
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Natalia Tikhenko (Germany): Modifications of the Program in Embryo Development and Genome Structure of the Wheat-Rye Hybrids from Incompatible Crosses during Zygotic and Somatic Embryogenesis
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session II: Plant Cell Organogenesis & Regeneration
Chairs Akira Iwase (Japan) & José Manuel Pérez-Pérez (Spain)
14.00 – 14.25 (+5) Akira Iwase (Japan): Wound-induced molecular network leading to plant regeneration
14.30 – 14.45 (+5) José Manuel Pérez-Pérez (Spain): Regulation of Hormonal Control, Cell Reprogramming, and Patterning during De Novo Root Organogenesis
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Fahriye Öcal Özdamar (Turkey): In Vitro Investigations of Salt Stress Tolerance by H2O2 Pretreatment in Eggplant Calluses
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) Nikolett Kaszler (Hungary): Polyamines Affected Regeneration Processes in Arabidopsis
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session III: Somatic Embryogenesis
Chairs Klaus Palme (Germany) & Manuel Lopez Vernaza (Ireland)
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) Manuel Lopez Vernaza (Ireland): A Proteomic Approach to Investigate Somatic Embryogenesis in Triticum Aestivum L. (Wheat) Variety Fielder
16.25 – 16.45 (+5) Václav Motyka (Czech Republic): The Hormonome of in Vitro Developing Norway Spruce Somatic Embryos


16.50 – 17.05 (+5) Charlotte Siemons (Netherlands): The Interplay Between Stress and Auxin during in Vitro Embryogenesis
17.10 – 17.25 (+5) Varvara Tvorogova (Russia): New Regulators of Somatic Embryogenesis in Medicago Truncatula


17.30 – 19.00 Welcome Reception + Poster Session (all numbers)
19.00 – 22.00 Conference Dinner Party
Traditional Austrian food and wine, located in one of Vienna’s famous ‘Heurigen’
Cost: 50,- EUR

July 2 (Tuesday)

08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session IV: Haploids & Doubled Haploids
Chairs Pilar Testillano (Spain) & Agnieszka Kiełkowska (Poland)
09.00 – 09.20 (+5) Pilar Testillano (Spain): Microspore Embryogenesis: Targeting the Determinant Factors of Stress-Induced Cell Reprogramming and Totipotency to Improve DH Production in Crop and Forest Species
09.25 – 09.45 (+5) Agnieszka Kiełkowska (Poland): Haploidization in carrot (Daucus carota L.) induced by wide pollination and ovule excision in vitro
09.50 – 10.05 (+5) Csaba Lantos (Hungary): Induced Androgenesis in Anther and Isolated Microspore Culture of Spelt Wheat (Triticum Spelta L.)
10.10 – 10.25 (+5) Mehran E. Shariatpanahi (Iran): Improvement of Embryogenesis in Anther Versus Shed Microspore Culture of Rice (Oryza Sativa L.)
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session V: Plant Cell Suspensions/Bioreactors
Chairs Stefan Schillberg (Germany) & Elena Carneros García (Spain)
11.00 – 11.25 (+5) Stefan Schillberg (Germany): Plant Suspension Cultures for Industrial Applications
11.30 – 11.45 (+5) Elena Carneros García (Spain): DNA Demethylation by 5-Azacytidine Promotes Proliferation of Somatic Embryos in Cork Oak
11.50 – 12.05 (+5) Hajer Ben Ghozlen (Belgium): Effect of Auxins on the Production of Cell Suspension Culture of Peanut (Arachis Hypogeae L.)
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Teng Zhang (China): The ‘WAR’ Complex Specifies Arabidopsis Root System Formation
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session VI: Plant Micropropagation I
Chairs Jean Carlos Cardoso (Brazil) & Pedro P. Gallego (Spain)
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Jean Carlos Cardoso (Brazil): Micropropagation in Twenty-First Century: Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Costs
14.25 – 14.45 (+5) Pedro P. Gallego (Spain): Predicting Optimal In Vitro Culture Medium for Pistacia Vera Micropropagation Using Neural Networks Models
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Huayi Li (The Netherlands): The Relation Between Transpiration and Growth in in Vitro Micropropagation, Exemplified in Malus Domestica ‘Gala’ Plantlets
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) Maroura Grira (Belgium): Topolin Cytokinins for Micropropagation of Elite Tropical Timber Wood Tree Species
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session VII: New Technologies & Applications
Chairs Andrew Jones (Canada) & Saurabh Pandey (Germany)
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) Andrew Maxwell Phineas Jones (Canada): Application of 3D Printing to Prototype and Develop Novel Plant Tissue Culture Systems
16.25 – 16.45 (+5) Saurabh Pandey (Germany): High Content Screening (HCS) to Improve Efficiency of Plant Protoplast Regeneration
16.50 – 17.05 (+5) Lena Lachner (Norway): Culturing and Transformation of Parasitic Cuscuta Plants
17.10 – 17.25 (+5) Alvaro Eseverri (Spain): Chloroplast Import of Nuclear-Encoded eGFP Protein in Rice Driven by Several Transit Peptides
17.30 – 17.45 Closing Ceremony &  Conference Photo