2nd Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2012 to Friday, September 28, 2012
Annual Meeting

"Plant Natural Products - From Science to Bioproducts"

Local Organizer: Carmen Socaciu

Now open for abstract submission. Please refer to the local website for details on registration

Preliminary Program:

Wednesday, 26th





Welcome reception


Thursday, 27th



Registration and poster setup (Hall, Institute of Life Sciences)


Welcome address



Current state of COST Action FA1006 - PlantEnigne

Heribert Warzecha


SESSION 1: “Application of PNPs”

Bluemarine amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences

Session Chair: Carmen Socaciu

9:15 – 10:00

Engineering phenylpropanoid production for healthier tomatoes

Cathie Martin


Natural polymer-based microcapsules containing plant Natural products (PNPs) : gelling technology, coating and applications

Carmen Socaciu


Cytotoxic effects of indole alkaloids and trans-resveratrol obtained from elicited plant cell cultures on human acute leukemia cell lines

Roque Bru

10:40 – 11:00

Enhanced biosynthesis of antitumoral abietanic diterpenes by MEP isoprenoid precursor pathway engineering in Salvia sclarea hairy roots

Antonella Leone

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break


SESSION 2: “Novel  technologies and targets

Bluemarine amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences

Session Chair: Oliver Kayser


Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NADES)

Rob Verpoorte

12:15 – 12:35

Saffron as a colourful and sweet metabolic tool

Lourdes  Gomez-Gomez

12:40 – 13:00

Enhancement of anthocyanins and additional phenolic secondary metabolites

Michal Oren-Shamir


Lunch and Posters

14:30 – 14:50

Metabolic engineering in the frame of SmartCell

Heiko Rischer

14:50 – 15:35

Terpenoid indole alkaloid pathway elucidation and engineering in Catharanthus roseus

Johann Memelink

15:35 – 16:05

GoldenBraid 2.0: A comprehensive toolkit for modular DNA assembly in Plant Metabolic Engineering.

Diego Orzaez

16:05 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30

General discussion – How to use COST to introduce novel technologies?


17:30 – 19:00

Poster session

19:00 – 22:30

Wine tasting  evening (University Pub)




Friday, 28th


SESSION 3: “Biocatalysis”

Bluemarine amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences

Session Chair: Ludger Wessjohann

09:00 – 9:20

Facile and regioselective methylation of aromatic compounds by


Anne-Katrin Bauer

9:20 – 9:40

AtCPT6 – a novel cis-prenyltransferase from Arabidopsis thaliana involved in medium-chain polyisoprenoid synthesis

Ewa Swiezewska

9:40 – 10:00

Phylogenetic reconstruction of Family 1 UDP-glycosyltransferases: towards a better functional prediction and potential applications

Stefan Martens


Presentations of STSM candidates


10:00 – 10:15

Expression and metabolic analysis of the early terpenoid genes involved in the Terpenoid Indole Alkaloid (TIA) pathway in transgenic tobacco plants

Bruna Miralpeix

10:15 – 10:30

Native carotenoids, tocopherols and chlorophyll derivatives in raspberries: evolution during ripening and composition in ripe fruits of different varieties

Elisabete Carvalho

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 13:30

SESSION 4 „New members and activities”: Bluemarine amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences

Session Chair: Heribert Warzecha

11:00 – 11:40

New NON COST members presentations 

Cara Mortimer

11:40 – 12:10

Report from the Training School on metabolomics in London

Marit Almvik

12:10 – 12:40

Report from the WG1 meeting,  Challenges in data handling and interpretation ”

Heribert Warzecha

12:40 – 13:30

Discussion: further development of PlantEngine


13:30- 15:00

Lunch and posters




15:00 – 18:00

Management Committee meeting

Bluemarine Amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences





Farewell diner




Sat. 29th. There will be an excursion through Transilvania. Please contact the local organizer for details






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