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HortStresses 2022: Understanding and managing biotic and abiotic stresses of horticultural crops

March 29 - March 30

Hybrid event hosted at University of Reading, UK
Abstract submission open until January 29th.
Registration opens January 1st.

Horticultural crops are facing unprecedented challenges in the face of global warming and climate change. As weather becomes more extreme and unpredictable in future decades, growers will need access to crops capable of withstanding periods of severe environmental and biological stress.

 The understanding of plant abiotic and biotic responses on the molecular and genetic level is of paramount importance for developing climate tolerant crops of the future. This encompasses the elucidation of molecular networks associated with stress sensing, signalling and resistance. Through exploration of genetic diversity and utilisation of new genome editing techniques, new avenues for the development of climate and pest tolerant crops can be explored.

This is a call for all researchers involved in the fields of abiotic and biotic stress of horticultural crops.

Conference sessions will cover:

  • Physiological responses to climate change
  • Exploring genetic diversity and new breeding strategies
  • Stress sensing and signalling mechanisms
  • Plant immunity
  • Pest and disease tolerance
  • Secondary metabolism and nutritional responses to climate change
  • Postharvest stresses

Confirmed invited speakers include-

  • Katherine Denby (University of York)
  • Charlotte Nellist (NIAB)
  • Carol Wagstaff (University of Reading)
  • Andrew Daymond (University of Reading)


March 29
March 30
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