Begin date: 
February 16, 2022

End date:
April 16, 2022



Prof. Fabrizio Costa

University of Trento

Center Agriculture Food Environment

Fondazione Edmund Mach

ISHS 2022 | Program

From the 21st to the 24th of February life discussions with the speakers will be organised according to the topics.The most convenient time for speakers and link to the on-line platform for life discussion will be provided once the program will be completed.


by Prof. Fabrizio Costa

by Prof. Mario Pezzotti (Director of FEM Research and Innovation Centre).



Prof. Giovannoni (Title: TBA) 


Prof. Bouzayen (Title: TBA) 


Prof. Christopher B. Watkins -  "Plant growth regulator effects on physiological storage disorders of apple fruit"

Watkins photo

Prof. Watkins is Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director in Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  Chris carries out a research program on storage and ripening of fruits and vegetables from both applied and fundamental aspects.  His primary interests are in understanding the underlying mechanisms of apple fruit responses to postharvest technologies in relation to preharvest factors. He has published over 170 peer reviewed papers, 18 book chapters, 44 conference proceedings, and 126 trade, newsletter and technical articles. Chris has graduated 9 MS and 12 PhDs students, and in addition has hosted many visiting scholars. Awards have included a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship; the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Outstanding Extension Educator Award in 2005; and invited presenter of the B.Y. Morrison Lecture in 2016. He was elected Fellow of the ASHS in 2015, CALS Outstanding Faculty award in 2018, and Fellow of the International Society for Horticultural Sciences in 2021.

He is also Chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science Division for Postharvest Physiology and Quality Assurance, as well as Editor-in Chief of the journal, Postharvest Biology and Technology.

Prof. Claudio Bonghi - "Regulatory mechanisms controlling flower bud dormancy in peach"

Claudio Bonghi is Associate professor in Fruit tree production at the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment, DAFNAE, of the 


University of Padova. In 1988 he graduated in in Agricultural Science, University of Padova and in 1992 he received his PhD in Crop Physiology. In 1997 he spent six months at at Department of Horticultural Science, College of Agriculture and Life Science, Texas A & M University, Texas-USA, where was working for six
months on mRNA differential display technique with J.J Giovannoni. In 2001 and 2004 he was visiting scientist at Plant, Soil & Nutrition Laboratory of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), where he was working with J.J Giovannoni on identification of genes involved ripening of tomato, peach, apple and grape by means microarray technique. The scientific activity is mainly focused on fruit development and ripening in many species. At the beginning, he worked on determination of auxin and ethylene content, using different approaches as spectrofluorimetric assay and ELISA, during peach fruit growth and development. After PhD he was starting in molecular investigations focused on biochemical and molecular aspects of growth, ripening and postharvest of different fruit (peach, kiwi, apple, grape). Recently, he included in his research activity the study of the epigenetic control of the whole reproductive cycle starting from bud development to fruit ripening. He is member of ESTRee consortium, an Italian network that produces tools for genetic and genomic studies on Rosaceae species. For this consortium he developed, with other colleagues, the first microarray for peach and other stone fruits. He has published over 140 papers, including original papers on scientific journals (59), lectures, communications and posters presented at congresses (79), and book chapters (7).

Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch - "No contradictions, please! What does a simple hormonal profiling tell us about vegetative growth regulation?"

Prof. Sergi Munné-Bosch (ICREA Academia award 2008, 2014 and 2020) leads the research group ANTIOX, devoted to the study of antioxidants in plants.



 fronts focus on Plant Ecophysiolgy and Agri-Food Biotechnology. Prof. Munné-Bosch is author of more than 250 articles in JCR-indexed journals, several book chapters, has edited two books and is the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental and Experimental Botany. He is currently giving lectures on "Plant Physiology and Biochemistry" and "Control of Plant Metabolism and Development" in the Biotechnology Degree and on "Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses" in the "Environmental Agrobiology" Master Degree of the University of Barcelona, and is now supervising 8 Ph.D. Theses. His main goal is to better understand the fascinating world of plant physiological processes, help students to reach this goal and transfer this knowledge to the industry and society.  

Prof. Ryutaro Tao - "Environmental and epigenetic fruit ripening control in highbush blueberry" 

Ryutaro Tao has been a professor of Kyoto University since 1988. Prof. Tao’s research career was started when he started his graduation thesis study on


the development of tissue and cell culture system for persimmon (Diospyros kaki) in 1983 at Kyoto University. Since then he has been working on the research projects to utilize tissue and cell culture and transgenic techniques to improve fruit tree species. He has been also working on the reproduction biology of fruit tree species since 1990s, such as the S-RNase based self-incompatibility system in Prunus and floral induction in Diospyros and the Rosaceae. He has been extensively working on the sexual system in Diospyros and Actinidia for the last 10 years. Prof. Tao has made several milestone achievements during his 35 years of research career.

One of the major achievements Prof. Tao has been made is the development of a wide varieties of efficient tissue culture systems for D. kaki, including micropropagation, organogenesis, embryogenesis, plant regeneration from protoplasts, somatic hybridization, and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.

The most important achievement Prof. Tao has been made in his career is his study on the S-RNase-based gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) system in Prunus fruit tree species. Prof. Tao cloned the gene for Prunus S-RNase for the first time in the world. The S-RNase DNA sequence information was utilized to develop the PCR-based methods for S genotyping. After the identification of the pistil S, Prof. Tao identified the pollen S of Prunus. Based on the pollen S identification, marker-assisted selection of self-compatible (SC) individuals has been developed and utilized for SC breeding.

Recently, Prof. Tao has clarified sex determination system in Diospyros, which is a plant genus including persimmon and dioecious Actinidia including kiwifruit. Dr. Tao recently also works on blueberry genetics and fruit ripening.

SELECTED TALKS on the conference topics

  • Physiological mechanism of plant hormones
  • Vegetative growth
  • Dormancy
  • Flowering and fruit set
  • Crop loading and fruit abscission
  • Crop production
  • Fruit ripening
  • Postharvest
  • Technological innovation in plant hormones 


presentation of the PGR2025

Ryutaro Tao