Abstract Submission


Session 1 – One health – Plant genes for human health

This session calls for works from different areas of plant sciences (e.g. conventional and genomics-assisted breeding, genetic and metabolic engineering, analytical phytochemistry) which could contribute to improve the nutritional value of food crops and gain understanding of the complex relationships between plant products and health.


Session 2 – One health – Developing the holobiont concept

Plant physiology and development are tightly linked and affected by interacting microbes. This session calls for works aimed at dissecting mechanisms and effects of this interaction at the genomic level. Research works aimed at the description of microbiomes associated with crop species and/or specific organs and tissues, the role of the microbiota in crop stress tolerance and/or productivity, or the plant genetic control of its microbiota, are especially welcome.


Session 3 – Phytohormones, sensing and signaling

Beyond the well-recognized role of the “big five” group of plant hormones, current research is uncovering the functions of new classes of molecules (brassinosteroids, strigolactones, oligosaccharins, small peptides and others) in controlling vital processes of plant growth and development, adaptation to the environment, defence response to biotic and abiotic constraints and, ultimately, crop productivity. This session calls for contributions focused on novel insights on how phytohormones sense and transduce internal and external cues, through cross-talk and interaction with other signaling pathways, with the final aim of gathering genetic and instrumental advanced knowledge for ameliorating crop quality and yield.


Session 4 – Comparative genomics and pangenomics

This session calls for works aiming to study the role of native variation relevant for understanding the evolution of genes and genomes in view of adaptation to environmental- and human-driven selection and for identifying variation beneficial to genetic improvement. Relevant topics include in-depth comparisons of variation at structural (chromosomal) level and/or at gene level among related species, up to complete representation of diversity within a crop species by pangenomes. Contributions showing how availability of (pan)genomes has supported functional studies of genes and investigations/utilizations of germplasm genetic diversity are also welcome.


Session 5 – New routes to plant adaptation and sustainable agriculture

 This session will provide an overview of current research enabling higher yields, quality, and stress resistance of crops in a changing climate. Works describing the application of cutting-edge technologies to develop climate-ready crop varieties enhancing the adaptation of cropping systems while reducing the footprint of agriculture are especially welcome.


Session 6 – Genetics and beyond: from Mendel to epigenomics

This session is held by the Next Generation SIGA and addresses young scientists approaching the field of plant genetics and genomics. In the last two centuries, plant genetics has witnessed a relevant improvement in technologies and tools showing an evolution in theoretical aspects and applications. With the aim of celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mendel’s birth, the submission of research work spanning from classical genetics to advanced epigenomics is welcome.


Session 7 – SIGA on Mendel’s footsteps

This session will host valuable contributions that do not find place under the session topics above.

Ogni comunicazione, orale o poster, deve essere associata ad un unico corresponding author registrato al Congresso. Il corresponding author può essere o meno il primo autore. Il corresponding author di una comunicazione può risultare co-autore in altre comunicazioni ma non con la qualifica di corresponding author.

I riassunti, in lingua inglese, dovranno essere inviati entro il 15 giugno.

Il corresponding author deve indicare:

(a) il numero identificativo della sessione alla quale far afferire il contributo scientifico;

(b) la forma preferita di presentazione del lavoro al Congresso, orale o poster.

Il Comitato Scientifico valuterà la richiesta e comunicherà al corresponding author la modalità di presentazione entro la fine del mese di luglio.

Solo gli abstract dei lavori effettivamente presentati al Congresso, sia in forma orale sia come poster, saranno pubblicati negli atti, che saranno disponibili in rete sul sito della SIGA con l’identificativo ISBN.