Senescence is a complex, genetically programmed phenomenon that constitutes an important biological process for plant fitness in natural ecosystems and for agricultural productivity of crops. While In the absence of stress, senescence is under the control of developmental age, it is also largely affected by diverse environmental cues. The conference addresses major breakthroughs in plant senescence and aging research.


Talks will cover a wide spectrum of aspects of plant aging and senescence including the following:

  • molecular, biochemical and physiological layers of senescence regulation
  • tissue- and organ-specific aspects of senescence (e.g. leaves, flowers, fruiting organs)
  • nutrient recycling and plant productivity
  • autophagy and plant senescence
  • stress-induced senescence and tolerance to abiotic stresses
  • postharvest senescence

Plenary and confirmed speakers are

  • Hong Gil Nam, Center for Plant Aging Research, IBS, Daegu, South Korea
  • Sucheng Gan, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, USA
  • Richard Vierstra, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • Nils Stein, IPK Gatersleben and University of Göttingen, Germany
  • Rashmi Sasidharan, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Celine Masclaux-Daubresse, INRA Versailles
  • Hong-Wei Guo, SUSTech, Shenzhen, China
  • Moritz Nowack, VIB, Ghent, Belgium
  • Mark Aurel Schoettler, MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam, Germany
  • Tamar Avin-Wittenberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Donald Hunter, The New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited
  • Pyung Ok Lim, DGIST, Daegu, South Korea
  • Remko Offringa, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Zach Adam, The Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel

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