The Berry school will include lectures from international experts on the following topics:

  • Quantitative genetics, MAS and genomic selection
  • New breeding techniques
  • Environmental effects on plant growth and development, and adaptation of production to climate change
  • Plant physiology and nursery/crop planning
  • Pest and disease control
  • Fruit quality (sensorial/nutritional/nutraceutical) and consumer science
  • Field visit to UPM breeding program

VIRTUAL BERRY SCHOOL Virtual training course on berry science and technology

The school will be held virtually on the Symposium Platform and will include a virtual visit to the D3A-UPM Strawberry field.

The program will be defined by the scientific committee and will be addressed to students, young scientists and technical staff from public institutions or enterprises and will focus on basic and applies scientific knowledges related to strawberry production.


Thursday May 6th

9:00 Prof. Bruno Mezzetti – Università Politecnica delle Marche
New breeding techniques applied to strawberry 

10:00 Prof. Anita Sønsteby – NIBIO, Norsk institutt for bioøkonomi / Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Environmental effects on plant growth and development, and adaptation of production to climate change 

11:00 Discussion – break 

11:15 Prof. Davide Neri – Università Politecnica delle Marche
Plant physiology and nursery/crop planning 

12:15 Prof. Sonia Osorio Algar – Profesor Titular de Universidad de Malaga – Mejora genética y Biotecnologia
Can Metabolomic approach helps to improve aroma and nutritional fruit quality? 

13:15 Break 

14:30 Prof. Ioannis Tzanetakis – Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology – Division of Agriculture – University of Arkansas
Plant quality to improve pest and disease control 

15:30 Dott. Stefano Predieri – CNR – Bologna
Consumer science applied to valorize strawberry fruit 

16:30 Prof. Steve Knapp – Director of the Strawberry breeding program – Department of Plant Science – University of California Davis (USA)
Quantitative genetics, MAS and genomic selection 

17:30 Prof. Maurizio Battino – Università Politecnica delle Marche
Strawberry and consumer health 

18:30 Field virtual tour

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