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Meeting Of Plant Biologists Took Place In Prague


Jul 7, 2016

A remarkable meeting of plant biologists „Plant Biology Europe EPSO / FESPB Congress 2016“ with European and worldwide importance took place in Prague during 26-29 June, 2016. More than 900 scientists from 58 countries of the whole world participated in this event. The aim of the PBE Congress was development of discussion on current challenges of plant biology of the 21st century. And it was organized by GUARANT International.

An important issue of the congress was information about finishing sequenation of pea genome in a year of 150th anniversary of publishing of turning work of Gregor Mendel on pea hybridization, which belongs to the establishment of new plant genetics.

The main theme of the PBE Congress was finding answers to questions, which are connected with a key role of plants in solution global problems, human population faces now. In the process of photosynthesis, plants are using energy of sun irradiance for biomass formation, which then serves as a source of food for all other organisms of Earth including human beings. „Congress was aimed on contribution to solution of problems connected with food security on Earth, preserving stability of composition of the atmosphere, which determines existence of life on Earth in its current forms, and preserving ecosystem functions and services during ongoing long-term climate change“, said Professor Jana Albrechtová, a President of the Plant Biology Europe EPSO / FESPB Congress 2016.

Large time was devoted to discussion on development of plant biotechnologies for food safety and effective use of plants for production of biofuels for future generations. Discussion was also directed to a strategy of science policy and transfer of scientific knowledge on plants to politicians and wide public.

It is a great honour for Czech plant science that Czech society for Experimental Plant Biology was put in charge of congress organization. The Congress Presidents were prof. Jana Albrechtová from the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague and Institute of Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR) and Professor Jiří Šantrůček from the University of South Bohemia and Biological Centre of ASCR. Jana Albrechtová is a professor of plant anatomy and physiology at the Department of Experimental Plant Biology of the Fac. Sci., Charles Univ., and works also in the Institute of Botany of ASCR. She has been for a long-term period serving as a President of the Czech Society for Experimental Plant Biology (CSEPB) and for two year a President of The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB). Jiří Šantrůček is a professor of plant anatomy and physiology and the Head of the Department of Experimental Plant Biology at the University of South Bohemia and works also in the Biological Centre of ASCR. He has been a long-term Vice-President of the CSEPB.

EPSO is an independent academic organization that represents more than 226 research institutes, departments and universities from 30 countries in Europe and beyond. FESPB is Federation of European Societies on Plant Biology.

Article source: https://www.natur.cuni.cz