Epigenetic Mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate Change

EpiCATCH COST action conference
July 12-14th, 2021, on-line

Free registration

We are delighted to announce that the first conference on “Epigenetic Mechanisms of Crop Adaptation to Climate Change” (EPI-CATCH) will be held virtually from July 12th to 14th 2021.
EPI-CATCH (CA19125) is a newly launched COST action that aims to define, develop, generate and share new breaking knowledge and methodologies for the investigation of epigenetic mechanisms modulating plant adaptation to environmental stresses driven by climate change.
The aim of the first EPI-CATCH conference is to:
  • Introduce the key objectives and priorities of EPI-CATCH action.
  • Update on the different epigenetic mechanisms driving crop adaptation to the environment  through the regulation of chromatin modifications, DNA methylation, RNA-directed mechanisms.
  • Promote scientific discussions on key epigenetic topics such as the use of standardized methodology in plant epigenetics, transgenerational memory, priming, epi-molecular markers in breeding, epigenetic alphabet in plant stress biology.
The conference will promote interactions amongst speakers, poster presenters and participants that are experts and newcomers in the field of plant epigenetics as well as early career researchers from diverse geographical, cultural and scientific backgrounds.
The registration to this meeting is free. Please submit your abstracts by July 7th 2021.
Please note that speakers and poster contributors will be invited to submit an article to a special issue of Physiologia Plantarum on crop epigenetic adaptation mechanisms in response to climate change.
For more information on the COST action please visit our websites:

Federico Martinelli


Eirini Kaiserli

EPICATCH COST Action Vice Chair

Michal Lieberman-Lazarovich

EPICATCH COST Action co-Vice Chair

Velimir Mladenov

EPICATH COST Action Science Communication Manager

Please note! The program is subject to changes. The time zone is CET

Day 1 - 12.07.21

11:15 - 15:30
Opening and Session 1: Chromatin organization regulating plants' response to the environment
Location: on-line

11:15 – 11:45 Poster display launch

11:45 - 12:00 Opening and welcome address: Federico Martinelli, Eirini Kaiserli

12:00 - 12:20 Federico Martinelli: “Introduction to EPI-CATCH - EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate cHange”

Session 1: Chromatin organization regulating plants' response to the environment.
Chairpersons: Valya Vassileva, Eirini Kaiserli

12:20 - 12:50 Maike Stam: “Gene regulation by epigenetics and distant enhancers”

12:50 – 13:10 Martijn Van Zanten: “Histone deacetylase 9 control of Thermomorphogenesis; How plants perform optimally under non-optimal temperature conditions”

13:10 – 13:30 Jordi Moreno-Romero: “Changes in epigenetic marks triggered by perception of vegetation proximity in seedlings”

13:30 – 14:00 Coffee break & Poster view

14:00 – 14:20 Gideon Grafi: “Epigenetic mechanisms in plant adaptation to environmental stresses: A lesson from the desert plant Zygophyllum dumosum”

14:20 - 14:40 Giorgio Perrella: “Histone Deacetylase Complex 1 modulates stress transcriptional responses during seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana”

14:40 – 15:00 Miguel De Lucas: "Light regulation of xylem cell differentiation"

15:00 – 15:20 Edoardo Bertolini: “The regulatory landscape of early maize inflorescence development”

15:20 – 15:30 Flash talks selected from abstracts
 Andreas Peil
 Ariola Bacu
 Elena Caro
 Mathilde Petitpas
 Soyanni Holness
 Vanessa Azevedo
 Velimir Mladenov

Day 2 - 13.07.21

12:00 - 16:30
Session 2: DNA methylation, transposable elements and RNA-directed mechanisms regulating plant adaptation
Location: on-line

Chairpersons: Stephane Maury, Na’ama Segal

12:00 - 12:30 Anna Amtmann: “RdDM as a backup system in hormone signaling”

12:30 - 12:50 Angela Cicatelli: “Epigenetic analysis in potato manured with compost or mineral fertilizers”

12:50 - 13:10 Sylvain Bischoff : “Histone H3.3 incorporation in Arabidopsis”

13:10 -13:30 Marie Mirouze: “Epigenetic control of genome stability in Arabidopsis"

13:30 - 13:50 Javier Gallego-Bartolome: "Targeted manipulation of DNA methylation in plants"

13:50 -14:00 Flash talks selected from abstracts
 Araceli G. Castillo
 Daniela Correia Cordeiro
 Dragana Miladinoviִc
 Julio Garighan
 Matthieu Chabannes
 Mónica Labella-Ortega
 Robert Piecyk
 Veronika Lancikova

14:00 - 14:20 Coffee break & Poster view

14:20 – 14:50 Etienne Bucher: “Plant genome dynamics in a changing climate: Stress adaptation and crop breeding”

14:50 - 15:10 Michal Lieberman-Lazarovich: “Response of the tomato ddm1 mutant to heat stress”

15:10 – 15:30 Matthias Benoit: “Contribution of transposable elements to structural variation and phenotypic adaptation in tomato”

15:30 – 15:50 Marco Catoni: “Pack-Type Transposable Elements and genome plasticity in plants”

15:50 – 16:10 Kevin Begcy: "Molecular responses to heat stress during pollen microgametogenesis"

16:10 – 16:30 Stephane Maury: "DNA methylation and drought stress in poplar”

Day 3 - 14.07.21

12:00 - 15:40
Session 3: Epigenetic stress memory and epigenomic diversity
Location: on-line

Chairpersons: Cristina Vettori, Dorita Galea

12:00 - 12:30 Hans Hoenicka “Resistance priming of forest tree species”

12:30 – 12:50 Zaigham Sahzad: “Epimutations mediate phenotypic evolution in natural populations”

12:50 - 13:10 Francesco Guarino: “Epigenetic diversity of natural clonal Arundo donax L. populations”

13:10 - 13:30 Flash talk selected from abstracts
 Andrea Gulyás
 Baptiste Vancostenoble
 Elena Carneros
 Leduc Nathalie
 Lini Sethi
 Rashmi R. Hazarika
 Sofia Alves

13:30 - 14:00 Coffee break & Poster view

14:00 - 14:30 Frank Johannes: “Molecular properties of epimutation hotspots"

14:30 - 14:50 Erna Karalija: “Enhancement of heavy metal tolerance in plants by seed priming”

14:50 - 15:10 Estelle Jaligot: “Making shortcuts: investigating the role of small non-coding RNAs during in vitro tissue culture of the oil palm”

15:10 - 15:40 Conclusions and closing

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