Secondary metabolites - Optimizing secondary metabolites for specialized plant uses

Plant secondary metabolites extracted from wild or cultivated medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) are unique sources for most pharmaceuticals, food additives, flavors, and other industrial materials. Cultivation of MAPs provides reliable botanical identification, well-defined genotypes, security of plant supply and homogeneity. In recent years, the demand for high-quality products and optimization has triggered the breeding of new varieties with: better resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, adaptation to various conditions in cultivation, elimination of unwanted compounds, and higher content of active principles. What are the most recent solutions to increase their quality, profitability and sustainability? This session will cover optimizing techniques such as breeding, extraction, fertilization, induced stress, irrigation, drying, conservation, optimal harvest stage, biosynthesis, molecular genetics, tissue culture, in vitro propagation, etc.

Chair: Jaime Prohens - Tuesday 30.08.2016, 10.45 - 12.30

Johannes Novak (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria)

"Breeding medicinal and aromatic plants – opportunities?"


Submitted oral presentations

Olivier Viret, Agroscope, Switzerland

Stilbenes biomarkers to bread resistant grape varieties against fungal diseases

Ferenc Bekes, FBFD PTY LTD, Australia

Breeding less allergenic spelt wheat with low FODMAP content

Roland Kölliker, Agroscope, Switzerland

Improving performance and tannin content of the forage legume sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia)

Carol Wagstaff, University of Reading, UK

Using the L. sativa x L. serriola lettuce mapping population to direct breeding for flavour and nutrition