3rd ViPS/LuKe joint seminar

Date: Tuesday 5th April 2022
Location: Lecture room B6, Latokartanonkaari 7-9, Viikki campus, University of Helsinki

The aim of the seminar is to bring together researchers from LuKe, ViPS and Boreal Plant Breeding to discuss timely topics, map joint interests and recognize new possibilities for collaboration. Plenty of time has been reserved at the end of each session and during the breaks for joint discussions.

The session speakers are asked to bring up open research questions, knowledge gaps and existing challenges where research and/or collaboration needs to be strengthened.

Younger generation early career researchers (ECR) are given a possibility to introduce their research and build up new connections.


10.00 – 10.05 Opening of the seminar, Timo Hytönen (ViPS)
Session 1 – Breeding, session chair Alan Schulman
10.10-10.30 Esa Mäntysaari: Genomic Estimated Breeding Values (GEBV) and plant breeding
10.30-10.50 Timo Hytönen: Woodland strawberry genomic resources to identify horticulturally important genes for strawberry breeding
10.50-11.10 Tuuli Haikonen: Better berries by genome-assisted pre-breeding
11.10-11.30 Sonja Kujala: Genomics for Scots pine breeding
11.30-12.00 Discussion
12.00-13.00 LUNCH, Restaurant Ladonlukko
Session 2 – New technologies (vertical farming, genome editing, phenotyping), session chair Teemu Teeri
13.00-13.20 Titta Kotilainen: Vertical farming activities
13.20-13.40 Albert Porcar-Castell: Emerging potential of fluorescence imaging for plant stress detection and phenotyping
13.40-14.00 Triin Vahisalu: Gene editing
14.00-14.30 Discussion
Coffee 14.30-14.50
Session 3 - Early Career Researchers Flash presentations (á 7 min), session chair Paula Elomaa
15.00 – 16.30
Melis Kucukogly: Cytokinin regulation of cambium activity and wood formation in trees
Alexey Shapiguzov: New approaches in phenotyping photosynthesis and respiration
Juho Hautsalo: Investigating phenotypes for disease resistance purposes and beyond
Napoleon Vargas: Genomic selection of timothy: first steps
Santeri Kankaanpää: Extracellular vesicles in lignin biosynthesis
Elli Koskela: Apical dominance in strawberries
Anne Vaten: Stomatal development in seed plants
Maija Sierla: GHR1 and its interactors in stomatal movements and water transport in the vasculature
17.00- DINNER, Viikin kartano