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  • Saffron

DISCO partners present at the prestigious Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids in Italy

May 20, 2016

Belonging to the world’s most prestigious conferences, the Gordon Research Conferences were first established in 1931. Today the group comprises up to 2000 conferences a year and provides an international forum for scientists to present their research from the fields of biological, chemical and physical sciences.

The Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids has been held triennially since 1992. In 2016 the 9th Conference upholds the tradition of bringing together multidisciplinary investigators at the forefront of carotenoid science in Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Lucca, Italy from 22-27 May.

Next to DISCOs Giovanni Giuliano (ENEA), who hosts the meeting as Vice Chair, many other project partners participate in the conference with presentations, posters and via leading discussions:

  • The coordinator of the DISCO project, Paul Fraser (RHUL), gives a talk on Sunday titled “Engineering the Carotenoid Pathway in Solanaceae for Renewable Sources of Nutritional and Industrial Carotenoids”.
  • Ralph Bock (MPG) presents on Wednesday morning on the topic of “Engineering Isoprenoid Metabolism in Plastid”.
  • Olivia Demurtas, of the Italian DISCO partner institution ENEA, presents on Wednesday evening on the topic of “Crocin Biosynthesis in Saffron Stigmas: A Tale of Three Compartments”.
  • During the poster session, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Gianfranco Diretto (ENEA) presents a poster, entitled “Metabolic Engineering of carotenoids in potato affects ABA metabolism and tuber shelf-life”.
  • Later that day Joseph Hirschberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) will lead the discussion on “Regulation of the Carotenoid Biosynthetic Pathway”.

Further information on the Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids and the agenda, including the exact time slots of the DISCO partners´ presentations is available here: https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=12309