Valoram- Ghent Symposium

BEES PhD student Siva Linga Sasanka Velivelli writes about a recent symposium in Ghent:

I recently attended the 7th International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding, held in Ghent, Belgium from 18 to 22nd September 2011. I gave an oral presentation on “Efficacy of Rhizobacteria on Plant Growth Promotion and Disease Suppression In vitro”.

This symposium gave me the opportunity to communicate my research to an international audience and also provided an opportunity to get a publication in an associated journal. Overall it was a valuable opportunity to meet and develop links with other researchers working in the field of horticulture.

Thanks to my supervisor, Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich for giving me this opportunity to present some of my results in an international symposium. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the senior postdoctoral researcher in the lab Dr Eileen O’ Herlihy and I would also like to acknowledge contributions to this research from Dr Bogumila Janczura and funding from European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 (Grant No: 227522, 01/02/2009-31/01/2014).

This research project is part of Valoram and it aims at exploring and valorizing the existing large biodiversity of soil micro-organisms of Andean countries to improve the sustainability, food security, environmental protection and productivity of Andean cropping systems, benefiting rural farming households.

This research project was focused on potato because of its global importance for small-scale farmers in the central Andean highlands. Valoram comprises of eight partners, five from Europe and three from Latin America. The results from this project will directly benefit the local partners and may contribute to improve organic production in the EU.

More information can be found on the Valoram website.

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