OBSIDIAN - Microbiology, Soil science, Food quality and Agricultural genetics

logo_08_09_2021.pngFirst Edition of Virtual International Conference

Plant productivity and food safety:

Soil science, Microbiology, Agricultural Genetics and Food quality”



The aim of conference is to enable the exchange of knowledge, views and scientific experience in terms of the sustainable soil use and the maintenance of a microbiome favorable to plant development as a key factors for preserve tolerence of plants against adverse environmental conditions and to maintain their high productivity. The six thematic panels will broadly discuss new research trends in plant microbiome and the effect of abiotic factors on their growth and development,  in obtaining plants safe for health with increased nutrational value, the use of biocontol and biofortification factors in plant crops and the need to monitoring changes in the soil environment in order to achive sustainable management of this natural resource. The conference will be an opportunity to present global and national activities in the field in improving the latest food production technologies, analyzing the properties of the food products and the safety of their production, storage and use.

The conference will include workshops about the use of GIS techniques in environmental and ecological research enabling independent spatial analysis using QGIS program.


                                                            We very much look forward to your participation.

                                                            Best regards,

                                                            Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz


Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule_15_09_2021


Conference posters

List of posters_15_09_2021


Scientific Committee

Prof. David B. Collinge (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Prof. Mahendra Rai (Amravati University, India)

Prof. Patrick Horn (East Carolina University, USA)

Prof. Mohamed Bouaziz (Sfax Tunisia - University of Sfax, Tunisia)

Prof. Claudia A. Blindauer (Warwick University, UK)

Prof. Tatiana V. Prokofieva (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)


Keynote Speaker

Prof. David B. Collinge (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

„Biological control of Fusarium head blight with fungal endophytes"


Session I: Plant-microbial interactions

Session Chair: Prof. Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz

Guest Speakers

1. Prof. Iñigo Zabalgogeazcoa (Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Salamanca, IRNAS-CSIC, Spain)

„Structure, function and applications of the fungal microbiome of wild grasses”

2. Prof. Christel Baum (University of Rostock, Germany)

„Promotion of mycorrhiza formation and use in arable crops by adaptation of agricultural management”

3. Prof. Silke Ruppel (Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops e.V., Germany)

Kosakonia radicincitans: a new emerging bacterial species with plant growth-promoting effects - From isolation to a commercial product”

Session Organizers: PhD Agnieszka Kalwasińska, PhD Sonia Szymańska, PhD Bliss Furtado


Session II: Alternative and sustainable technologies for plant protection

Session Chair: PhD Patrycja Golińska, Prof. Assoc. at NCU

Guest Speakers

1. Prof. Mahendra Rai (Amravati University, India)

„Can we combat plant pathogens using nanotechnology as a potential tool?"

2. PhD Gabor Tarcali (University of Debrecen, Hungary)

„Biological control of Cryphonectria parasitica fungus - a good example of the effective use of hypovirulent fungal strains against plant pathogenic fungi”

3. Prof. W. Keith Moser (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), USA)

„Application of wood wastes in the revitalization of post-agricultural soils"

Session Organizers: PhD Magdalena Wypij, MSc Magdalena Świecimska


Session III: Plant lipids engineering for sustainable future

Session Chair: PhD Agnieszka Zienkiewicz, Prof. Assoc. at NCU

Guest Speakers

1. Prof. Patrick Horn (East Carolina University, USA)

„Big Data Overload: Deriving Structure-Function Insights within Plant Lipid Metabolism through Analyses of Diverse Plant Genomes"

2. PhD Magdalena Miklaszewska (University of Gdańsk, Poland)

„The key enzymes in metabolic engineering for production of wax esters in plants"

3. PhD José Manuel Martínez Rivas (Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Spain)

„Differential contribution of DGAT and PDAT genes to triacylglycerol biosynthesis in olive fruit"

Session Organizer: PhD Edyta Deja-Sikora


Session IV: Advances in analysis and technology of food

Session Chair: Prof. Aleksandra Szydłowska-Czerniak

Guest Speakers

1. Prof. Mohamed Bouaziz (Sfax Tunisia - University of Sfax, Tunisia)

„Olive by-products: valuable nutrients, drugs and functional bioactive compounds"

2. PhD Jan Kyselka (University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic)

„Industrial innovation in the production and processing of vegetable oils”

3. Prof. Magdalena Rudzińska (Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland)

„The thermo-oxidative stability and cytotoxicity of distigmasterol-modified acylglycerols as the new structured lipids

Session Organizer: PhD Dobrochna Rabiej-Kozioł


Session V: Different approaches to enhance food security and food safety

Session Chair: PhD, DSc Grażyna Dąbrowska, Prof. Assoc. at NCU

Guest Speakers

1. Prof. Claudia A. Blindauer (Warwick University, UK)

„Zinc in plants: Homeostatic proteins and their potential for biofortification”

2. PhD Dragana Jakovljević (University of Kragujevac, Republic of Serbia)

„Basil improvement through tissue culture- cultivar specific response”

3. PhD Asfaw Degu (College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)

„Physiological response of grapevine towards water stress"

Session Organizer: PhD Agnieszka Mierek-Adamska 


Session VI: Urban soils – Towards to sustainable use and management

Session Chair: PhD Piotr Hulisz, Prof. Assoc. at NCU; PhD Przemysław Charzyński, 

Prof. Assoc. at NCU

Guest Speakers

1. PhD Hadi Pirasteh-Anosheh (National Salinity Research Center; Yazd, Iran)

„Biosaline Agriculture: A system for Rereading Environmental Resources”

2. Prof. Tatiana V. Prokofieva (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia)

„Importance of soil physical properties for urban soil management strategy"

3. PhD Remigio Paradelo Núñez (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

„Knowledge of urban soils morphology and properties for sustainable land use in the city”

Session Organizer: MSc Sylwia Pindral 


Due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic on our life conference will be held on-line via Mirosoft Teams.

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First Communication 

Registration is open to 30 July 2021. For registration please send below completed form at soil-micro@umk.pl.

Registration file

You can present your data in form of 10 minute oral presentation or poster. The original size of poster should be A0 (84.1 cm width and 118.9 cm lenght, portrait format). Poster can be prepared in any grafical program or Microsoft Office Power Point, saved in pdf. and send to the e-mail: soil-micro@umk.pl to 10th September 2021.

All posters will be available for all registered participants to watch in any conference time. Between 4th and 7th September 2021, on the basis of received abstracts Organizing Committee will choose the best 12 posters that will be presented in form of  3 minute video (mp4 format) with 2 - slide presentation during the poster session. 

Posters in pdf file should be send to 10th September 2021

  • Conference fee

We do not require a conference fee.

  • Workshops

Workshop 1: Introduction to GIS techniques with QGIS.

Workshop 2: Basics of satellite image analysis in QGIS.

Workshop 3: Mapping the species distribution and diversity.

Workshops general descriptions

Workshops detailed plan


Workshop 1 is an introduction to workshops 2 and 3. For this reason workshops will be organized in two sets.  You can choose between two sets of Wokshops:

I - Worshop 1 + Workshop 2


II - Workshop 1 + Workshop 3.

Regardless of your choice costs is 25 Euro.

Important: To each Workshop fee Bank transfer costs are the responsibility of the participants.

  • Account number

Name: Fundacja Akademia Biologii i Ochrony Środowiska

NIP (VAT number): PL9562314903

Regon: 36323230900000

Adress: ul. Lwowska 1, 87-100 Toruń

Bank name: Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas S.A


IBAN: PL31203000451110000004209250

Account numer: 31 2030 0045 1110 0000 0420 9250

Bank transfer title: EFConference2021_surname, e.g. EFConference2021_Thiem

  • Abstract submission

Deadline of abstract submission is on 3rd September 2021. Please prepare abstract according to below form and send its at soil-micro@umk.pl.

Abstract instruction

  • Sponsors

MERCK: https://www.sigmaaldrich.com   

EURx: https://eurx.com.pl/main/                                     

PERLAN: www.perlan.com.pl


  • Contact

Do you have any questions?

Please contact with

Organizing Committee: soil-micro@umk.pl


Informatic Technical Support: lpawlowski@umk.pl

OBSIDIAN - Microbiology, Soil science, Food quality and Agricultural genetics