Joining COST Action

Tomislav Radić, MYCO GRAPE project leader, joined COST action – CA22142 – Beneficial root-associated microorganisms for sustainable agriculture (ROOT-BENEFIT). ROOT-BENEFIT will strengthen the European research capacity and leadership on beneficial root-associated microorganisms and facilitate knowledge transfer to socio-economic actors and inclusiveness towards European and Mediterranean countries. You can find more information about this Action in the document below or visit ROOT-BENEFIT web page.

ICVG – presentation

At the ICVG congress, we presented two posters as part of the MYCO GRAPE project. The posters are related to the interaction of mycorrhizal fungi, grapevine viruses and plant physiology with an emphasis on the photosynthetic activity of the grapevine. Also, the quantification of the GRPSaV virus was investigated in different grapevine tissues depending on the mycorrhizal status of the vine. Colleague Mate Čarija also held a presentation on the physiology of virus infected grapevine in front of the scientific community, bringing forward interesting results.

ICVG 2023

At the congress in Greece, the 20th conference of the International Council for the Study of Viruses and Virus-Like Diseases in Grapevine was held in Thessaloniki. There, the microbiological team of the Institute for Adriatic Culture and Karst Improvement presented two posters and one oral presentation. In future posts you will be able to read more about the results that we presented to the scientific community.

1st European GREEN Conference

The ‘MYCO-GRAPE’ team participated in the first EU-GREEN Conference in Vodice (Croatia) held on May 24th. We presented the poster on “Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and viral infection induced changes of the gas-exchange parameters of the grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.)”. The conference was a perfect time to catch up with colleagues and form new contacts.

Participation in the Science Festival 2023

“Nature and society” is the theme of this year’s Science Festival, which has been happening throughout Croatia since 2003 and is still the largest science popularization event in Croatia. As part of the Festival, PhD student Emanuel Gaši will give a lecture titled “Social life of plants: how do plants communicate?” and present one of the topics that our project deals with.

Scientific traineeship in Turin

During the winter period 2022, PhD Tomislav Radić visited the Laboratory of Biology of Plant Interactions led by PhD Raffaella Balestrini at the Institute for the sustainable plant protection in Turin, Italy. There, during three weeks period, under the guidance of experts, he gained methodological knowledge in the determination of expression of genes related to the plant’s response to mycorrhizal status. PhD Radić will transfer the acquired knowledge and skills to his home team at the Institute for Adriatic Crops, where they will work on introducing gene expression methodology into routine use within a project for the purpose of understanding the interactions between grapevine and microorganisms.

PhD student Emanuel Gaši attended a three-week training period which took place from 28th November to 16th December 2022 in the Laboratory for functional genomics, Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Turin, Italy. Under the guidance of PhD Giorgio Gambino, he gained knowledge on the detection and relative quantification of viruses in various grapevine tissues using real-time quantitative PCR methodology. Learned skills will be applied in further work at home Institute on real time qPCR machine which was acquired from the “MYCO GRAPE” project.

European Researchers’ Night 2022

European Researchers’ Night 2022

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the European Night of Researchers was held. In Marmontova Street, visitors could discover interesting information about the microbiological world that shapes the life of the vine. We showed visitors the symptoms of vine viral diseases, mycorrhizal fungi on vine roots, and lots of other interactive content suitable for all ages.

See you next year at the Night of Researchers!