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.

Defended topic of doctoral dissertation.

“At the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, as part of the Doctoral Study in Biology, PhD student Emanuel Gaši, mag. oecol., held Seminar II on March 27, 2023, where he defended the topic of his doctoral dissertation. The proposed title is “Potential of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to alter the response of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) to virus infection.” Congratulations and good luck with further progress in dissertation preparation!”

Project of bilateral cooperation with the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana is accepted

At the Competition for the co-financing of Croatian-Slovenian scientific research projects for 2023-2025 a bilateral cooperation project with the Faculty of Biotechnology, Department of Biology, University of Ljubljana, entitled “Grapevine, viruses and mycorrhizal fungi – analysis of the complex interplay” is accepted. The main leaders are collaborators on the Myco Grape project: Ph.D. Katarina Hančević from the Croatian side and doc. Ph.D. Matevž Likar from the Slovenian side. The main goal of the project is to continue and improve the cooperation between the two teams through mutual visits and training. During them collaborators will jointly work on the application of various statistical methods in a detailed analysis of the relationship between the grapevine, pathogenic and beneficial microorganisms.

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.