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Annual Symposium Vegetable Grafting

link to website: COST Action 1204: Food and Agriculture


Date:  13 -16 September 2015

Venue:  Berlin, Humboldt University, Campus Dahlem, Lentzeallee 55/57

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Photo (by Eva Piontek): Participants at the Meeting in Berlin



Where the river Spree merges into the Havel Berlin was founded as a fishermen’s village about 800 years ago ( Today the capital of Germany with about 3.4 Mio people attracts each year almost 12 Mio visitors. Berlin has not only many attractions worth to be visited but it is looking forward welcoming you in September as a special guest to the Annual COST Symposium on Vegetable Grafting. We will meet in the south of the city at the Dahlem Campus of Humboldt University.

All in one Pdf: General information

Location (Map and directions): Humboldt University Dahlem 



In order to confirm the number of participants and to improve planning of the activities and particularly the excursion, please register not later than 15 August 2015. (Hotels recommended see below)

Please download registration form hereRegistration and payment COST Grafting

Return completed form to: 


Deadline for Registration: 15 August 2015

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 July 2015



Any cancellation must be sent to the Secretary in written notice via e-mail ( ).



All participants are requested to contribute to a successful meeting. Beside the invited speakers (see preliminary program) we would like to choose topics to be presented orally. Further contributions will be announced as posters.

Deadline for abstract submission is 15 July 2015

Send all abstracts to: 




Most current Lecture Schedule (all Presentations and Posters, Pdf) here:

Final Timetable COST FA1204



.Sunday, September 13, 2015
All day Arrivals
Monday, September 14, 2015


08:00 – 09:00 .Registration.
9:00 – 13:00          Session 1: Rhizosphere.

Chair: Marie Torres and Nikolai Velkow

  • Welcome (chair of the COST Action; Director of the IGZ)
  • Invited lecture. Analysis of Primary and Secondary Plant Metabolites in Root Exudates of Arabidopsis thaliana (Katja Witzel, IGZ, Großbeeren
  • Determination of Heritability of Soil Zinc Deficiency Symptoms in Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) and Mapping for Qtl/Genes Controlling Zinc Efficiency (Pinar,H., Mutlu,N. Keles,D. Ata,A. Büyükalaca,S., Turkey)
  • Screening of rootstocks able to limit arsenic uptake in melon (Stazi,S.R., Cassaniti,C., Marabottini,R. Allevato,E., Giuffrida, F., Leonardi, C., Italy)
  • Effect of reciprocal grafting on growth and development of two contrasting potato cultivars differing in nitrogen efficiency (Ulas,F., Yetisir,H., Ulas,A., Turkey)
  • Response of Cucurbit Breeding Material to Fusarium, Pythium and Meloidogyne spp. (Velkov,N., Masheva,S., Markova,D., Yankova,V., Lazarova, T., Bulgaria)
  • Grafting in France: A national survey to evaluate the complete picture of the situation (Torres,M., Herouard,C., Fournier,C., France)

Coffee break (10:55 – 11:15)

Chair: Alfonso Albacete and Ana Pina

  • Invited lecture. Microbial community in the rhizopshere (Tomislav Cernava, Techn. Univ. Graz, Austria)
  • Root-to-shoot jasmonic acid signalling under water deficit (de Ollas,C., Arbona,V., Gómez-Cadenas,A., Dodd,I. UK)
  • Rootstock genotype-mediated variation in xylem sap metabolomite profiles of grafted tomato plants (Albacete,A., Martínez-Andújar,C., Perez-Alfocea,F., Spain)
  • Rootstock-mediated ABA signalling in salinized tomato (Martinez-Perez,A., Ferrández-Ayela,A., Sánchez-García,A.B., Albacete,A., Thompson,A.J., Pérez,J.M., Pérez-Alfocea,F., Martínez-Andújar, C. Spain)
  • Unraveling graft compatibility of scion/rootstock interactions in pepper (Penella,C., Pina,A., San Bautista,A., López-Galarza,S., Calatayud,A. Spain)
  • Inheritance and relationship of important characteristics for determination of graft incompatibility (Irisarri,X., Zhebentyayeva, T., Errea, P., Pina,A. Spain)
13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:30


Walking tour. The low energy greenhouses (ZINEG) of the HU Berlin 

15:30 – 17:00 Session 2: Shoot – Root Interactions

Chair: Smiljana Goreta Ban and Youssef Rouphael

  • Invited lecture: Phloem transport of proteins and miRNA (Julia Kehr, Univ. Hamburg)
  • Salinity stress in eggplant can be alleviated by grafting and inoculation with Serratia marcescens containing ACC-Deaminase (Turhan,E., Ellialtıoğlu,Ş.Ş., Kıran,S. Alveroğlu,V., Kuşvuran,Ş. Ateş,Ç. Turkey)
  • Improving cadmium stress tolerance in tomato by grafting and AMF (Kumar,P., Lucini,L., Rouphael,Y., Cardarelli,M., Kalunke, R.M., Colla, G., Italy)
  • Phenotypic Variations in Root Morphology Morphology in Cucurbita spp. rootstock genotypes for cucumber under low temperature (Onur Karağac,O., Özbakir Özer, M., Kar, H., Doğru,M., Yetişir, H. Turkey)
  • Tolerance of grafted tomato plants to virus infection (Petrov,N., Balacheva,E., Stoyanova,Z., Rodeva, R. Bulgaria)
17:00 – 18:30 Parallel WG Meetings

Boat tour `Berlin at night´in downtown, starts at Haus der Kulturen der welt


Tuesday, September 15, 2015


9:00 – 12:30 Session 3: Plant metabolomics and fruit Quality

Chair: Sevilay Topcu and Dimitrios Savvas

  • Invited lecture. Root engineering for crop improvement using CKX technology Eswarayya Ramireddy, Freie Univ. Berlin, Germany)
  • Effect of partial root-zone drying on grafted tomato (Branimir U., Dumičić,G., Žanić,K., Goreta-Ban,S. Croatia)
  • From Ein Tamar to Berlin: On the complicity of Cucurbita rootstocks (Cohen,R., Edelstein,M., Elkabetz, E., Israel; Grosch,R., Förster,P., Schwarz,D. Germany)
  • Rootstock influences tomato quality at different ripening stage (Giuffrida,F., Cassaniti,C., Mazzaglia,A., Ragonese,F., Muratore,G., Leonardi,C. Italy)
  • The green colour of the rootstock fruits affect the quality of the scion fruits (Arpaci,S., Tüzel, Y., Aktas,H. Turkey; Schwarz,D. Germany)

Coffee break (10:30 – 11:00)

Chair: Antonella Verzera and Marios Kyriacou

  • Exudation and exchange processes in the rhizosphere (Günter Neumann, Univ. Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Emerging organic contaminants in fruits of Cucumis melo spp. grafted on different rootstocks (Verzera,A., Cincotta,C.F., Tripodi,G. Dima,G., Paratore,A., Crinò, P., Italy)
  • Rootstock effect on grafted runner bean yield and fruit quality (Mourão,I., Costa,S., Brito,L.M., Ferreira,M.E., Moura,M.L. Portugal)
  • Agronomic and physiological responses of tomato when ABA-deficient plant are used as rootstock (Camps,F. Switzerland; Dodd,I. UK)
  • Yield and quality of two melon [Cucumis melo] cultivars grafted on four C. maxima x C. moschata rootstocks (Soteriou,G.A., Kyriacou,M.C., Cyprus)


12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00  Walking tour Botanical Garden Berlin
16:00 – 19:00 Meeting of Steering Committee of MC

Barbecue at the Dahlem Campus


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


08:00 – 21:00   
  • .Leaving from the Best Western Hotel in 12165 Berlin-Steglitz (Albrechtstr. 2)
  • Farm Buschmann/Winkelmann ( cucurbitacea (pumpkin), asparagus and blueberry production

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Arriving in Berlin

 Thursday, September 17, 2015 : Departures



The public transportation system in Berlin is exemplary. Depending how and where you arrive, you can find your way easily at the following web pages. (choose your language)

 You can download the route map showing the stations and lines of the metro and further trains under:  



BEST WESTERN PLUS – Hotel Steglitz International

Location: Schlossstraße/ Albrechtstraße 2, 12165 Berin


Single Room: 80€/ Night

Double Room: 105€/ Night

Prices include service and bussiness package (WiFi, breakfast and VAT)

Offer is valid until 4 weeks before the event or until all 60 rooms are booked.


Reservation by:

Phone: +49 (0) 30 / 79005 – 521

Fax: + 49 (0) 30 / 79005 – 530


Keyword: COST


Payment: At the reception before departure.

Please pay attention to the cancellation information at the hotel website


enjoy hotel Berlin – City Messe

Location: Rudolstädter Straße 42, 10713 Berlin

website enjoy hotel


Single room: 59€ / night

Double room: 79€ / night

Prices include breakfast, VAT and service.

Keyword: COST


Reservation by:

Phone: +49 (0) 30/ 89783 0



Payment: At the reception before departure.

Please pay attention to cancellation information at hotel website!


For any further questions/ support please contact the conference office.



Scientific issues (IGZ):   Dr. Rita Grosch and Dr. Dietmar Schwarz

Conference office (IGZ):  Dr. Marina Korn and Eva Piontek