Provisional program

Sessions (chairwomen/men) Invited speakers
1. Combination Biostimulation and Biocontrol (Moderator, Elsa Balini) Brader Gunter (AIT Vienna)
2. Elicitors of plant defenses and mechanisms of plant defenses (Dumas B and Pétriacq P) Ioanis STRINGLIS (Utrecht, NL)
3. Biocontrol microorganisms and their mechanisms of action (Leclere V and Prigent-Combaret C) Marc Ongena U. Liège
4. Plant products used as biocontrol products (Michel T and Gonzales A) Filippo Maggi (University of Camerino Italy)
5. Environmental impact (Bertrand C and Ntalli N) Karl Fent (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland)


Guanghui Dai

Professor Guanghui Dai, Head of Laboratory of Plant Health and Natural Products in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
After graduated with Ph.D. (1994) from Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique Montpellier, France, She focus on bio-resource and natural product to control the pests of crops by using plant extracts more than 20 years.

Up to now above 60 articles (17 of them are SCI) were published and 70 patents were applied. Among of them, five compounds has been extracted, isolated and identified for their control effect on the fungi, insects and mites.
The newest one (including active matter – mother drug, and its formulation) has been approved by State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas in China and obtained “Certificate of approval for registration and testing of new pesticides”.

Marc Ongena

Marc Ongena (PhD in biochemistry) is senior research associate at the FRS-FNRS in Belgium and currently leads a research group of a dozen people within the laboratory Microbial Processes and Interactions (MiPI) at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech faculty of the Liege University. The lab is globally devoted to the research, development and promotion of biotechnology products and processes using microorganisms and their metabolites in various domains. MO is more particularly interested in biocontrol bacteria and from a broad viewpoint, his research focuses on the study of molecular mechanisms involved in various facets of the multitrophic interactions occurring between these beneficial rhizobacteria (Bacillus and Pseudomonas) and their host plants, fungal pathogens and other bacteria sharing the rhizosphere niche. In this context, he is more specifically interested in the characterization of secondary metabolites playing key roles in plant-microbe interactions related to immunity priming, in the ecological fitness of the producing strains and in fine in their biocontrol potential. Some currently developed research lines include molecular cross-talk leading to plant immunization, interspecies communication and its impact on the production of secondary metabolites involved in biocontrol, (a)biotic factors modulating the production of Bacillus metabolites involved in root colonization and rhizosphere persistence.

Giannis Stringlis

Giannis Stringlis completed his studies in Plant Biotechnology at Agricultural University of Athens in 2008. Subsequently, he performed his MSc studies at the same University with specialization in Molecular Phytopathology and diseases caused by soilborne pathogens.
In 2012, he moved to the Netherlands, and carried out his doctoral studies in Plant-Microbe Interactions Group at Utrecht University, under the supervision of Corné Pieterse. During his PhD, he studied root transcriptional changes in response to beneficial rhizobacteria and their elicitors and how selected exudates (coumarins) can shape the rhizosphere microbiome.

Since 2018, he is postdoctoral researcher in the same group, studying the interplay between root immunity and the microbiome and how signals from the root can activate systemic responses in the leaves.

Filippo Maggi

Filippo Maggi is associate professor of pharmaceutical biology at the school of pharmacy of the University of Camerino (Italy). He has an initial background in plant biology, environment management and natural sciences. Prof. Maggi has published 260 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is expert in extraction, identification and quantification of plant volatile and non-volatile constituents. Its research activities are articulated into the following lines: i) Bioactive secondary metabolites from aromatic and medicinal plants. ii) Chemical ecology. iii) Nutraceuticals. iv) Chemosystematics.
Prof. Maggi is member of the Italian Phytochemical Society. He is also member of Editorial Board of several journals. In 2018, he served as Guest Editor for a special issue entitled ‘Plant Secondary Metabolites in the Fight against Arthropod Pest and Parasites’ published in Frontiers in Plant Science. Prof. Maggi has been referee for more than one hundred of international peer-reviewed journals and for several European research Projects.