Prof Steve Tyerman, Zeyu Xiao and Siyang Liao attended the 10th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology in Verona, Italy, from the 13th until the 18th of June, 2016. The topics of the 10th International Symposium on Grapevine Physiology and Biotechnology included plant and fruit development, climate change, yield, berry ripening, grape and wine quality. The session on the molecular events underlying cell death in the grape berry was of special interest to three TC-IWP researchers. Prof Stephen Tyerman gave a presentation ‘Cell death in the grape berry’ as a part of Session 1 on plant and fruit development.
Both Zeyu Xiao and Siyang Liao used this opportunity to introduce their projects to researchers all over the world and to gain a better understanding of physiological and molecular aspects of grape berry cell death. During a poster session Zeyu presented work under the title ‘Is oxygen deficiency the cause of cell death in grape berries?’ and Siyang presented on ‘Molecular events underlying cell death in the grape berry’. The students said that the received feedback was overwhelmingly favourable and encouraging for the continuation of their work.
One of the highlights for Siyang was a talk given by Prof Grant Cramer about transcriptomic analysis of dehydrated grapevine leaves. During his presentation he introduced a system biology method for describing the correlation patterns among genes (Weighted Gene Co-expression Network Analysis) using a specific R-package. Siyang is keen to apply this WGCNA on her season 1 data of RNA sequencing results.