ATSPB 2023: Plants in the context of food security, biodiversity and climate change.

13th to 15th April 2023 in Hall in Tirol, Austria

The 24th conference of the Austrian Society of Plant Biology (ATSPB) will take place from 13th to 15th of April 2023 in Hall in Tirol, organized by the Department of Botany of the University of Innsbruck.

The ATSPB, as part of the FESPB (Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology), seeks to promote all aspects of plant biology, from cell biology and biochemistry to ecophysiology.

The 24th conference of the ATSPB is dedicated to the importance of plants in the context of food security, biodiversity and climate change. Contributions on any topic related to plant biology are welcome!

Conference venue: the Salzlager, Hall in Tirol
The conference is taking place in presence only, virtual participation will not be possible.

Organising committee: Erwann Arc, Barbara Beikircher, Andrea Ganthaler, Andreas Holzinger, Ilse Kranner, Stefan Mayr, Gilbert Neuner, Charlotte Permann, Gregor Pichler, Thomas Roach, Matthias Stegner

24th Conference of the Austrian Society of Plant Biology (ATSPB)

The Importance of Plants in the Context of Food Security, Biodiversity and Climate Change

Organised by the Department of Botany of the University of Innsbruck

13th to 15th of April 2023 at the Salzlager, Hall in Tirol

Thursday, 13th of April 2023

12:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:15

Welcome by the ATSPB president, Prof. Raimund Tenhaken

Session Chair: Ilse Kranner

14:15 - 15:40

Plant stress response
Session Chair:  Ingeborg Lang

Plenary lecture
Forest adaptation to climate change: how plant biology contributes to safeguard forest ecosystem services and biodiversity
Silvio Schüler

Physiological and phenotypic characterization of the climate-resilient oilseed crop Camelina sativa in response to waterlogging
Dominik K. Großkinsky, Peter Stasnik, Claudia Jonak

Leaf temperatures are only marginally below in vitro estimated photosynthetic temperature thresholds during a heatwave
Norbert Kunert

15:40 - 16:10

Coffee break

14:15 - 15:40

Plant stress response
Session Chair:  Gilbert Neuner

Ice in plants: Hard to handle?
Matthias Stegner, Othmar Buchner, Jasmin Lindner, Alexander Flörl, Tanja Schaefernolte, Anna-Lena Strasser, Sandra Plangger, Viktoria Thoma, Nannan Xiao, Janette Walde, Andreas Holzinger, Notburga Gierlinger, Gilbert Neuner

Glutathione, a regulator of sulfur flux in C4 plants?
Lea Fladenhofer, Anna Gasperl, Ties Ausma, Günther Zellnig, Maria Müller 

Combined tolerances - Salicornia europaea, a model organism for salt and oxygen tolerance
Angelina Jordine, Julia Retzlaff, Brigitta Ehrt, Lisa Fürtauer and Joost T. van Dongen

The DRD-BIBLOX enables non-invasive plant root development analysis in soil conditions mirroring nature including abiotic stresses
Madeleine Schnurer, Georgi Dermendjiev, Ethan Stewart, Thomas Nägele, Giada Marino, Dario Leister, Alexandra Thür, Stefan Plott, Jakub Jeż, Verena Ibl 

17:30 - 18:30

Poster session

Friday, 14th of April 2023

09:00 - 10:30

Plants and climate change
Session Chair:  Edith Stabentheiner

Plenary lecture
UNTWIST - Uncover and promote tolerance to temperature and water stress in Camelina sativa
Claudia Jonak

Crops in a changing climate environment – a MULTIOMICS perspective
Palak Chaturvedi, Arindam Ghatak, Wolfram Weckwerth

Responses of montane grassland species to drought intensity under current and future climate conditions
Lisa Capponi, Gilbert Neuner, Christopher Still, Andreas Schaumberger, Markus Herndl, Michael Bahn

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:40

Acclimation and adaptation to the environment
Session Chair: Margit Höftberger

Parallel evolution of functional traits in alpine Arabidopsis arenosa ecotypes
Clara Bertel, Erwann Arc, Dominik Kaplenig, Maria Ralser, Julian Maindok, Magdalena Bohutínská, Guillaume Wos, Filip Kolář, Karl Hülber, Gilbert Neuner and Ilse Kranner

Morphological and physiological variability of Campanula serrata plants along altitudinal gradients - a possibility to adapt to changing climate
Adriana Kaczmarczyk, Elżbieta Cieślak, Miron Gieniec, Zbigniew Miszalski, Aneta Słomka, Mirosław Zagórda

Adaptation of the plant carbohydrate metabolism to chilling night events in Arabidopsis thaliana
Christina Freh, Oliver Giesbrecht, Sofie Jennings, Lisa Fürtauer

Characterization of single cotton fibers – approaches to determine the influence of growth conditions on fiber properties
Martin Niedermeier, Michaela Eder

ADAPT: Stress response and acclimation from Arabidopsis to potato
Bernhard Wurzinger, Bushra Ijaz, Jannik van der Werde, Markus Teige

12:40 - 13:45

Lunch break (Not organised through the conference)

13:45 - 14:45

Poster session

14:45 - 15:30

Session Chair: Thomas Roach

Sexual reproduction of Zygnematophyceae – new insights from structural and chemical analysis of their complex cell walls
Charlotte Permann
, Klaus Herburger, Notburga Gierlinger, Andreas Holzinger

Slice and reconstruct: Zygospores of the green alga Spirogyra visualised in 3D
Sebastian J. Antreich
, Charlotte Permann, Andreas Holzinger

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:00

Session Chair: Thomas Roach

Oxygen dependence of dark respiration, photosynthesis, and light-enhanced dark respiration of microalgae studied by High-Resolution PhotoRespirometry
Mateus Grings,
Nora Went, Sabine Schmitt, Erich Gnaiger

Arctic and Central European snow and glacier algae differ in community composition as revealed by 18S and ITS2 rRNA sequencing
Daniel Remias
, Lenka Procházková, Linda Nedbalová, Liane G. Benning, Stefanie Lutz

Phenolic iron complexes of glacier ice algae (Ancylonema spp., Zygnematophyceae) contribute to protection against harmful irradiation
Lenka Procházková
, Peter Mojzeš, Linda Nedbalová, Daniel Remias

17:10 - 18:10

ATSPB General assembly

19:00 - 22:00

Conference dinner (included in the conference fee; registration mandatory)

Saturday, 15th of April 2023

09:00 - 10:30

Plant metabolism and signalling
Session Chair:  Markus Teige

Galactose toxicity in plants – a paradox
Martina Althammer, Margit Höftberger, Klaus Herburger, Christoph Regl, Christian Huber, Ilse Foissner,Raimund Tenhaken

Low-energy situations leads to efficient sucrose stabilization in Northern European Arabidopsis thaliana accessions
Anastasia Kitashova, Tim Scheibenbogen, Laura Schröder, Thomas Nägele, Lisa Fürtauer

Sucrose cycling regulation by hexoses needs counter-regulation from hexokinases
Oliver Giesbrecht, Lisa Fürtauer

Redox-mediated retrograde signaling inversely regulates gene expression of Asc-GSH cycle enzymes
Anna Gasperl, Elisabeth Knaipp, Regina Wilfurth, Edith Stabentheiner, Günther Zellnig, Gábor Kocsy, Bhumi Nath Tripathi, Maria Müller

Metabolic control of the C3/CAM switch in Clusia species and drought stress responses in chickpea revealed by Jacobian Matrices derived from metabolomics data
Iro Pierides, Jiahang Li, Hannes Kramml, Zoe Wessely, Johannes Herpell, Shuang Zhang, Palak Chaturvedi, Arindam Ghatak, Steffen Waldherr, Wolfram Weckwerth

10:10 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:40 - 12:00

Biological interactions
Session Chair: Verena Ibl

Morphological and biochemical changes during in vitro lichenisation of Cladonia grayi
Gregor Pichler, Erwann Arc, Andreas Zischg, Maximilian Mick, Werner Kofler, Daniela Trippel, Florian Wachtler, Andreas Holzinger, Lucia Muggia, Claudio Gennaro Ametrano, Fabio Candotto Carniel, Alberto Pallavicini, Mauro Tretiach, Ilse Kranner

Detection of endophytes in bleeding sap of vine by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)
Karin Mandl, Jasmina Suljic, Christian Bader, Ingrid Hofstetter, Florian Faber

ACC deaminase mediated growth promotion by a phyllosphere-colonizing bacterium
Johannes Herpell, Ajtena Alickovic, Bocar Diallo, Florian Schindler, Wolfram Weckwerth

Seed bacteria antagonistic to fungi can support germination
Davide Gerna, David Clara, Livio Antonielli, Birgit Mitter, Stephane Compant, Thomas Roach

12:00 - 12:30

Closing ceremony
Including awards for the best early carreer scientists' presentations

Session Chair: Ilse Kranner

The conference is open to ATSPB members as well as interested guests and students.

Click here to register

Information for oral or poster presentations:

  • All presentations should be in English.
  • Oral presentations: 20 min maximum; Powerpoint (pptx) or Acrobat (pdf) formats supported.
  • Poster presentations: Poster format A0 portrait; mounting material will be provided.
  • The conference is taking place in presence only, virtual participation will not be possible

Conference fees:

  • Free participation for all ATSPB members
  • 70 € for non-ATSPB members (the participation comes with an included 2 years ATSPB membership)
  • Reduced fee of 30 € for students (also including a 2 years ATSPB membership)

The fee should be payed to the ATSPB after completing the membership application form, to be sent per email to Details regarding the payment can be found in the form.

The abstract submission is now closed.

Contributions on any topic related to plant biology are welcome!

The conference will take place in the "Salzlager" in Hall in Tirol, about 10 km from Tyrol’s capital city Innsbruck. With its long history, the lively town of Hall has one of the most beautiful old towns in Austria, owing its special charm to the mixture of medieval character and modernity, against a spectacular mountain backdrop.

Salzlager, Saline 18, Hall in Tirol

  • By public transport:
    • Train: 5-10 min walking distance from the main train station (Bahnhof Hall)
    • Bus: Several bus stops available within 10 min walking distance (see )

  • By car: From the A12 motorway via the Hall Mitte exit or directly via the B171. Free parking spaces are available on-site


Participants are requested to book their own accommodation. Hotels in Hall are listed here.


We warmly welcome you to the 24th conference of the ATSPB!

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