New Biotechnology Opportunities in the South Caucasus and in Europe

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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sadunishvili Tinatin

Tinatin Sadunishvili

Professor, Head of laboratory, Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Agricultural University of Georgia(DIBBAUG), Tbilisi, Georgia

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PRESENTATION OF BIOPARTNERS PROJECT

The 36-month BIOPARTNERS project gives Georgia the possibility to improve the research activities of their highest quality in the FP7 thematic priority “Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology”, through twinning activities between one of the leading Georgian scientific and educational organisations, the Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Agricultural University of Georgia (DIBBAUG) with their long term partner University of Murcia (Faculty of Biology). A coherent development strategy for DIBBAUG is prepared, based on SWOT analysis and on the socio-economic analysis on Georgian, regional (Caucasus) and European level A twinning and joint research plan is prepared and agreed by the twinned partners. Project includes several main types of activities, e.g. twinning activities between DIBBAUG and UMU, larger-scale networking & brokerage activities, exchange of researchers and young specialists and organisation of joint events as well as training and coaching activities.


Dr. Giorgi Kvesitadze

Giorgi Kvesitadze

Professor, Director of Durmishidze Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of Agricultural University of Georgia (DIBBAUG), Tbilisi, Georgia

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BIOTECHNOLOGY IN GEORGIA

The presentation will be focused on the discussion of developments in biotechnology in Georgia. A new ecological concept based on joint plants and microorganisms symbiotic action will be introduced. The collections of different taxonomic groups of microorganisms will be characterized and the data of bioactive preparations from plants and microorganisms will be presented. Based on extreme plants taxonomic diversity of the Caucasus production of some physiologically active preparations will be discussed. Elaboration of biological control methods against plant bacterioses, Xanthomonas and Pseudomonas phytopathogenic bacteria and their specific bacteriophages and plant-pathogen-bacteriophage interactions as well as the data of biodegradable polymers use in medicine will be demonstrated.


Dr. Ramaz Shengelia

Ramaz Shengelia

Professor, Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia

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GEORGIAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE: RESOURCE FOR ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGY

While studying Georgian traditional medicine (GTM) as it is presented in the middle age manuscripts and folk medicine practically comprehensive lists of medicinal and nutritional means of vegetable and mineral origin have been compiled in three languages. Each type of natural raw material (NRM) is complemented with information on: a) source of origin, manuscript, field material, printed book etc.; b) the ways of its usage as given in the primary source; c) contemporary data; d) nature and quality as related to the humoral theory. Total of 800 denominations. Recipes and dietary schemes used to treat and prevent the various diseases with indications of age, sex, type of constitution, chronic diseases, season and general state of the person. Entire data base was computerized and systematized.
In this presentation the application of a modern computer method of information storage, systematization and assessment for full understanding of purposeful use of natural raw material (NRM) in Georgian traditional medicine (GTM) as well as for developing the basis for their usage in the present day practice will be shown to elaborate principles of food product assessment paradigm.


Dr. Valida Ali-Zade

Valida Alizade

Professor, Director of ANAS Institute of Botany, Institute of Botany ANAS, Azerbaijan

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PLANT DIVERSITY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY POTENTIAL OF AZERBAIJAN

The territory and landscape of Azerbaijan are distinguished by a high level of biodiversity. The flora consists of 4500 species of vascular plants that compiles of 64% of the general list of the Caucasian plants. Not less than 10 % of the species are regarded as rare or endangered and are subject to protection. Representatives of 125 families (total number of families in the Caucasus is 156) and 930 genera (total in the Caucasus – 1286) grow in Azerbaijan. Presently, the main research area is focused on the selection of plant species tolerant to the environmental factors; cellular and molecular mechanisms of plant resistance to stress factors (salinity, drought, nutrient deficiency, pollution by heavy metals and oil products etc.); fundamental principles of high productivity of whole plants; molecular-genetic basis of production processes, plant biodiversity; introduction and creation of gene bank of useful, rare and endangered plants. More than 1500 medicinal plants and 100 new sources of valuable medicinal substances have been ascertained. The areal of the economical plants, their resources, new technologies for the obtaining of food dye, fatty oils and medicinal preparations from them are elaborated, they were industrially tested and introduced into the industry. Besides, the adverse effect of plant diseases and pathogens on crop development was studied. In the whole, the potential strategies to enhance plant productivity under stressful environments based on physiological, biochemical, molecular and genetic tools are elaborated.


Dr. Jose Neptuno Rodriguez-Lopez

Jose Neptuno Rodriguez-Lopez

Professor, Head of laboratory, University of Murcia, Spain

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EXPERIENCES ON GEORGIAN`S COLLABORATION IN EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMES

This talk describes my personal experiences with Georgian?s scientific groups in the framework of European Programmes. My collaboration with Georgian groups started under the financing of the project “Prevention of food spoilage by suppression of phenoloxidase, peroxidase and growth of pathogenic microflora by use of natural inhibitors of plant origin”, an European INTAS Network from 2001 to 2004, in which I worked as a project coordinator. The success of this project was recognized by the European Commission and it gave important results which contributed to the further development of novel research lines. Therefore, I am completely grateful to Georgian scientists and happy to collaborate in this new European project to Integrate Georgian International Cooperation Capacities in the Field of Food And Biotechnology.


Dr. Walter Steiner

Walter Steiner

Professor, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

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PREREQUISITES IN PLANNING BIO-PROCESSES

Procedure of successful bio-process development from the idea to the market will be described. Principal stages from the start the realization of the project can be divided into a number of steps beginning from the brainstorming, creative thinking and making difficult choices to the research and development as well as proper management. In connection to this, a few comments will be given to the SWOT-analysis of DIBBAUG.


Dr. Miguel A. Aranda

Miguel A. Aranda

Professor, Department of Biology of Stress and Pathology, Center for Soil Science and Applied Biology of the Segura (CEBAS)-CSIC, Spain

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A EUROPEAN (AND BEYOND) NETWORK FOR RESEARCH ON PLANT VIRUSES

Research on plant viruses is motivated by four main reasons: Plant viruses are pathogens that cause important economic losses in crops; therefore, strategies for virus control need to be developed. Plant viruses can constitute excellent probes to understand basic biological processes in plants, as well as exceptional models in evolutionary biology. And, finally, plant viruses can be important biotechnological tools, for example in bio-nano-technology. A network on research on plant viruses exist in Europe, and a coordination action, still alive, was financed in the 6th EU Framework Program. Strengthening this network is an open opportunity for third countries.


Dr. Martin Stocks

Martin Stocks

Ph.D., Business Development Manager, Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL)

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TAKING TECHNOLOGY TO MARKET

The process by which scientific developments made in the academic laboratory engender real products and processes that benefit the public and bring a commercial return, is a complex one, with many potential barriers and pitfalls along the way. Effective technology transfer is far more than filing a patent, putting a summary on a website and waiting for the phone to ring! Plant Bioscience Limited is an independent, professional technology transfer company that utilises highly experienced, scientifically-literate business professionals to develop, patent, market and commercialise new discoveries and inventions originating in academic laboratories. Using examples from the PBL portfolio, I will outline the significant advantages that a professional technology transfer organisation can bring to a public institution wishing to capitalise on the outputs of its research base.


Soraya Bernard

Soraya Bernard

European project manager, INNO TSD, France

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HORIZON 2020 OPPORTUNITIES

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