Conference program

The 2nd Annual Meeting of the FA1006-COST Action "Plant natural Products: From science to bioproductswill take place at Cluj-Napoca (Romania), from 26th to 28th of September 2012. The program will consist in a few invited lectures and some selected oral presentations. We especially encourage young researchers to talk about their results. The meeting is also open to non-members of the COST action.

Venue: Institute of Life Sciences (ISV)  at USAMV Cluj-Napoca, str. Manastur 3-5

Wednesday, 26th of September 2012


Registration (Hall, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca)



Welcome reception, Agronomia Restaurant,Calea Moţilor, Nr. 74-76.


Thursday, 27th of September 2012



Registration and poster setup
(Hall, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca)



Welcome address, Green amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca.



Current state of COST Action FA1006 - PlantEnigne

Heribert Warzecha


SESSION 1: “Application of PNPs”

Green amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca

Session Chair: Carmen Socaciu

9:15 – 10:00

Engineering phenylpropanoid production for healthier tomatoes

Cathie Martin


Natural polymer-based microcapsules containing plant Natural products (PNPs): gelling technology, coating and applications

Carmen Socaciu


Cytotoxic effects of indole alkaloids and trans-resveratrol obtained from elicited plant cell cultures on human acute leukemia cell lines

Maria-Angeles Pedreno

10:40 – 11:00

Enhanced biosynthesis of antitumoral abietanic diterpenes by MEP isoprenoid precursor pathway engineering in Salvia sclarea hairy roots

Antonella Leone

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break



SESSION 2: “Novel  technologies and targets

Green amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences

Session Chair: Oliver Kayser


Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents (NADES)

Rob Verpoorte

12:15 – 12:35

Saffron as a colourful and sweet metabolic tool

Lourdes  Gomez-Gomez

12:40 – 13:00

Improve pigmentation and  fragrance in Arabidopsis thaliana and  Petunia hybrida by elevated levels of aromatic amino acids

Michal Oren-Shamir


Lunch (Institute of Biodiversity, USAMV Cluj-Napoca) and
Posters ( Hall, Institute of Life Sciences)


14:30 – 15:15

Terpenoid indole alkaloid pathway elucidation and engineering in Catharanthus roseus

Johann Memelink

15:15 – 15:35

Metabolic engineering in the frame of SmartCell

Heiko Rischer

15:35 – 15:55

GoldenBraid 2.0: A comprehensive toolkit for modular DNA assembly in Plant Metabolic Engineering.

Diego Orzaez

15:55 – 16:30

Coffee break


16:30 – 17:30

General discussion – How to use COST to introduce novel technologies?


17:30 – 19:00

Poster session


19:00 – 22:30

Wine testing and dinner, Transylvania House, SORA City Center


Friday, 28th of September 2012


SESSION 3: “Biocatalysis”

Green  amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca

Session Chair: Ludger Wessjohann

09:00 – 9:20

Facile and regioselective methylation of aromatic compounds by O-methyltransferases

Anne-Katrin Bauer

9:20 – 9:40

AtCPT6 – a novel cis-prenyltransferase from Arabidopsis thaliana involved in medium-chain polyisoprenoid synthesis

Ewa Swiezewska

9:40 – 10:00

Phylogenetic reconstruction of Family 1 UDP-glycosyltransferases: towards a better functional prediction and potential applications

Stefan Martens


Presentations of STSM candidates


10:00 – 10:15

Expression and metabolic analysis of the early terpenoid genes involved in the Terpenoid Indole Alkaloid (TIA) pathway in transgenic tobacco plants

Bruna Miralpeix

10:15 – 10:30

Native carotenoids, tocopherols and chlorophyll derivatives in raspberries: evolution during ripening and composition in ripe fruits of different varieties

Elisabete Carvalho

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break


11:00 – 13:30

SESSION 4 „New members and activities”: Green amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca

Session Chair: Heribert Warzecha

11:00 – 11:40

New NON COST members presentations 

Cara Mortimer

11:40 – 12:10

Report from the Training School on metabolomics in London

Marit Almvik

12:10 – 12:40

Report from the WG1 meeting,  Challenges in data handling and interpretation ”

Heribert Warzecha

12:40 – 13:30

Discussion: further development of PlantEngine


13:30- 15:00

Lunch and posters
(Hall, Institute of Life Sciences, USAMV Cluj-Napoca)





15:00 – 18:00

Management Committee meeting

Green Amphitheater, Institute of Life Sciences

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break





20:00- 24.00

Farewell dinner (Napoca Restaurant, Octavian Goga str. , nr 1).





Saturday,  29th of September 2012

A 10 hrs excursion will be organized  to Transylvania region (visit of  Sighisoara medieval city - a UNESCO World Heritage ( details in ) and Saline Turda, Please contact the local organizer for details. Cost: 35 EURO.