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15th International Phytotechnology Conference

Phytotechnologies and Forestry: Sustainable Approaches to Mitigating the Environmental Consequences of Climate Change

Oct 1-5, 2018
Novi Sad, Serbia

Hosted by University of Novi Sad- Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment and the International Phytotechnology Society

Since 2004, the IPS Conferences have been an opportunity for research scientists, engineers, industries, practitioners, landscape architects, and horticulturists from all over the world to present recent advances and applications in the fields of phytotechnologies. Phytotechnology represents a set of strategic uses of plants and associated microorganisms in managed landscapes to address environmental issues and provide ecosystem services. Original contributions will be presented in plenaries, in parallel sessions on dedicated specific topics, and in poster sessions. 

The 15th International Phytotechnology Conference will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment at the University of Novi Sad. Conference participants will learn about the Institute's history and research results, as well as have the opportunity to network with Institute scientists and others from Serbia and neighboring countries. 

Registration Fee

  Before Aug-1-18 After Aug-1-18
International Phytotechnology Society Members $300.00 $350.00
Non-members $350.00 $400.00
Students $250.00 $250.00

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Registration amounts are in USD currency. 

Lunches and coffee breaks throughout the Conference as well as the Field Tour and the Gala Dinner are included in the registration fees. 

Guided Tours are free. 

The pre-conference Phytotechnologies Training Workshop (see Conference Program page) will cost $25 USD. 

Host City

Novi Sad is the largest city of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, the northern province of the Republic of Serbia, as well as the seat of provincial authorities and the administrative center of the South Backa District. The city is located on the border of Backa and Srem, on the banks of the Danube River and the Great Backa Canal, the Pannonian plain and the northern slopes of Fruska Gora. There are numerous cultural and geological areas in and surrounding Novi Sad that will be very interesting to conference participants. In addition to unique Pannonian lowland ecosystems near the Danube River, there is Mt Fruska Gora, the Petrovaradin Fortress, and many monasteries. 

Venue

University of Novi Sad

Central Building; Dr Zorana Djindjica 1; 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia; www.uns.ac.rs

The University of Novi Sad, with more than 50,000 students and 5,000 employees, is one of the largest educational and research centers in Central Europe. It is considered among the group of "comprehensive" universities, which are characterized by providing nearly all fields of science and higher education. The University of Novi Sad offers around 400 accredited study programs at the Bachelor, Master, Specialist, and Doctoral levels, carried out in its Facilities and within its Centers for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies. The study programs are modern and up-to-date with the latest developments in science and research. Along with the Facilities and Centers, three Scientific Institutes have a significant role in creating a solid scientific base for the process of continuous modernization of educational opportunities.

The Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment was established by the Parliament of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in 1958 under the title The Poplar Institute. During its existence, the Institute changed its title several times- The Poplar Research Institute; The Institute for the Research of Poplars and Non-Forest Greenery; IRC Institute of Lowland Forestry and Non-Forest Greenery. SInce October 2006, the Institute has been called The Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment. The activities of the Institute are basic, developmental, and applied research, directed to the demands of the users of the research results. The Institute has realized numerous projects related to the enhancement of lowland woody species (poplars, willows, black locust, common oak, wild cherry, and valuable broadleaf species) in the area of Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republics; projects of establishment of protective greenery; forest management plans; and rehabilitation of degraded lands, with examples from the latter to be showcased at the IPS 2018 Conference. Numerous international projects are successfully realized with partners from USA and Italy.

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from the following list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. Some are within walking distance from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad and some are reachable by bus. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building at the University, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

Hotels

HOTEL ZENIT
Zmaj Jovina 8, Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Hotel Zenit- is in walking distance from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

1.20km from the venue

Rates: 34-73 EUR

http://hotelzenit.co.rs/

VOYAGER BED and BREAKFAST
Strazilovska 16, Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Voyager Bed and Breakfast- is in walking distance from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

0.50km from the venue

Rates: 40-95 EUR

http://www.voyagerns.co.rs

HOTEL CENTAR
Uspenska 1; 21000 Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Hotel Centar- is in walking distance from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

1.80km from the venue

Rates: 40-67 EUR

http://hotel-centar.rs/en/

HOTEL PARK
Novosadskog Sajma 35; 21000 Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Hotel Park- is 8 minutes by car or bus from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

3.30km from the venue

Rates: 49-77 EUR

http://www.hotelparkns.com

HOTEL ALEKSANDAR
Bulevar cara Lazara 79; 21000 Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Hotel Aleksandar- is about 7 minutes by car or bus from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

3.40km from the venue

Rates: 38-72 EUR

http://www.hotel-aleksandar.rs/

PREZIDENT HOTEL (BEST WESTERN)
Futoska 109; 21000 Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Prezident Hotel- is about 9 minutes by car or bus from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

4.10km from the venue

Rates: 60-80 EUR

https://www.prezidenthotel.com

HOTEL SHERATON NOVI SAD
Polgar Andrasa 1; 21000 Novi Sad

Participants should make hotel reservations on their own from this list of suggestions. There is no sponsored conference hotel. This hotel- Sheraton Novi Sad- is about 8 minutes by car or bus from the Conference venue at the University of Novi Sad. It is strongly recommended to make reservations early, due to the possibility of other events in the same time period in Novi Sad.

The lunches during the conference will be organized in the Central Building, which has a restaurant (canteen). Also, there are numerous restaurants with excellent food and entertainment near the University and in the city downtown area (15-minute walk from the University).

4.10km from the venue

Rates: 71-126 EUR

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=4854

Travel Information

Airports

Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport (BEG), Belgrade

95.00km from the venue

Travel by plane:

Arrive at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla International Airport (BEG) and then transfer by taxi or bus to Novi Sad (about 50 minutes). The Organizer will help arrange transportation for each participant from the airport to the hotels. For participants interested in help with the transfer from airport to hotel and back, please provide the organizers with your flight details. Send information to ips2018@uns.ac.rs

Travel by train:

Take the train from Vienna, Austria (8 hours) or Budapest, Hungary (3 hours) in the direction of Belgrade and get off in Novi Sad. The Organizer will establish an information desk at the train station in Novi Sad. 

Travel by car:

Novi Sad is easily accessible from Central and East European countries, Italy, and Greece. It is located on the international E-75 route and connected with E-70 route via Belgrade. 

Additional tourist information can be found at http://novisad.travel/en/

Program

Preliminary Program

 

Plenary Auditorium


Monday October 1st

Arrival of the participants
Phytotechnologies Training Workshop

Tuesday October 2nd

Opening of the conference, plenary and parallel sessions
Gala dinner


Wednesday October 3rd

Parallel sessions, poster sessions
IPS Society business meeting


Thursday October 4th

Parallel sessions, poster sessions
International Journal of Phytoremediation editorial board meeting
FAO IPC WP5 meeting (to be confirmed)


Friday October 5th

Field tour


Saturday October 6th

Departure of the participants



Download Full Program (PDF)

Workshops & Activities

Workshop: Phytotechnologies Training Workshop

Oct 1, 2018

Phytotechnologies are a family of primarily passive technologies that use plants to remediate or sequester contaminants in groundwater, surface water, soils or sediments.  These technologies have become attractive alternatives to conventional treatment methods due to low capital, operation and maintenance costs; aesthetic attributes; and growing acceptance by the regulatory community.


This workshop will focus on two principal categories of Phytotechnology: 
 •    Upland Phytotechnology Systems
•    Constructed Treatment Wetlands


Training will instruct attendees on conducting initial practical assessments; how to select, site and size a phytotechnology remedy; provide design and implementation guidelines; discuss Operation and Maintenance and Monitoring (OM&M) needs; and review preliminary cost considerations. The workshop will encourage interaction between the instructors and students and employ case studies to underscore the “practical” aspects of applying these technologies to successfully remediate a contaminated site or waste stream.

Cost: $25

Keynote Speakers

Prof. RNDr. Ing. Michal V. MAREK, DSc., dr.h.c.

Director of the Global Change Research Institute - CzechGlobe - Czech Academy of Sciences in Brno, Czech Republic; Professor at Mendel University Brno and technical University Bratislava, Slovakia; visiting professor at University of Science, HoCiMinh City, Vietnam; visiting professor at University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana; visiting professor at Panama University, Panama; visiting professor at Krakow Agriculture University, Krakow, Poland; visiting professor at University of Novi Sad, Serbia; Doctor honoris causa at Technical University Zvolen, Slovakia; Regular Fellow at Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences.
Main area of expertise: Ecophysiology of photosynthesis, microclimatology, Global change and forests, Carbon cycle, ecosystems energy budget, ecosystem services.
Coordinated 15 national and 12 international projects; 437 total scientific contributions, published 86 papers in impacted journals with total IF: 424 and HI: 25. Total No. of records: 2518.

Dr. Luca Sebastiani

Director of the Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy; Full Professor, Horticultural Sciences (AGR/03), Section of Agricultural Science and Biotechnology, Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa Italy; Member PhD Board “AgroBiosciences” and PhD Board “Agrobiodiversity” Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
Main areas of expertise are: (I) Physiological and molecular interactions among plants and the environmental constrains-Study of the biological and molecular mechanisms involved in woody plant’s (olive, poplar, peach, and kiwi fruit) reaction to abiotic stresses and genetic improvement strategies; (II) Fruit composition and antioxidant compounds; (III) Study of Woody plant germplasm and (IV) ICT and DSS in agriculture.
Associate editor of journal Agricultural Water Management (IF=2.848) and memder of editorial boards of journals Plant Growth Regulation (IF=2.646) and South African Journal of Botany (IF=1.427). Published 121 documents with 2319 citations and h index=27 (Scopus).

Dr. Ron Zalesny

Ron Zalesny is Supervisory Research Plant Geneticist at the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA. He has over 20 years of experience on the development of Populus species and their hybrids for bioenergy, biofuels, and bioproducts. In addition, he is currently conducting ecosystem services research on the use of Populus and other short rotation woody crops for phytoremediation, phyto-recurrent selection, and associated phytotechnologies. He serves on the editorial boards of BioEnergy Research, International Journal of Phytoremediation, and Global Change Biology – Bioenergy, as well as being Coordinator of IUFRO working group 2.08.04 (Physiology and Genetics of Poplars and Willows), Technical Secretary of the Environmental Applications Working Party of FAO’s International Poplar Commission, Board Member of the International Phytotechnology Society, and Chairperson of the Short Rotation Woody Crops Operations Working Group.

Dr. Hojka Kraigher

Prof. Dr. Hojka Kraigher is the Head of Department for Forest Physiology and Genetics and of the Research Program Forest Biology, Ecology and Technology at the Slovenian Forestry Institute. Her expertise is in physiology and ecology of forest trees and their symbionts, and in conservation of forest genetic resources. She was coordinating a European project dedicated to capacities “EUFORINNO”, and is at present coordinating a LIFE+ implementation project on development of a system for forest genetic monitoring “LIFEGENMON”. She is the authorized person by the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Food responsible for conservation of forest genetic resources and certification of the forest reproductive material, and has been the national coordinator EUFORGEN since 1997 (1995). She serves as the President of the Scientific Council for Biotechnical Sciences at the Slovenian Research Agency, and is the Scientific Advisor to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts for the field of forestry.

Abstract Submission

March 17, 2018

EXTENDED - Abstract submission date has been extended to 20 July 2018!!


The abstract submission period is now open and will close June 30, 2018. The conference theme is focused on "Phytotechnologies and Forestry: Sustainable Approaches to Mitigating the Environmental Consequences of Climate Change." The conference is being hosted by the University of Novi Sad- Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, along with the International Phytotechnology Society, and selected articles will be published in the International Journal of Phytoremediation.

EXTENDED - Abstract submission date has been extended to 20 July 2018!!


Please send your abstracts to Andrej Pilipovic at andrejp@uns.ac.rs


See you in Novi Sad!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee
15th IPS Conference


HERE IS A SAMPLE ABSTRACT (PLEASE INCLUDE TITLE, AUTHORS, PRESENTING AUTHOR WITH EMAIL ADDRESS, AFFILIATED INSTITUTIONS, THE ABSTRACT DESCRIPTION, AND KEYWORDS):


ACCUMULATION AND TRANSFER OF ENGINEERED NANOPARTICLES IN TERRESTRIAL FOOD CHAINS: CORRELATING PHYSIOLOGICAL AND MOLECULAR RESPONSE

 

J.C. White*

Department of Analytical Chemistry, CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven CT USA

 

*Presenting author- Jason.White@ct.gov

 

Abstract- The accumulation and trophic transfer of engineered nanoparticles through terrestrial food chains is being evaluated at the physiological and molecular level. In part, this work seeks to identify sensitive molecular biomarkers in plants that indicate exposure to engineered nanomaterials (ENM) and also provide mechanistic information on both toxicity and tolerance. Both transcriptomic and proteomic approaches are being used to augment conventional morphological and physiological data on plant response. Specifically, cerium oxide and lanthanum oxide bulk and nanoparticles (NP) were added to vermiculite or soil (0-1000 mg/kg) with zucchini, tomato or lettuce plants. Additionally, studies have been initiated in which lettuce was added to soil 0 or 70 d after amendment with copper oxide NP, bulk and ions (0-400 mg/kg). The response of approximately 70 identified target genes within the plants are being evaluation through transcriptomic/proteomic analyses. A systems biology approach will allow the target genes to be linked in a complex network, representing molecular pathways, cellular components and biological processes involved in plant response; this work is ongoing.  In addition, the plant Ce, La and Cu accumulation was determined by ICP-MS and leaves were fed to crickets or darkling beetles for 14 days. Crickets were then fed to secondary consumers; wolf spiders, mantids or lizards for 7 or 14 days. The Ce, La and Cu accumulation in the primary/secondary consumers and cricket/lizard feces were also measured. Results from the Ce experiment showed that zucchini Ce content was significantly greater with the NP exposure. The flowers, leaves, stems, and roots of bulk exposed plants contained 93.3, 707, 331, and 119,000 ng/g, respectively; nanoceria-exposed plants contained 153, 1510, 479 and 567,000 ng/g, respectively.  Crickets fed bulk and NP-exposed leaves contained 15 and 34 ng/g, respectively. Spiders consuming bulk-exposed crickets had non-detectable Ce but NP-fed spiders contained Ce at 4.9 ng/g. Upon lanthanum exposure, lettuce mass was reduced across all treatments but there was no difference in lettuce La content based on particle size. Although the CuO experiment is ongoing, preliminary results from pigment content/production showed no significant effects in lettuce from the two soils (0 or 70-d weathered Cu) upon Cu treatments exposure. Interestingly, expression levels of several target genes involved in Cu transport suggest that the mechanisms involved in CuO NPs accumulation are differentially regulated as compared to ionic Cu.  Additional physiological and molecular results focused on the toxicity and accumulation of Cu in plant, crickets and lizard tissues will also be presented.

 

Key words: Nanotoxicology, engineered nanomaterials, food safety, Nano-EHS  

Contact Information

Andrej Pilipovic, Ph.D.

Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment

University of Novi Sad

Antona Cehova 13; 21000 Novi Sad; Serbia

tel +381-21-540-382

mobile +381-63-458-828

andrejp@uns.ac.rs

Conference Committee

Conference Committee members from

ILFE- Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi Sad, Serbia:

Prof. Dr Saša Orlović 
Dr Andrej Pilipović 
Dr Leopold Poljaković-Pajnik 
Dr Srdjan Stojnić 
Dr Marina Katanić 
Dr Dejan Stojanović 
Dr Zoran Galić 
Dr Marko Kebert 
Dr Saša Pekeč 
Dr Milan Drekić 
Dr Branislav Kovačević 
Dr Verica Vasić 
Dr Milica Zlatković 
Dr Vladislava Galović 
Dr Lazar Kesić 
Aleksandra Novčić 
Franja Nikolin 
Snežana Rikić 

 

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