Angelo SantinoCNR – ISPA-Lecce, IT Monika Schreiner – IGZEV, DE & Chiara Tonelli – Univ Milano,IT

This working group includes Plant and Animal research Chairs:

Odd Arne Rognli – NMBU, NO – Iain Donnison  & Alison Kingston-Smith – – IBER, Univ of Aberystwyth, UK


This Working Group will address one of the most important challenges for the next fifty years – to reduce the impact of chronic disease.

The worldwide spread of unhealthy eating practices is increasing alarmingly and experts warn of increased mortality from associated chronic diseases. Diets rich in plant-based foods are strongly associated with reducing these risks. However, as yet, the constituents in plants that promote health have proved difficult to identify with certainty, thereby making the precision of dietary recommendations uncertain.

Scientists want to contribute. It is essential for plant scientists to build multidisciplinary interactions with researchers in nutrition and chronic diseases pathology in order to contribute novel insight into which foods reduce the risk of chronic disease and how these foods work to impact human health and reduce some of the complexity of the diet-health relationship. This was the focus of the EPSO workshop “Plant Pigments and Human Health” on May 2011, which was highly appreciated by all participants and gave rise to this working group.

In particular, plant biochemistry can make significant contributions to the identification and measurement of many metabolites in plant-based foods, especially phytonutrients known to promote health. From this, plant genetics and metabolic engineering can be used to make foods that differ only in their content of specific phytonutrients.


Workshop to discuss contributions from plant science to Food 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals at large. The next workshop will be in Spring 2022 in Lecce (Italy).

EPSO news developed by this WG:

EPSO online Workshop ‘Addressing the Nutritional Security challenge is a strategic issue for Europe under COVID-19 pandemic’, 15-16.6.2021 – offer talks by 30.4.2021 and register by 15.5.2021

The EPSO Nutritional Security Working Group will discuss about the latest (bio)technologies which can contribute to define a new roadmap focused on `How to achieve the Nutritional Security issue in Europe´. The meeting intends to increase collaborations between the...

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Borjana Arsova – Julich, DE

Susanne Baldermann – IGZ, DE

Elena Bitocchi – UNIVPM, IT

Tilman Brueck – IGZ, DE

Araceli Diaz-Perales – CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC), ES

Theresa Fitzpatrick – University of Geneva, CH

Manuel Gonzalez-Guerrero – CBGP (UPM-INIA/CSIC), ES

Alain Goossens – VIB, BE             

Trine Hvoslef-Eide – Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, NO

Caroline Labrie – WUR, NL

Antonio Masi – Univ. Padova, IT

Claudia Nunes dos Santos – ITQB, PT

Karin Metzlaff – EPSO

Deborah Pacetti – UNIVPM, IT

Francesco Paolocci – CNR-IGV-Perugia, IT

Katia Petroni – Milano University, IT

Roberto Pinton – Università degli Studi di Udine, IT

Giuseppe  Puglia, CNR, IT

Angelo Santino – CNR – ISPA-Lecce, IT

Monika Schreiner – IGZ, DE

Carmen Socaciu – Cluj University, RO

Derek Stewart – Hutton Institute, UK

Chiara Tonelli – Milano University, IT

Bjorn Usadel – Julich, DE

Olaf van Kooten – Wageningen University, NL


Rebeca Fernandez – FoodDrinkEurope, BE