Angelo SantinoCNR – ISPA-Lecce, IT Monika Schreiner – IGZEV, DE, Chiara Tonelli – Univ Milano,IT,& Theresa Fitzpatrick – Univ. Geneva, CH

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 held in Milan in September 2023. Please contact the Working Group Chairs if you wish to attend. 

EPSO news developed by this WG:

EPSO statement on Nutritional security & announcement of 4th Workshop ‘Addressing the Nutritional Security goal in the context of climate change’ in Milan on 13-14 September 2023 – registration deadline 20.6.2023

  The EPSO Working Group on Nutritional Security finalized its statement on Nutritional Security and has the pleasure to announce its fourth workshop to take place in Milan / IT on 13-14 September 2023. Nutritional Security Statement:  Plant research and...

Contributions from plant research & innovation on the past, present & future of the European Research & Innovation Framework Programmes 2014-2027

EPSO welcomes the European Commission consultation and provides input on the achievements and suggests where improve Horizon Europe and the next Framework Programme (FP) to have a higher impact.  The European Research and Innovation FPs are crucial to enable...

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Susanne Baldermann – IGZ, DE

Elena Bitocchi – UNIVPM, IT

Tilman Brueck – IGZ, DE

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

Theresa Fitzpatrick – Univ. Geneva, CH

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

Alain Goossens – VIB, BE   

Trine Hvoslef-Eide – Norwegian Univ. Life Sciences, Ås, NO

Caroline Labrie – WUR, NL

Antonio Masi – Univ. Padova, IT

Karin Metzlaff – EPSO

Edward Muntean,  USAMV Cluj Napoca, RO

Joan Narciso, ETHZ, CH

Claudia Nunes dos Santos – ITQB, PT

Deborah Pacetti – UNIVPM, IT

Francesco Paolocci – CNR-IGV-Perugia, IT

Katia Petroni – Univ. Milano, IT

Roberto Pinton – Univ. Udine, IT

Giuseppe  Puglia, CNR, IT

Angelo Santino – CNR – ISPA-Lecce, IT

Teresa Serra  – IBET, PT

Monika Schreiner – IGZ, DE

Carmen Socaciu – Univ. Cluj, RO

Derek Stewart – Hutton Institute, UK

Chiara Tonelli – Univ. Milano, IT

Bjorn Usadel – Julich, DE



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Sebastien Thomine – I2BC, FR

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