This working group includes Plant and Animal research Chairs:
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. The next workshop foreseen in Milan on 13-14 September 2023, has been postponed to an online meeting on 4th December.
EPSO news developed by this WG:
EPSO 4th Workshop ‘Addressing the Nutritional Security goal in the context of climate change’ online on 4th December 2023 – registration deadline 1.12.2023
The EPSO Working Group on Nutritional Security finalised its programme for its fourth workshop taking place online on the 4th December 2023. The food nutritional security goal foresees to ensure sufficient, safe, highly nutritious food, sustain local communities and...
Register for the 26th EPSO Plant Science Seminar on 19th October 2023 – “Plants and Nutritional Security”
The 26th Europe-wide seminar of the series supported by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and aimed at the Plant Science community and its stakeholders. TTT: The seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET). On 19th October...
National funders in the European Research Area Network on Sustainable Crop Production (SusCrop ERA-net) together with experts from science and stakeholders developed (supported by 2 workshops) the white paper on ‘Future Research Needs in Sustainable...
Relevant news from other sources:
Register for the 12th EPSO Plant Science Seminar – the 21st April 2022 seminar will focus on the “Plants’ role in Nutritional Security”
The 12th European-wide seminar of the series supported by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and aimed at the Plant Science community and its stakeholders. TTT: The seminar will be held online each third Thursday of the month at three (CET). On 21st...
EASAC: Report from European science academies calls for urgent action on food and nutrition security.
European research and innovation for Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) – FOOD 2030 Conference background document, 13.10.2016, comprising the FNS priorities NUTRITION for sustainable and healthy diets, CLIMATE smart and environmentally sustainable food systems,...
Borjana Arsova – Jülich, DE
Susanne Baldermann – IGZ, DE
Elena Bitocchi – UNIVPM, IT
Tilman Brueck – IGZ, DE
Massimiliano Corso, INRAE, FR
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 – Jülich, DE
Wolfram Weckwerth- Univ. Vienna, AT
Rebeca Fernandez – FoodDrinkEurope, BE
Sebastien Thomine – I2BC, FR
Mark Chapman – Univ. Southampton