Abstract Submission Guidelines

An author may submit more than one abstract, but acceptance of each submitted abstract for a poster presentation is contingent upon space availability.


Abstracts of both posters and oral presentations need to be submitted with the following formatting and specifications

DEADLINE: 30 July 2019


  • General Specifications:
    • Written in English 
    • Font = Times New Roman
    • Single line space
    • 12 point type size  
  • Presentation / Poster Title:
    • 40 word limit 
    • All capital letters and bold  

  • Author List and Affiliations:
    • List authors and co-authors by last (family) name and first name initial(s) only, with numbered superscript affiliation
    • Separate authors by commas
    • Underline and bold name of presenter
    • Affiliations, city, state or province, country in italics
    • Include email address of presenter, formatted as shown in example below

  • Abstract Text:
    • 350 word limit, excluding title, author list and affiliations
    • In the title capitalize only the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns,
    • Do not include figures, funding sources and references

  •  Other specifications:
    • Indicate during uploading of the abstract to which theme session the poster fits: 
      1. Regulation of transcription factors, 
      2. Epigenetic regulation, 
      3. Hormonal regulation, 
      4. Post transcriptional regulation, 
      5. Role of the environment, 
      6. Translation science to industry
      7. Miscellaneous 
    • Indicate during uploading of the abstract if the first presenter is a Young Scientist (Ph.D. student) because of the best poster and presentation prizes for Young Scientists. 
    • Indicate during uploading of the abstract if one wants their research to be considered for an oral presentation. 





Buijs, G.1, Kodde, J. 2, Groot, S.2 and Bentsink, L.1

1 Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, TheNetherlands

2 Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Contact: Gonda Buijs firstname.lastname@institute.ext


The seed life span stretches from when the seeds reach maturity on the mother plant until the seed is not viable enough anymore to germinate. At the start of the seed life span, seeds possess a genotype specific level of dormancy. A dormant seed is viable but will not germinate even though the environment is favorable. The genetic basis for seed dormancy is well defined: Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for seed dormancy have been identified (DELAY OF GERMINATION) but thus far only for DOG1 an underlying gene has been identified.

Arabidopsis thaliana is a wide-spread species of which accessions have been collected from very different natural habitats. The level of dormancy can vary tremendously between these different accessions. The accessions often used in research have low dormancy (Colombia-0, Landsberg erecta), but some accessions (Cape Verde Islands, Iberian Peninsula populations) can remain dormant for over a year during dry storage (after-ripening, AR). Studying these deep dormant accessions will aid in seed dormancy research, but is limited due to time constrains.

In seed dormancy and longevity research, treatments to artificially accelerate the seed life span are used. These treatments usually comprise storage at high temperatures and high relative humidity or fully imbibed (stratification). However, these artificial treatments do not always mimic dry seed storage (AR) at a genetic level. The alleviation of dormancy during dry seed storage is thought to be mainly caused by the oxidation of seed proteins and mRNAs. Based on the role of oxidation in the dormancy release and ageing process, we use the EPPO (Elevated Partial Pressure of Oxygen) system to accelerate dormancy release. In the EPPO system, seeds are stored under increased ambient air and thus increased oxygen pressure. EPPO has already shown to accelerate seed ageing. Here, we show that also dormancy release can be accelerated and mimicked in a non-invasive manner by the EPPO system. We used a genetics approach to reveal whether EPPO dormancy release occurs by the same mechanisms as seed dry AR.


  • General Instructions and Information for Poster Presenters
    • Poster room location: Purmerzaal 
    • Authors take care of printing their posters. 
    • Poster presenters can hang posters at any time after 8:00 on Monday, Sept. 23 
    • All posters must be removed by 14:00 on Wednesday, Sept. 25 
    • Attachment material will be available in the poster room. 
    • Please verify your Poster number, which are available in the Workshop Program and posted in the poster room (Purmerzaal)
  •  Poster Formatting Information:
    • Maximum poster size: A0 (841 mm x 1189 mm) 
    • The location of your poster will be noted on the poster boards with numbers corresponding to the numbers listed in the program. 
    • Presenters are requested to remain with their posters during their assigned poster session, which are announced in the Workshop Program 
    • Only posters officially accepted by conference program committee and listed in conference program may be displayed at conference.