Bugs, epialleles and ancient vines: a multi-omic view on wine quality

Event type: 
16 November 2018
3pm - 4pm

Mathews Theatre D, UNSW

Dr Carlos Rodriguez Lopez
University of Kentucky
Dr Lee Ann Rollins

Grapevine is one of the most important fruit crops, both for fresh consumption and for wine production. Abiotic and biotic factors have a significant impact on fruit traits that ultimately affect wine quality. My research on grapevine capitalizes on the integration of genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, phenotypic and environmental datasets to understand how fruit quality and yield are controlled at a molecular level in grapevine in response to environmental cues. In this talk I will discuss our recent findings on the contribution that soil microbiomes and plant age have on fruit and wine quality. I will also consider the potential application of epigenetic priming to enhance grapevine tolerance to abiotic stress.

Bio: Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Lopez leads the Environmental Epigenetics and Genetics Group at the University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture. He is originally from the Canary Islands (Spain), where he graduated in Biology (Botany) at the University of La Laguna. Carlos did his postgraduate studies (Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology and Ph.D. in Agricultural Botany) at the School of Plant Sciences at the University of Reading (England, United Kingdom). Since then he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia (IBV-CSIC, Spain), the Royal Botanical Garden (Madrid, Spain), the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University (Wales, United Kingdom) and the School of Agriculture Food and Wine (AFW) at the University of Adelaide (Australia). His current research is focused in the field of environmental genomics including plant/microbiome and epigenome/environment interactions in crop and wild species. Carlos is also interested in biomarker discovery for human health, forensics, agriculture, food quality and security.