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Laboratory for gene technologies in potato growing

About Laboratory

Grant Agreement No.:  14.W03.31.0003

Project name: New functions of the cell nucleus and complex resistance of potato plants to disease and physiological stress

Name of the institution of higher learning: Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Fields of scientific research: Agricultural biotechnologies

Project goal: 

The major goal of this project is therefore to produce comprehensive knowledge, develop new tools and identify key target genes to tackle the serious constraints posed by multiple stresses to potato crop productivity. The project will focus on the new defence functions and processes in the cell nucleus, which has recently been proposed to be a central hub for coordinating the biotic and abiotic stress responses. We will investigate the combined effect caused by viral (potato virus Y, PVY) and bacterial (Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus, Cms) pathogens and heat stress on potato, in order to aid the development of mitigation and breeding programmes.

Leading scientist

Michael Taliansky 0 

Talianski Mikhail Emmanuilovich


Date of Birth: 09.10.1949

Citzenship: Russia, United Kingdom

Academic degree and title: D.Sc. Biol. Virology

Job Title: The James Hutton Institute (since 1994)

Field of scientific interests: 

Plant virology

a. Interaction of plant viruses with the nucleus and sub-nuclear structures

b. Virus movement

c. Structure and architecture of viruses

Plant cell and molecular biology

a. Biotic and abiotic stress

b. Programmed cell death

Plant biotechnology

d. Engineering resistance to plant viruses and tolerance to abiotic stress

e. Plant-based platform for production of vaccines and diagnostic tools

f. Virus-based bionanotechnology

Academic recognition:  

Visiting Professor: University of Edinburgh 2008- present.

 Adjunct Professor in Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia 2001-present.

 UK Research Councils’ Individual Merit Promotion to Band IM3, 2003/2008 -present

 Chairman of SCRI Innovation Fund panel 2003-2009.

 Member of the International Advisory Board for the third international conference on Plant Vascular Biology 2012- 2013 (PVB).

 Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Plants 2013-present

 Review Editor of Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interaction 2011-present

 Review Editor of Frontiers in Virology 2011-present

 Member of Editorial Board of ISRN Virology 2011-present

 Review Editor of Frontiers in Plant Physiology 2011-present

 Member of Editorial Board of Journal of General Virology 2001-2007.

 Invited Principal Investigator on a project funded by Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation at the Moscow State University. The cell nucleus: molecular functions and plant protection. 2010-2011.

 Invited Principal Investigator on a project funded by Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation at the Advanced Technologies Center. 2012-2013

 Grant Assessor for BBSRC, L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), the National Science Foundation, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (1995-present)

 EU FP7 expert 2008.

 External examiner for Doctoral Dissertation: Vienna University, Austria (2007); University of Edinburgh (2010); University of Strasbourg (2011, 2015); University of East Anglia (2012), University of Manchester (2013), University of Cambridge (2013); University of Helsinki (2016); University of Bordeaux (2016); Member of Dissertation Evaluation Committee; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden (2007).

 Russian State Prize in Science and Technology (the highest scientific national award in Russia). 1994

 Member, Society for General Microbiology

 Member, British Society for Plant Pathology

 A recipient of the Royal Society and Royal Society of Edinburgh, travel awards (2001- present)

 Journal Referee, c. 20 refereed journals

 More than 40 invited and plenary lectures

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