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EPSO welcomes new President José Pío Beltrán
During the EPSO Board Meeting held on the 20th of November in Brussels, José Pío Beltrán was unanimously voted to become the new EPSO President.
José Pío Beltrán is Professor of Research at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), at the Institute for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology in Valencia, Spain. He worked at the Montana State University in Bozeman with Prof. Gary A. Strobel on host-parasite interactions and at the Max-Planck-Institüt für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung on the molecular genetic analysis of flower development with Dr.Hans Sommer and Prof. Heinz Saedler.
Current scientific interests include the genetic control of floral transition and flower and fruit development in crop plants such as tomato and various legumes. He has published over one hundred scientific papers and holds three patents based in tools to make hybrids, to develop parthenocarpic fruits and to increase the number of flowers per plant. Prof. Beltrán has been a Member of the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre of the European Union since 2003 up to date.
He was the President of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) from 2008 to 2010 and he has served at the Board of EPSO since 2011.
Beltrán believes that application of knowledge and innovation in products and services is a consequence of scientific excellence, and would like to see more applications from plant scientists to the European Research Council calls. He is committed to maintain the EPSO strategic links with the Platform Plants for the Future as well as with associations of farmers. EPSO should consolidate as the voice of plants in the European Union. He is convinced of the central role that plants will play in a European Knowledge Based Bio Economy. Beltrán will devote special attention to the participation of young plant scientists in the activities undertaken by EPSO.
Beltran participating in EPSO's Fascination of Plants Day 2013