Bridging the World through Horticulture

S34- The Second International Symposium on Date Palm

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The date palm is a major fruit crop in arid regions of the Middle East and North Africa. Date palms had a central role in traditional dessert oasis farming. Date is respected as "the tree of life” and has a special importance in the culture of the three monotheistic religions— Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. Being tolerant to the harsh conditions of desert oases, date orchards has expanded into additional arid and warm regions of the world.

In the last several decades, horticultural practices and technological development have enabled a change of the date industry from traditional farming into modern cropping systems. However, in many date growing countries, implementation of this progress is still a long on-going process. Several challenges in mechanization of horticultural practices, post-harvest technologies as well as in pest and disease control are still major problems facing the industry.

Date, as other palm species, is a monocot tree. Palm's biology differs in many aspects from that of other dicotyledonous fruit trees, causing some unique horticultural features. Recent physiological and molecular studies increase our understanding of its unique biology.

The current symposium is aimed to provide a platform and bring together scientists, producers and industry members to share and expand their knowledge and understanding on various aspects of date palm biology, to enhance horticultural practices and cultivation to enable further development of the global date palm industry.

Main themes:

  • Horticultural practices
  • Physiology, molecular biology and biotechnology of date palms
  • Biodiversity, cultivar conservation and propagation
  • Plant protection and major threatening pest and diseases
  • Post-harvest technologies
  • World trade and economics

Scientific Committee

  • Frederique Aberlenc-bertossi (IRD, France)
  • Mohammed Aziz Elhoumaizi (Morocco)
  • Jameel M. Al-Khayri (King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia)
  • Michel Ferry (Spain)
  • Dennis V. Johnson (Cincinaty, USA)
  • Robert Krueger (USDA-ARS, USA)
  • Abdelouahhab Zaid (UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs)
  • Shri Mohan Jain (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Yuval Cohen (Volcani Center, Israel)
  • Hatice İkten (Akdeniz University, Turkey)