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I Spanish Symposium on Cereal Physiology and Breeding

08 February 2018

I Spanish Symposium on Cereal Physiology and Breeding

The FiRCMe Network on Yield and Quality Physiology for Cereal Breeding and CIHEAM'S Network on Legumes and Cereals have jointly organised the I Spanish Symposium on Cereal Physiology and Breeding. This symposium is open to the whole Mediterranean scientific community interested in these topics, although contributions from non-Mediterranean countries are also welcome.

FiRCMe (Spanish abbreviation for: Yield and Quality Physiology for Cereal Breeding) is a Network of Scientific Excellence funded by the Spanish Research Agency, which connects Spanish research groups internationally renowned in the fields of physiology and/or cereal breeding. The core objective of the Network is to develop activities that maximise the understanding of physiological and genetic factors that determine yield (potential yield and yield in adverse conditions) and quality (functional and nutritional) of major cereals, thus contributing to their genetic improvement. To this effect, the Network conducts different actions to promote communication, research and internationalisation in the research groups. The aim of CIHEAM’s Network on Legumes and Cereals is the periodical exchange of information and research results on quality criteria and adaptation of these crops of fundamental importance in the Mediterranean.

The aim of this symposium is to create a productive space for the exchange and strengthening of synergies among scientific communities working in the areas of Physiology, Genetics and Cereal Breeding. The cooperation and synergies between Spanish and international research groups in these fields will enhance the multidisciplinarity, impact and internationalisation of their existing research activity in search for solutions for global agriculture and particularly for agriculture in the Mediterranean. Therefore, this event could facilitate the establishment of consortiums which could potentially take part in the Euro-Mediterranean initiative Partnership in Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), focused on the sustainable management of water and of agro-food systems.

The symposium will be held at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) in Spain on 9 and 10 April 2018. The deadline for submiting abstracts is 21 March 2018 (only abstracts submitted before 28 February will be considered for oral communications). Note that the official language for the symposium will be English. Therefore, all oral presentations, posters and discussions should be in this language.

The Scientific and Organising Committee of the I Spanish Symposium on Cereal Physiology and Breeding consists of:

  • Ana Casas (EEAD, CSIC)
  • Ernesto Igartua (EEAD, CSIC)
  • Ignacio Romagosa (AGROTECNIO & UdL)
  • Gustavo Slafer (AGROTECNIO & UdL)
  • Ramzi Belkhodja (IAMZ, CIHEAM)

The Coordination Council of FiRCMe comprises representatives of each of the Network member groups: Nieves Aparicio (ITACyL), Iker Aranjuelo (CSIC/UPNA-IdAB), José L. Araus (UB), Patricia Giraldo (UPM), Ernesto Igartua (CSIC-EEAD), Rosa Morcuende (CSIC-IRNASA), Alejandro Pérez (IFAPA), Elena Prats (CSIC-IAS), and Gustavo Slafer (AGROTECNIO, UdL).

For more information visit the Symposium Website.