Registration Participants:
09.00 - 09.15 Carmen González Ramos. Director of CICYTEX: Opening-Welcome
09.15 - 09.30 Prof. T. Giordani (Univerity of Pisa): Presentation of the project“FIGGEN”
09.30 - 09.45 Dr G. Usai (Univerity of Pisa): The haplotype phased genome of fig(Ficus carica L.): a crucial resource for fig breeding
10.45 - 10.00 Prof. M. López-Corrales (CICYTEX). Spanish germplasm bank andthe different production systems developed in fig tree by CICYTEX
10.00 - 10.15 Prof. A. Kuden (Çukurova University). Phenotyping analysis ofpotted fig plants exposed to drought and salt stress and adult fig genotypes
10.15 - 10.30 Prof. G. Baraket (Faculty of Sciences of Tunis - UTM). Theusefulness of the transdisciplinary approach for a sustainable commercialproduction of the fig tree in the Mediterranean region in relation to climate change.
10.30 - 10.45 Dr. Haffar Sahar (Faculty of Sciences of Tunis - UTM). Usefulnessof molecular markers in the characterization of two spontaneous and cultivatedcompartments of fig trees in Tunisia
10.45 - 11.00 Monserrat Pons i Boscana (Responsible for the fig germplasm bankof the Balearic Islands, Spain). Varieties autochthonous to the Balearic Islands:Field of Son Mut Nou.
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee-break and poster vision.
11.30 - 11.45 Dr. Paolo Belloni (Responsible for the fig germplasm bank "Igiardini di Pomona" - Italy). The Fig Germplasm Collection at Pomona Gardens
11.45 - 12.00 Prof. Dr. Oğuzhan Çalışkan (Mustafa Kemal University). Caprifig(Ficus carica var. caprificus) genetic resources in the eastern Mediterraneanregion of Türkiye.
12.00 - 12.15 Dr. Olfa Saddoud Debbabi (National Bank of Genes - Tunisia).Conservation of the genetic resources of the fig tree in Tunisia
12.15 - 12.30 Francisco Balas Torres (Head of production and R&D FIKI Europe).FIGGEN relevance for companies: an experience from Extremadura.
12.30 - 12.45 Dr. Ghassan Zahid (Çukurova University): Comparativemetabolome and transcriptome analysis of anthocyanin biosynthesis in fig (Ficuscarica L.)
12.45 - 13.00 Dr. Fateh Aljane (Institute of Arid Regions of Medenine - Tunisia):Genetic Resources of the Fig Tree in Arid Zones (Tunisia): considerable potential,diversity and impacts of Climate Change
13.15 - 13.30 Dr. Arzu Ayar (Fig Research Institute - Turkey): Studies on thegenetic diversity of female figs in the fig gene bank of Türkiye
13.30 - 14.0030 - 14.00 Discussion and conclusions

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FIGGEN is a three-year project promoted by the PRIMA programme (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Region) which aims to make the fig tree one of the most adapted and profitable crops in the Mediterranean basin in the context of climate change. The project is financially supported by the European Union and is coordinated by Professor Tommaso Giordani (University of Pisa, Italy) with the collaboration of four partners: Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC, Spain), Centro de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas de Extremadura (CICYTEX, Spain), University of Tunis El Manar (UTM, Tunisia) and University of Çukorova (CU, Turkey).

Among tree crops, the fig tree shows good adaptation to dry, calcareous and saline environments, typical of the different regions of the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. This crop has a great potential for expansion thanks to its valuable nutritional and nutraceutical characteristics and is particularly suitable for the application of sustainable agriculture based on biodiversity, such as mixed farming systems and agroforestry. Despite its importance, the fig tree has undergone little genetic improvement work and most crops in the Mediterranean region are based on local varieties that are currently under severe threat of genetic erosion due to various pests and diseases, abiotic stresses, intensive urbanisation, and monovarietal crops. FIGGEN aims to contribute to the efforts of breeding programmes by addressing crop tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses in order to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability of agricultural systems.

Breeding depends on the collection, conservation and sharing of appropriate plant genetic resources between breeders and farmers. In this sense, the project will create a participatory context involving the main actors of the value chain in a transdisciplinary approach where socio-economic knowledge and recent scientific advances in biodiversity assessment will be combined with the traditional knowledge of local private and public actors. FIGGEN aims to enhance fig biodiversity and select genotypes best adapted to the environmental conditions imposed by climate change in order to ensure the sustainability of fig resources and a sustainable production of figs in the Mediterranean basin and worldwide.

19/03/21 Tunisian partner organizes First living lab in Tunisian
More then 10 Stakeholders are invited and will participate to the event.

During this 1st Living Lab workshop, the most important functional traits fig cultivars and fruits shall possess will be identified according to stakeholders’ preferences and expectations given the constraints and opportunities offered by the local context.

Most important traits will be included in phenotyping analyses on about 130 fig genotypes stored in Tunisian collections.

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