Bridging the World through Horticulture

S19- Root and Tuber Crops: Value Added Crops for the Next Generation (2nd International Symposium)

Hallname: 3B-01

Please Click ROSA link for Abstract Submission


Assist. Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Gokce
Omer Halisdemir University, Nigde, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Umezuruike Linus Opara
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Invited Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Masayoshi Shigyo
Toward repositioning Allium vegetable crops as global commodities: Opportunities and challenges for future application of omics and phytomedomics plantform to crop improvement

Root and tuber crops (RTC) including Alliums are tremendously important crops worldwide. Although RTCs are commonly consumed globally, these crops significantly contribute to household food security especially in under developed and developing countries. The RTCs, such as potato, cassava, sweet potato, yams, aroids, and cocoyam, and edible Alliceae, including bulb onion, shallot, garlic and leek, are essential to the agriculture and food security of many countries and an important diet for over 2 billion people in developing countries. RTCs are suitable to mixed cultivation farming system and may provide alternative crops for scattering risk to growers, providing new opportunities to meet global food demand and supply. Breeding, improved production, plant-soil-water and energy management, postharvest utilization as food and feed, biotechnology, omics technologies, nutritional and health value addition will be addressed to meet food preferences and to play an important role in global food security and nutrition, to provide important sources of income through direct sale and value-addition by processing for food and non-food uses. Appropriate processing technologies and business enterprise models for these crops are not readily available for potential investors.

The Symposium will provide an opportunity for the beneficiaries including scientists, growers, market players, wholesalers, private sector, consumers, policy makers from around the world to discuss and share information on scientific, cultivation, quality control, cultural and socially appropriate strategies to ensure the target beneficiaries in RTCs and Alliums. Several innovative ideas and research outcomes to solve problems through discussion and application of appropriate technologies will contribute to effective and sustainable production management to strengthen global food security and environmental protection. This symposium will deliver advances in research and development opportunities in RTC and edible Alliceae not only for developed countries but also for under developed- and developing-counties which will have a major direct impact on developing world, leading to improvement in the social and economic incomes of millions of low income people on the world. The RTC Symposium invites scientific expertise from around the world and is an opportunity to meet and share scientific knowledge with international contemporaries in a relaxed intimate location.

Main themes:

  • Breeding
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Plant, water and nutrient management
  • Biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Crop improvement and omics technologies for value added crop development
  • Food, nutrition and health values
  • Postharvest handling
  • Use for feed and industry
  • Trade and Technology commercialization
  • Innovative processing technologies and business enterprise models

Scientific Committee

  • Amirov, Bakhytbek M. (Kazakh Res. Ins. of Potato and Veg., Kazakhstan)
  • Barbara Blanco-Ulate (Dept of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis- US)
  • Dietmar Schwarz (Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops,   Germany)
  • Dyno Keatinge (Tropical Agricultural Development Advisory Services Ltd., North Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
  • Christian Borgemeister (Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Eduardo Blumwald, Dept of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis- US
  • Galmarini, Claudio (Inst. Nac. de Tecn. Agropecuaria, Argentina)
  • Galvan, Guillermo A. (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
  • Georgia Ntatsi  (Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens-Greece)
  • Ghazi Al-Karaki (Plant Science and Physiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Irbid - Jordan
  • Giuseppe Colla (Agricultural and Forestry Science,  Tuscia University, Viterbo-Italy)
  • Gokce, Ali Fuat (Ömer Halisdemir University, Turkey)
  • Hakan Fidan (Plant Protection Department, University of Akdeniz, Antalya-Turkiye)
  • Havey, Michael J. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Hidayat, Iteu M. (Indonesian Veg. Res. Inst., Indonesia)
  • Javier Lopez-Baltazar (Instituto Tecnologico del Valle de Oaxaca, Mexico)
  • Kamenetsky, Rina (Dept.of Ornamental Horticulture, Israel)
  • Keller, E.R.Joachim (Leibniz Inst. of Plant Gen. and Crop Plant Res., Germany)
  • Khrustaleva, Lyudmila I. (Russian State Agrarian Univ.-Moscow, Russia)
  • McCallum, John A. (The New Zealand Ins. for Plant and Food Res. Ltd., New Zealand)
  • McDonald, Mary Ruth (University of Guelph, Canada)
  • Mecit Halil Oztop (Department of Food Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara-Turkiye)
  • Neffati, Mohamed (Institut des Régions Arides, Tunisia)
  • Nou, Illsup (Sunchon National University, Korea)
  • Pathirana, M.G. Sudarshani P. (Field Crops Res. and Dev. Inst., Sri Lanka)
  • Rita Grosch (Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany)
  • Roni Cohen (Volcani Center, Isreal)
  • Scholten, Olga (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Shigyo, Masayoshi (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
  • Taylor, Andrew (University of Warwick, UK)