|Authors: ||Y. Tüzel, The ISHS Board of Directors|
Horticultural crops are accepted as essential elements to maintain quality of life.
The diversity in horticultural genetic resources can be a tool to create an added value from both scientific and marketing points of view.
This symposium aimed to be a forum for discussions on sustainable use of genetic diversity to promote worldwide horticultural production.
The International Symposium on "Sustainable Use of Plant Biodiversity to Promote New Opportunities for Horticultural Production Development" was held in Antalya, Turkey on 6-9 November, 2001. The Symposium was held jointly by the Turkish Society for Horticultural Science (TSHS), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), Ege University Faculty of Agriculture (EUFA), Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (TUBITAK) and the CIHEAM Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh).
During the Symposium 26 oral and 17 poster communications were presented in the sessions of "collection conservation and evaluation", "utilisation", "diversity characterization" and "local genetic resources. There were 40 scientists from 16 countries.
Other activities included a guided visit to Citrus and Greenhouse Research Institute, Aspendos theatre, Ancient city of Perge, Kurşunlu Waterfall and National Park.
The Symposium and the final proceeding published as a special issue of Acta Horticulturae were realised as an output of an intense teamwork.
I would like to express my cordial thanks to:
The Scientific and Organising Committee members and the Editorial Board including
for their endless efforts.
Special thanks are due to
U. Aksoy and Dr.
for their help and support.
I wish to extend my full appreciation to the TSHS, MARA, EUFA, TUBITAK and Maich for their sponsorship. This international symposium was the first activity of the ISHS Commission on Plant Genetic Resources.
I hope that it will create a synergy to activate the Commission activities in the future.
This volume of Acta Horticulturae is the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Sustainable Use of Plant Biodiversity to Promote New Opportunities for Horticultural Production Development.
Invited and keynote speakers and selected authors of offered oral papers and posters had the opportunity to submit their manuscripts for publication in this volume of the series Acta Horticulturae.
Submitted manuscripts were reviewed by the Editors and Members of the Editorial Board and amended according to the referee suggestions prior to acceptance.
The ISHS acknowledges the cooperation received from the Editors on reviewing the manuscripts which was a significant contribution to the overall quality of the publication.
The ISHS Board of Directors