Sustainability: the breeders’ point of view

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‘From Nature to Culture: breeding ornamentals for sustainability’ is the theme of the 27th International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (Eucarpia) symposium on ornamental horticulture, which takes place between 17-20 June 2023 at the Albergo dei Poveri building of the University of Genoa, Italy.
The scientific programme includes five sessions covering biodiversity and access to genetic resources, strategies for breeding and selection of new sustainable ornamentals, new genomic techniques and ornamental plant breeding, morphogenesis (flower development and breeding), and the contribution of the breeder to sustainability in the ornamentals sector.
So far, Rodrigo Barba-Gonzalez, biologist (PhD) and senior researcher at the Plant Biotechnology Department of the Centre for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco (Mexico), Dr Edgar Krieger, Secretary-General of CIOPORA, and Flavio Sapia, nephew of the famed carnation breeder Giacomo Nobbio have been announced as keynote speakers.
There are strong ties between Genoa and ornamental horticultural; the city is famed for hosting the AIPH-approved Euroflora flower show, with its most recent edition in April last year.
During the four-day event, scientists from different countries will review current research trends, present discoveries, and make plans for future research and special projects.
For the preliminary programme, visit

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