The first edition of international conference and tenth national gathering on agronomy are slated to be held in Tehran on September 3-7, 2017, bringing together researchers from more than 18 countries.
“The 1st international and 10th Iran national conference on agronomy sciences will be held in Tehran in September to review garden produce in Iran as well as the potential, challenges, strategies, international cooperation and exchange of knowhow and experiences among countries,” says Kazem Arzani, the secretary of the conference, as quoted by IANA.
The event is expected to be attended by some 40 researchers from such countries as the United States, Spain, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Thailand, Oman, France, Germany, Brazil and Belgium, as well as some 600 researchers from Iran, he added.
Among the key topics for discussion at the event, he said, will be environmental tensions, growth and protection of garden produce, domestic germ plasm, cultivation without soil, the quality of produce and green spaces.
He said the congress will include 15 specialized workshops.
Among other programs on the agenda of the conference, he added, will be scientific tours, a four-day workshop on the nutrition of fruit trees and image analysis as well as the contribution of research findings to fruit tree, informatics and medicinal herbs sectors.
He said among the topics to be reviewed during the specialized workshops will be climate change, pollution from particulate matter, the situation of germ plasm in Iran and relevant challenges.
The garden germ plasm in Iran are unique in the world, he said, adding, “The destruction of resources and Iran’s local germ plasm are among the problems which exist.”
Among other problems in supplying garden produce in Iran are shortage of water, salinity of the soil, cold weather in winter and spring seasons, pests and climate change, he added.
The official touched upon the 2.5 million hectares of orchards and over 17 million tonnes of garden produce in the country, saying, “The research sector has, so far, played a key role in supplying garden produce.”