International Date Palm Conference to discuss use of genetic engineering, biotechnology, tissue culture in date palm cultivation

ABU DHABI, 16th March, 2018 (WAM) — The 6th International Date Palm Conference, which will be held in Abu Dhabi from 19th to 21st March, under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will discuss the use genetic engineering, biotechnology and tissue culture in date palm cultivation.

The event’s organisers stated they have completed their preparations to host the conference, which will be held at the Emirates Palace.

Around 181 leading researchers and academics, who specialise in palm growing and date production and representing 40 countries, will participate in the three-day even and present 102 scientific papers and 79 scientific posters. Representatives of international organisations, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, FAO, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, ICARDA, the International Centre for Salt Agriculture, the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development, the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Al Foaa Company, the International Date Palm Network and the UAE Palm Friends Society, will also attend the conference.

Prof. Abdelouahhab Zayed, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Conference, said the conference is only one of an extended series of initiatives launched by the Khalifa International Prize for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, in co-operation with relevant national authorities, to promote the cultivation of date palms and creativity and innovation in this vital sector, which is a key pillar of national and international food security.

He also highlighted the desire of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa to promote efforts and initiatives that aim to increase the productivity of date cultivation and achieve maximum benefits from the date palm industry.

“During the Year of Zayed, the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation will dedicate this conference to the spirit of the nation’s founding father, who was a lover of date palms, and the pioneer of desert agriculture,” he stated.

The experience of Matrouh Governorate in implementing a sustainable development project based on the date palm ecosystem, through its partnership with the prize and the private sector in Western Siwa, Egypt, will be presented to the delegates.

Scientific sessions will also discuss red palm weevil, palm date diseases and relevant technical practices.

Organisers hope that the conference’s research, deliberations and recommendations will add to the knowledge of its participants and improve their techniques, to explore the future of the cultivation, industry and trading of palm dates in the current era, which is distinguished by evolution, progress, scientific diversity and co-operation.

The conference will be held this year in parallel wit



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