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1st training school on Vegetable grafting
Catania, Italy, 23rd–26th September 2014

 1st training school

 Presentation of results (MC Meeting in Lisboa 21of October).pdf

The duration of the 1st Training School is 4 working days. The general aim of the school is strengthening the education of young researchers in the Action issues, in order to foster collaboration and cooperation in Science and Technology. The specific aim of this school is to give an insight as well as to provide a practical experience on genetic resources, rootstock-scion interactions, resistance to stresses, effects on yield and quality. There is a maximum of 15 trainee grants available.

Besides the understanding of theoretical aspects, on completing the course, the students will carry out practical activity related to the evaluation of plant physiological status (e.g.: collect xylem and phloem saps from grafted plants, assay xylem sap for osmotic and ionic status; determine rootstock effects on leaf water relations) and of produce quality (e.g.: soluble solids and titratable acidity analysis, firmness evaluation, colour measurement, etc.)



Tuesday 23rd September

08.00 – 09.00: Arrival and registration

09.00 – 09.30: Introduction of the School

09.30 – 13.30: First session - Vegetable grafting to enhance the resistance to biotic and abiotic stress

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 18.30: Second session - Genetic resource and biotechnological breeding strategies to generate new rootstocks

Wednesday 24th September

09.00 – 13.00: Third session - Rootstock-scion interactions and graft compatibility

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 18.00: Fourth session - The role of rootstock to improve fruit quality

18.00 – 19.00: Team work and discussion to share experience and clarify doubts

Thursday 25th September

09.00 – 13.00: Fifth session - The Experience of a nursery

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 18.00: Sixth session - The experience of a seed companies

18.00 – 19.00: Team work and discussion to share experience and clarify doubts


Friday 26th September – Field experience

08.00 – 10.00: Transfer from Catania to Ragusa province

10.00 – 12.30: Practical activity within one of the most important company specialized in the production of solanaceae and cucurbitaceae, standard and grafted.

12.45 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 18.00: Technical visits to vegetable farms specialized in the cultivation of grafted plants

18.00 – 20.00: Transfer from Ragusa to Catania

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