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ISSBB-2003


Second announcement and call for

abstracts

Albacete, Spain

24-27 October 2003

International Society for Horticultural Science

Organizers:

Jose A. Fernandez (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Fikrat Abdullaev (Instituto Nacional de Pediatria, Mexico)



1 International Symposium on Saffron Biology and Biotechnology (ISSBB)



ISSBB is a forum of scientists who work on saffron. We will meet for the first time in a unique atmosphere for discussions and exchange of knowledge.

ISSBB is organised by the Institute for Regional Development (IDR) of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, Spain. The aim of the symposium is also to promote contact between junior and senior researchers involved in the development and use of saffron in different areas of science.

The ISSBB is organised under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). The 1st ISSBB will be held in Albacete, Spain from Wednesday October 24th to Saturday October 27 th 2003.

SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEES

Scientific Committee

Fikrat Abdullaev, Mexico

Gonzalo L. Alonso, Spain

N.K. Chrungoo, India

Jose A. Fernandez, Spain

Maria Grilli, Italy

Pat Heslop-Harrison, U.K.

Alireza A. Koocheki, Iran

Josef Molnar, Hungary

Hiroshi Saito, Japan

Maria Tsimidou, Greece



Local Organising Committee

Manuel Alvarez-Orti

Manuel Carmona

Lourdes Gomez-Gomez

Esperanza Martinez

Joaquin Medina

Abel Piqueras

Hans H. Riese

Angela Rubio



ADDRESSES

1. Scientific Secretariat. (registration and

inquiries about abstract submission and acceptance, bursaries):

Dr. Lourdes Gomez-Gomez

Address IDR-Biotechnology, Campus Universitario s/n, E-02071 Albacete, Spain

Tel.: 34+967599200 ext. 2612

Fax: 34+967599309

e-mail: MariaLourdes.Gomez@uclm.es

2. Organising Secretariat. (payments accommodation, special diet and accommodation requirements, transport):



Scientific Program

The program will consist of an opening lecture and four main sessions including lectures and invited presentations selected from the submitted abstracts, as well as poster exhibition and discussion. Session 1 will focus on saffron biology (botany, taxonomy, evolution, physiology, pathology, molecular biology and biochemistry). Session 2 will cover studies on saffron crop techniques, breeding and tissue culture. The relevance of food technology and other industrial applications will be discussed in session 3. The recent advances on different aspects of saffron biomedicine will be the central topic of session 4

Preliminary agenda of ISSBB 2003


Wednesday 24 (evening)


16.00-19.00

Registration and poster allocation

17.00

Meeting of the executive board of ISSBB

Wellcome

 

19.00-20.00



Wellcome by academic authority of the University of Castilla-La Mancha

OPENING REMARKS. *Jose A. Fernandez

 

 

20.30

Reception by the Major of the City of Albacete



Thursday 25

 

Session 1

Chairperson

Saffron Biology

Pat Heslop-Harrison -University of Leicester, U.K.



09.00-09.35



Saffron reproductive biology *Maria Grilli, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

 

 

09.35-10.10







 

10.10-10.45

 

Regulation of flowering in saffron and its impact on yield *N.K. Chrungoo, North Estern Hill University, Shillong, India

Biosynthesis of carotenoids in saffron *Lourdes Gómez-Gómez,

University of Castilla-La Mancha

 

 




10.45-11.15

Coffee break and poster viewing

 

 

11.15-11.50



11.50-12.25



 

 

12.25-13.25

 

13-25-13.45

Molecular cytogenetics of the genus Crocus *Pat Heslop-Harrison

 

Biological activities of flavonoids from saffron flowers *Isao Kubo, University of California, Berkeley

 

Selected oral presentation

 

Selected oral presentation

 

 




14.00-16.00

LUNCH

 

 

16.00-17.00

Poster discussion




Session 2

Chairperson

Saffron Crop Techniques, Breeding and Tissue Culture

I.A. Khan -Govt Fruit Research Center, Pithoragarh, India



17.00-17.35



Saffron cultivation techniques - *Ezzatollah Keyhani, University of Tehran

 

 

17.35-18.00





18.00-18.25

18.25-18.45

Indigenous knowledge on saffron in Iran *Alireza A. Koocheki, Ferdowsi Universityt of Mashhad, Iran

Selected oral presentation

Selected oral presentation

 

 

18.45-19.00

Coffee break

19.00-19.30



19.30-20.45















20.45-21.30

Induced mutagenic variability in saffron (Crocus sativus). *I.A. Khan

Panel Discussion: Tissue culture and in vitro technologies for saffron improvement *Moderator: Hasan Vurdu, (Gazi University, Turkey); Panel Members: Ashok Ahuja (CSIR, Jammu, India), Abel Piqueras (CSIC, Murcia, Spain), G.A. Ravishankar, (CFTRI, Mysore, India),

Poster viewing and discussion




22.00

DINNER



Friday 26


Session 3

Chairperson

Food technology and other industrial applications

Moschos Polissiou -Agricultural University of Athens



09.00-09.35



On the contribution of colorants to commercial quality of saffron - Maria Tsimidou _Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece




 

09.35-10.10

_Indian saffron _chemistry and technology  _S. G. Agarwal, CSIR, Jammu, India

 

 




 

10.10-10.45



10.45-11.15

?_G. Alonso, University of Castilla-La Mancha

Coffee break and poster viewing

 

 

11.15-11.50





11.50-12.25





12.25-12.45

12.45-13.05

13.05-13.25

13.25-13.45

_Chemical composition of saffron: new methods of analysis  _M. Polissiou

Decontamination of saffron (Crocus sativus) by electron beam irradiation _Hamid B. Ghoddusi, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

 

 

 

Selected oral presentation

Selected oral presentation

Selected oral presentation

Selected oral presentation

 

 




 

14.00-16.00

LUNCH

 

 




 

16.00-17.00

Poster discussion

 

 

17.00-18.30

Selected oral presentations

 

 

Room table

Discussion Leader

 

Industrial Perspectives

Jean M. Thiercelin - tradimpex jm thiercelin, La Queue en Brie, France

18.30-20.30

Participants of saffron companies






 

 

21.00

DINNER



 

Saturday 27

 

Session 4

Chairperson

Saffron Biomedicine

Jozsef Molnar *University of Szeged, Hungary



08.00-08.45



Present status of saffron (Crocus sativus Linn.) in etnomedicine an overview *J.N. Govil, IARI, New Delhi,, India

 

 

08.45-9.20

Effects of saffron extract and its component crocin on learning and long-term potentiation *Hiroshi Saito, Tokyo

 

 




9.20-9.50

 

9.50-10.20 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.20-10.50


 

10.50-11.10

11.10-11.30

Effect of water-soluble saffron flowers on a number of functions of eyesight organs under retina-degeneration *F. Gasimov, Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences, Baku

Coffee break. Poster viewing and discussion

Effect of saffron on serum lipids, platelet aggregation and as antioxidant a study in man *Arun Bordia, Tagore Medical College, Udaipur, India

Selected oral presentation

Selected oral presentation

11.30-13.30

Panel Discussion: Antitumor effects of saffron compounds *Moderator: Fikrat Abdullaev; Panel Members: Joseph Molnar, J.N. Govil, Petros Tarantilis, Hans H. Riese (Pharma Gen, Madrid) Julio Escribano (University of Castilla-La Mancha),

13.30-14.00

Closing Comments - Fikrat Abdullaev

14.00-16.00

LUNCH

16.00-21.00

Excursion: Saffron Festival (Santa Ana, Albacete)

 

 

21.30

SYMPOSIUM BANQUET

ABSTRACTS

Submission deadline 15 May 2003.

Registered participants are invited to submit abstract(s) of their recent scientific work. In addition to the main topics of the symposium, abstracts related to any relevant area of saffron research can be submitted. Receipt of the abstract will be acknowledged by e-mail. All abstracts will be refereed by the Scientific Committee and Session Chair and a criterion for rejection will be lack of originality. Abstract submission should follow the instructions and be filled into the forms which can be downloaded from the web page. Abstracts should be submitted either through the website or by e-mail to the Scientific Secretariat. The Scientific Committee will invite authors of selected abstracts to present their results orally (20 min). Notification to authors will be given in early July. Abstract submission requires registration of the participant.

PROCEEDINGS

The proceedings of the meeting will be published by the ISHS in its series Acta Horticulturae. Instructions to the Authors are available on the website www.actahort.org/. Alternatively they can be sent to authors of accepted abstracts upon request. Papers must be submitted during the meeting and will undergo regular peer review.

EXHIBITION

A commercial exhibition will take place during the four days of the conference. Companies interested in booking space should contact the Organising Secretariat by e-mail or fax to make the reservation.

ESTIV BURSARIES

Submission deadline 1 June 2003.

ISSBB will consider requests for financial assistance to attend symposium from students or young scientists in educational or non-profit research organisations. Requests from Eastern Europe are welcome. The criteria for eligibility are included in the application form. This financial assistance is subjected to external grant and industry support. At present, the availability of such funds cannot be guaranteed.

SAFFRON SOCIETY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Saffron Society First Organising Assembly will be held during the symposium.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Attendance is limited to 100 participants (fully registered). Registration will be accepted on the basis first come, first served. Fill the attached Registration Form and return it to the Scientific Secretariat by e-mail. Within the following 10 days, payment should be made either by bank transfer or by credit card: send a copy of the bank transfer, or your signed authorisation on the Registration Form to the Organising Secretariat, to charge your credit card account. Alternatively, you can early register on-line following the instructions on the ISSBB website and send the signed Registration Form within the following 10 days. Your registration will be acknowledged by the Organising Secretariat. Registration includes attendance at the scientific events, 4-nights accommodation in a single/double room, full board, mid-session refreshments, social events, VAT, abstract book.

Deadline for registration: 15 April 2003. After this date a surcharge of 100 will be added.

VENUE



The venue will be Albacete, a city located in Spain, between Madrid and Alicante (also Valencia). The hotels and the conference venue are at 15-20 minutes on foot from the centre.

Accommodation. Participants will be accommodated in double rooms or double rooms/single use. There is a limited number of single rooms. The Organising Committee encourages participants to share rooms with other colleagues, whenever possible.

Transport. Albacete can be easily reached from Madrid either by rail or by car.

By rail: Metro train connections run between Madrid airport and main railway stations Chamartin or Atocha, every 5 minutes (ticket: 1). From here Alaris, Talgo or Altaria trains Madrid-Albacete leave almost every hour (timetable will be sent) and the ticket costs about 24. The trip to Albacete lasts 2h. Here you will find taxi service that will take you to your hotel. Frequent trains from the cities of Valencia and Alicante are also available ( 18).

By car: Albacete can be reached along the A-III toll highway (Madrid-Valencia) till Onrubia where it joins the highway N-301 to Albacete.

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS

Substitutions of registered participants by other participants can be made at any time providing you give clear instructions to the Scientific Secretariat (MariaLourdes.Gomez@uclm.es) and the Organising Secretariat (...@....).

Full refund (minus a 10% administration charge) will be possible if cancellation is notified before September 1, 2003. Before October 1, 2003, 50% refund will be given. After this date, regrettably no refund will be possible.

ISSBB 2003 COMPUTER LINKS

Bookmark the conference website (http://www. .........) to get additional information on the site of the venue and to keep updated with the latest information on the symposium.

Direct E-mail link to the Conference Organisation will allow a quick and easy submission of abstracts, registration and download of application forms.