Catania. The Group was then welcomed by the Dean of the University of Catania, Prof. Agatino Russo, and by the Delegate for international relations, Prof. Carmelo Rapisarda, who described the activities of the Faculty of Agriculture (presentation available online). The National Coordinator for plant genetic resources (PGR) in Italy, Prof. Carlo Fideghelli, welcomed the delegates and expressed his appreciation for the role of and actions of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), including its positive effects in stimulating cooperation within Italy among the PGR researchers. Dave Astley, Coordinator of the ECPGR Vegetables Network (VEGNET), thanked the Italian National Coordinator for his presence and the local hosts for their organization. He reminded the members that the meeting is an opportunity to exchange and receive information. He warmly thanked all the members of the ECPGR Secretariat for their excellent work behind the scenes. He wished to dedicate this meeting to Cesar Gómez-Campo who passed away this year and who was a very active collaborator of the Brassica Working Group (WG), as well as a friend to many members of the Vegetables Network. He reminded participants that the objective of this meeting is to try to make “A European Genebank Integrated System” (AEGIS) work, by making sure that all the members understand what it is, how it should operate and also understand its technical and scientific concepts, as well as the responsibilities of each member within their country and as a member of the Network. He stressed the informality of the meeting. Well-informed WG members will help the good operation of AEGIS within their own countries. AEGIS will be able to function only if it is able to work at all levels, with good connections between networks, national systems and the ECPGR Secretariat. WGs will also have an opportunity to meet in separate sessions and update and review their plans for Phase VIII of ECPGR and be better equipped to carry out their workplans for the next years. He also announced that as of the end of this meeting he would resign as the Coordinator of the Network.
|Titolo:||Report of a Vegetables Network. Third Meeting, 10-12 November 2009, Catania, Italy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||7.1 Curatela|