II International Symposium on Reproductive Biology of Fruit Tree Species

February 10-13, 2025 Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research Sde Boqer, Israel 

  • Start of abstract submission:
    June 1, 2024

  • Deadline for abstract submission:
    September 15, 2024

  •  Deadline for abstract modification, if required:
    November 21, 2024

  • Deadline for full text paper submission:
    December 15, 2024

  • Deadline for full text paper modification:
    January 15, 2025


  • Start of abstract submission:
    June 1, 2024

  • Deadline for abstract submission:
    December 15, 2024

  •  Deadline for abstract modification, if required:
    January 15, 2025
  • Dormancy
  • Flower Development
  • Flower Induction
  • Fruit Set
  • Fruit Survival/Abscission
  • Horticultural Practices to Maintain Optimal Bearing
  • Non-Regular Bearing
  • Pollination/Self-Incompatibility
  • Sex Determination
  • Modelling of the Above Processes
  • Avi Sadka, The Volcani Institute (ARO)
  • Noemi Tel-Zur, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)
  • Michal Akerman, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute 
  • Giora Ben-Ari, The Volcani Institute
  • Omer Crane, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute
  • Arnon Dag, The Volcani Institute
  • Martin Goldway, MIGAL Galilee Research Institute
  • Vered Irihimovitch, The Volcani Institute
  • Avi Sadka, The Volcani Institute
  • Alon Samach, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Or Sperling, The Volcani Institute
  • Ilana Stein, Ariel University
  • Noemi Tel-Zur, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Michele Zaccai, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Anat Zisovitz, Extension Service, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Alessandro Botton, University of Padova, Italy
  • Carlos Mesejo Conejos, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Evelyne Costes, INRAE, France
  • Henryk Flachowsky, Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany
  • Thomas Kon, NC State University, North Carolina, USA
  • Eike Luedeling, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Encarnación Ortega, CEBAS-CSIC, Spain
  • Susanna Bartolini Scuola, Superiore Sant'anna, Pisa, Italy
  • Harley Smith, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
  • Erika Varkonyi-Gasic, The Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, New Zealand
  • Hisayo Yamane, Kyoto University, Japan
Only abstracts submitted in English will be reviewed.

To submit an abstract please click on the following link:

Abstracts must be submitted according to the following criteria:

Abstracts must not exceed 300 words and can not contain tables, pictures or graphs. 

Abstracts should be thoroughly checked for spelling and grammar, and all abbreviations should be spelled out on first use. 

An abstract submission charge is due upon submission of an abstract and applies to the presenting author only. For ISHS Individual members, the abstract submission charge is fully waived.

Those who do not hold a user account with ISHS yet, can create one via this link: ISHS ACCOUNT CREATION.  After payment and activation of your user account, you can start your abstract submission.

Abstracts must always be submitted by the presenting author, using their own personal ISHS user account.  Submitting an abstract on behalf of, or using the ISHS user account of another is strictly not permitted.

Abstracts must be submitted by the dates outlined above under IMPORTANT DATES and will be notified according to the dates noted in that section.  

All oral presenters, including invited and keynote speakers, must submit a manuscript for Acta Horticulturae according to the Acta Horticulturae Author Guidelines.

Oral presenters who fail to submit a manuscript for publication in Acta Horticulturae may be refused the floor to present their oral presentation.  Authors of posters are strongly encouraged to prepare and submit a manuscript for Acta Horticulturae.  

Presenting authors of abstracts accepted for presentation (both oral/poster) must register for the symposium by December 10, 2024.  Failing to register for the symposium will result in your abstract being withdrawn from the symposium program and your manuscript being withdrawn from the Acta Horticulturae symposium proceedings. 

Failing to present (oral/poster) at the symposium will result in your manuscript being withdrawn from the Acta Horticulturae symposium proceedings.  

The organizing committee encourages graduate students to participate in and present at the symposium.

Special funding, generously donated by the Monselise-Bar Akiva Memorial Fund, has been allocated to partially cover the registration fees and accommodations of about 10 students.

Request for funding should be emailed to both conveners, Avi Sadka AND Noemi Tel-Zur, no later than September 10, 2023.

Avi Sadka: vhasadka@volcani.agri.gov.il
Noemi Tel-Zur: telzur@bgu.ac.il

Brunella Morandi

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Prof. Morandi's research focuses on the fruit growth mechanisms of different crops and the effects of the environment on fruit tree physiology with the aim to develop new strategies to improve fruit quality in temperate fruit crops, especially in conditions of water scarcity and increased evapotranspiration due to climate change. She is currently involved in national and international projects addressing issues related to sustainable fruit production, fruit quality and water use efficiency.

Eike Luedeling

Head of Department Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Bonn, Germany

Prof. Luedeling teaches and performs research in horticultural sciences, with particular focus on fruit tree dormancy and holistic systems modeling. Having worked at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya for 8 years, and at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn for 4 years, he also remains interested in agroforestry and agricultural development. His research interests include climate change impacts on temperate fruit trees, as well as multifunctional agroforestry system.

Erika Varkonyi-Gasic

Science Team Leader, Plant and Food Research in Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Varkonyi-Gasic has been studying the molecular mechanisms that regulate flowering, focusing on the application of biotechnology for faster breeding of horticultural woody perennials. As a result of the work of her and her team at Plant and Food Research, gene editing was established in kiwifruit, and this is now used to study flower induction and development, sex determination, and regulation of growth and dormancy cycles, in order to generate plants better suited for the changing climate.

Evelyne Costes

Director of Research at National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRAE)

Dr. Costes is currently the Referent scientist for Europe at INRAE BAP Department as well as the Deputy Director of "AGAP Institut" in charge of plant development and adaptation. Her experience is in tree architecture and development, tree flowering and phenology, tree physiology, quantitative genetics, and statistics and modeling.

Tom Bennett

Associate Professor in Plant Signalling and Development, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Prof. Bennett is a developmental biologist and geneticist, interested in understanding how long-distance signalling within the plant body allows growth and development to be precisely regulated in both space and time. His current research group currently focuses on two main themes: on the coordination of reproductive shoot architecture and floral duration by hormonal signals and feedback from developing fruit, and on the mechanisms by which plants sense their neighbours' roots, and how this impacts shoot development.

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