Programme and presentations


12 MAY
9:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 11:00 Opening ceremony
Mohammed Sadiki. Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco
Taoufik Benziane. Director of ENA Meknès
Ignacio Romagosa. Director of IAMZ-CIHEAM
CMercè Rovira. Coordinator of FAO-CIHEAM Network on Nuts
Meeting Convener – Ossama Kodad (ENA Meknès, Morocco)
11:00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00 Introductory presentation:
GREMPA: A useful initiative for cooperation in almond research. Rafael Socías i
Company (CITA, Spain)
12:00 – 13:00 Visit to the almond germplasm collection of ENA Meknès
13:00 – 15:00 Visit to posters and lunch
15:00 – 18:00 Session 1. Genetic Resources. Cultivars
Moderator: Federico Dicenta (CEBAS-CSIC, Spain)
Secretary: Azza Chelli Chaabouni (INRAT, Tunisia)
15:00 – 15:20 Introductory presentation by the Session moderator Download presentation
15:20 – 16:20 Oral presentations (10 min. each)
  1. Paternal eeffects on nut characteristics of some almond cultivars. Izzet Acar (Harran Univ., Turkey) Download presentation
  2. Performance of the CITA almond releases and some elite selections. José Manuel Alonso (CITA, Spain) Download presentation
  3. Morphometric features of local and foreign female pistachio varieties and ecotypes in the North-eastern Tunisia conditions. Azza Chelli Chaabouni (INRAT, Tunisia) Download presentation
  4. Self-compatibility sources and sources of variation in advanced almond introgression lines. Thomas Gradziel (University of California Davis,USA) Download presentation
  5. Genetic characterization of almond (Prunus dulcis) cultivars and natural resources. Julia Halasz (Corvinus Univ. of Budapest, Hungary) Download presentation
  6. The expression of the Sfa-allele in homozygote SfaSfi genotypes indicates a stylar mutation as the origin of self-compatibility in almond. Ossama Kodad (ENA, Morocco)
16:20 – 16:50 Coffee break
16:50 – 18:00 Discussion on Session 1
20:30 Social dinner
13 MAY
9:00 – 13:00 Parallel activities (participants may choose one of the following activities)
Technical trip. Almond plantation and visit to “Chateau Rhozlane” near Meknes
Workshop: “The almond and pistachio crops in Morocco in a changing international context”. This workshop, addressed to the Moroccan almond and pistachio industry, aims to generate a discussion on the current situation and perspectives of the two crops in Morocco, profiting from the presence of international experts who will present their experiences in their own countries
9:00 – 9:20. Introductory presentation. Bahaji J (Direction de l’Enseignement, de la Formation et de la Recherche, Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche Maritime).
9:20 – 11:30. Oral presentations
  1. The almond crop in the USA. Current situation and challenges for the future. Thomas Gradziel (University of California Davis, USA) Download presentation
  2. Pistachio production and industry in Turkey: current status and future perspectives. Beckir Erol Ak and Serpil Karadag ( Turkey) Download presentation
  3. The almond sector in Spain. Synergies between the public and private sectors for the development of the crop. Rafael Socías i Company (CITA, Spain)
  4. Pistachio culture and industry in Tunisia. Current situation and future axes of improvement. Mohamed Ghrab (Institut de l'Olivier, Tunisia) Download presentation
  5. Challenges for almond cropping in Morocco. Ali Lansari (consultant, Morocco) Download presentation
  6. Projet de développement de la filière des amandiers dans la région de l’Oriental, Maroc. Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche Maritime / CTB Maroc Download presentation
11:00 – 12:00. Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00. Discussion and recommendations
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Session 2. Genetic Resources. Rootstocks
Moderator: María José Rubio (CITA, Spain)
Secretary: Henry Duval (INRA, France)
14:00 – 14:20 Introductory presentation by the Session moderator Download presentation
14:20 – 15:00 Oral presentations (10 min. each)
  1. Impact of osmotic drought stress on carbon isotope discrimination and growth parameters in three pistachio rootstocks. Ali Esmaeilpour (Ghent University, Belgium) Download presentation
  2. Field evaluation of new rootstocks for almond. Xavier Miarnau (IRTA, Spain) Download presentation
  3. Assessment of control pollinated progenies as almond rootstocks. Saloua Mselmi Taoueb (INRAT, Tunisia) Download presentation
  4. Morphological variation in the Pistachio terebenth tree (Pistacia terebinthus L.; Anacardiaceae). Safia Belhadj (Univ. of Djelfa, Algeria)
15:00 – 16:00 Discussion on Session 2
16:00 – 17:00 Coffee break and visit to posters
17:00 – 19:00 Session 3. Pest and diseases
Moderator: Mohammed Boulif (ENA Meknès, Morocco)
Secretary: Safia Belhadj (Univ. of Djelfa, Algeria)
17:00 – 17:20 Introductory presentation by the Session moderator Download presentation
17:20 – 17:50 Oral presentations (10 min. each)
  1. Pistachio seed wasp, pistachio twig borer. Mohamed Braham (Centre régional de recherche en horticulture et en agriculture biologique, Tunisia) Download presentation
  2. Alternaria blight of Pistacia species in Turkey. Hilal Ozkilinc (Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Univ., Turkey)
  3. Susceptibility to the major almond diseases red leaf blotch and almond canker in the main almond Spanish cultivars. Laura Torguet (IRTA, Spain) Download presentation
17:50 – 19:00 Discussion on Session 3
14 MAY
9:00 - 12:00 Session 4. Orchard management
Moderator: Ali Lansari (Consultant, Morocco)
Secretary: Bekir Erol Ak (Harran Univ., Turkey)
9:00 – 9:20 Introductory presentation by the Session moderator Download presentation
9:20 – 9:50 Oral presentations (10 min. each)
  1. Climate change and nut crops vulnerability in the Mediterranean area. Mohamed Ghrab (Institut de l'Olivier, Tunisia) Download presentation
  2. Update in super high density almond orchards. Xavier Rius (Agromillora, Spain)
  3. Determination of yield and some quality traits of Pistachio cv. Siirt trained with different systems. Hatice Gözel (Pistachio Research Station, Turkey) Download presentation
9:50 – 11:00 Discussion on Session 4
11:00 – 12:00 Coffee break and visit to posters
12:00 – 14:00 Session 5. Quality, industrialisation and marketing
Moderator: Michelle Wirthensohn (Univ. of Adelaide, Australia)
Secretary: Agustí Romero (IRTA, Spain)
12:00 – 12:20 Introductory presentation by the Session moderator
12:20 – 13:00 Oral presentations (10 min. each)
  1. Chemical composition of roasted kernels of Moroccan almond seedlings. Ossama Kodad (ENA Meknès, Morocco) Download presentation
  2. BIOFOS: Micro-ring resonator-based biophotonic system for food analysis. Agustí Romero (IRTA, Spain) Download presentation
  3. Relations between the yield and some quality traits on pistachios. Ebru Sakar (Univ. of Harran, Turkey)
13:00 – 14:00 Discussion on Session 5
14:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00 Meeting conclusions, final debate and close
16:00 - Guided tour of Meknes ancient city (optional)


S1-P-01 Do almond (Prunus amygdalus Mill.) alpha-amylase germinating seedlings have an alpha/alpha fold? S. HERMI1 and S. BAHRI1 Download poster
S1-P-02 Pistachio industry in Tunisia: Current situation and future axis for improvement. GHRAB1, O. ELLOUMI1, A. CHELLI-CHAABOUNI2 and M. BEN MIMOUN3
S1-P-03 Fine-mapping of the bitterness locus in almond. F. RICCIARDI1, 2, J. DEL CUETO2,3, C. LOTTI1, S. PAVAN4, L. RICCIARDI4, A. DHINGRA5, F. DICENTA1, B.L. MØLLER2 and R. SÁNCHEZ-PÉREZ1, 2Download poster
S1-P-04 Cyanogenic glucosides from dormancy to flowering time in early and late almonds. J. DEL CUETO CHOCANO1,2, C. E. OLSEN2, B. LINDBERG MØLLER2, F. DICENTA1 and R. SÁNCHEZ-PÉREZ2Download poster
S1-P-05 Comparative proteomics of pistils and pollen from self-incompatible and self-compatible almonds by iTRAQ and 2D-nano-LC ESI-MSMS. E.M. GÓMEZ1, F. DICENTA1, P.J. MARTÍNEZ-GARCÍA2 and E .ORTEGA1Download poster
S1-P-06 Significance of S-genotype determination in conservation of genetic resources and breeding of almond. E.M. GÓMEZ1, F. DICENTA1, I. BATLLE2, A. ROMERO2 and E. ORTEGA1Download poster
S1-P-07 Early selection for flowering time in almond breeding programs. M. RUBIO and F. DICENTADownload poster
S1-P-08 Contribution in tracing the origin and evolutional history of almond around the Mediterranean basin. H. GOUTA1, E. KSIA2, R. BEN AYED3, Y. GOGORCENA4 and A. REBAÏ3
S1-P-09 Flower description and fertility of the main Tunisian almond cultivars. H. GOUTA1, R. OUNI2 and M. MARS2
S1-P-10 Morphological and biochemical characterization of almond cultivars in Morocco. SALIMA1, H. HANINE1, M. IBNOUALAOUI2, H. HSSAINI2, A. NABLOUSI2, S. ENNAHLI3, H. LATRACHE1 and H. ZAHIR1
S1-P-11 Pomological, morphological diversity and biochemical characterization of 14 almond cultivars from Morocco. H. HANINE1, L. ZINELABIDINE2, O. KODAD3, H. H’SSAINI4, A. HADDIOUI 2 and S. ENNAHLI3Download poster
S1-P-13 Molecular characterization of Spanish autochthonous almond breeding collections using SSRs P. MARTÍNEZ-GÓMEZ1, A. ROMERO2, I. BATLLE2 and F. DICENTA1Download poster
S1-P-16 Self-compatibility and floral morphology of some almond cultivars. M. ROVIRA1 and X. MIARNAU2Download poster
S1-P-17 Effect of different concentrations of ZnSO4 on Atlas Pistachio plantlets growth under semi-controlled conditions. S. DAOUDI, O. E. HAMADA and S. BELHADJ
S1-P18 ‘Vialfas’, a new late blooming almond cultivar. R. SOCIAS i COMPANY, J. M. ALONSO, O. KODAD and J. M. ANSÓN
S1-P-19 S-RNase loss of function in almond is associated with methylation of the Sf locus. A. FERNÁNDEZ I MARTÍ2, T. M. GRADZIEL3∙and R. SOCIAS i COMPANY1
S1-P-23 Branching patterns and shoot structure of four Tunisian almond cultivars under semi arid conditions. H. GOUTA1, M. AÏACHI1, M. GOUIAA2 and H. RJAB2
S2-P-03 Rate of endomycorrhizal colonization in Pistacia vera. Z. BOUABDELLI1, S. BELHADJ1 and N. SMAIL-SADOUN2
S2-P-04 Genetic diversity of almond rootstocks. The INRA Prunus rootstock breeding program. H. DUVALDownload poster
S2-P-05 Effectiveness of histological techniques for early identification of scion rootstock incompatibility of some Tunisian almond cultivars. E. KSIA1, H. GOUTA2 and M. AYACHI2
S2-P-06 Budding success and growth aptitude under rainfed conditions during the first year of plantation: Comparison between Pistacia terebinthus L. and UCB-I. H. MEMMI1,2, J.F. COUCEIRO1, M.C. GIJÓN1 and D. PÉREZ-LÓPEZ2,3Download poster
S2-P-10 Effect of two rootstocks on growth, yield and nut characteristics of Mateur and Ashouri pistachio varieties. S. OUNI1, A. CHELLI CHAABOUNI2, I. OUERGHUI2 and H. BEN HAMDA3
S2-P-13 Rootstock trial of eight GxN interespecific hybrids in almond. B. BIELSA, M. J. RUBIO-CABETAS, A. J. FELIPE, J. GÓMEZ-APARISI and R. SOCIAS i COMPANY
S2-P-14 Atlas Pistachio rhizosphere characterization under arid climate. M. LAHOUEL1, S. BELHADJ1 and M. NAIT KACI-BOUDIAF2
S2-P-17 Effect of gender on the leaf morphological diversity in Pistacia lentiscus. A. DOGHBAGE1 and S. BELHADJ2
S2-P-18 Almond rootstock breeding in Turkey. H.S. ATLI, C. CAN, M. BAS, K. SARPKAYA, A. FIDANCI, E. ILIKÇIOGLU, N. COBAN and S. BAY TÜRKOGLU
S3-P-01 Determination of certain biological characteristics of the pistachio seed wasp, Eurytoma plotnikovi Nik.(Hymenoptera, Eurytomidae), for its natural enemies in Sout East Anatolia in Turkey. S. KARADAĞ, K. SARPKAYA, F. KONUKOĞLU, H. USANMAZ and Y. B. ŞAHANDownload poster
S3-P-02 In vitro effects of some fungicides against Alternaria alternata on pistachio. F. KONUKOĞLU, K. SARPKAYA and C. CAN
S3-P-03 Morphology of healthy leaves and galling leaves in Pistacia terebinthus. S. LOUZABI 1, S. BELHADJ1 and N. BOURAGBA BRAGUE 2
S3-P-04 Transferring resistance to Plum pox virus (PPV, sharka) from almond to peach by crossing and grafting M. RUBIO, F. DICENTA and P. MARTÍNEZ-GÓMEZDownload poster
S3-P-06 Inventory of phytopathogenic fungi causing damage of pistachio nuts in Tunisia and opportunities for biological control management. M.A. TRIKI1, S. KRID1, M. CHEFFI1, W. KRICHEN2, Y. GHARBI1, I. HAMMAMI1, H. AOUISSAOUI2 and A. HASSAÏRI2
S3-P-07 Comparison between phyllosphere components of the leaves of Pistacia lentiscus in two stations of the Wilaya of Medea (Cherrata and Tamezguida). Y. AIT OUAMER1, S. BELHADJ1, M. OUMOUNA2 and C. VACHER BIOGECI3
S3-P-08 Sanitary status of Spanish autochthonous almond cultivars and its implication in breeding strategies. M. RUBIO, P. MARTÍNEZ-GÓMEZ1, A. ROMERO2, I. BATLLE2 and F. DICENTA1Download poster
S3-P-09 Effect of Chaetoptelius vestitus on the chemical compostion of pistachio seed (Pistacia vera) harvested in Bechloul (Algeria). N. CHEBOUTI-MEZIOU1, A. MERABET1, Y. CHEBOUTI2, N. BEHIDJ1 and S. DOUMANDJI3
S4-P-01 Macro- and micro element concentrations in different parts of “on”- and “off”-year ‘Siirt’ Pistachio cultivar. B.E. AK and M. FIDANDownload poster
S4-P-03 Utilization of some elements of grape and pistachio cultivars grown as interplanted orchard. S. GURSOZ, S. GOKOGLU and B.E. AKDownload poster
S4-P-04 Determination of carbohydrate content in pruned and unpruned almond cultivars. A. IKINCI, A. KUDEN and B.E. AKDownload poster
S4-P-05 Determination of plant food material contents of agricultural soils in the Şahinbey district of Gaziantep. N. KALKANCI, T. ŞİMŞEK1, E. TUN, N. ASLANGOKOGLU and B.E. AK
S4-P-06 Pistacia atlantica, a spontaneous hypermycotrophic phanerophyte: Could it be a natural tool to enhance the potential of mycorrhizogenous infectivity of soils in arid regions? A. LIMANE and N. SMAIL-SAADOUN
S5-P-03 Total sugars and mineral nutrient contents in kernels of three Tunisian almond cultivars. H. BEN MOHAMED1, S. MSELMI TAOUEB1, A. ZRIG2, H. BEN HAMDA1, M. HARBI BEN SLIMANE1Download poster
S5-P-04 Pistacia vera: Chemical composition and pharmacological activities (pistachio nuts). K. EL BAIRI1, H. JADDA and CH. TERKMANEMDownload poster
S5-P-05 Extraction methods of oil seeds and oil quality of Pistacia atlantica. M. GHARSALLAOUI1, H. AZOUZI2, A. CHELLI-CHAABOUNI3, M. GHRAB1, J.S. CONDORET4, M. AYADI1 and S. GABSI2Download poster
S5-P-06 Kernel oil quality of almond cultivars under contrasting watering conditions and using two extraction methods. M. GHARSALLAOUI1, M. GHRAB1, M. AYADI1 and S. GABSI2
S5-P-07 Valorization of local almond genotypes regarding their biochemical and mineral composition H. GOUTA1, R. KHELIFA2, B. MECHRI3, F. MOLINO4, G. ESTOPAÑAN MUÑOZ4 and T. JUAN ESTEBAN4
S5-P-09 Some physical properties of almond nut and kernel (cvs. Marcona and Tuono) grown in Northern Morocco. Y. RHARRABTI and E. H. SAKARDownload poster
S5-P-10 Industrial characteristics of Spanish native almond cultivars and their interest for breeding programs. A. ROMERO1, X. MIARNAU1, F. DICENTA2and I. BATLLE1Download poster
S5-P-11 Preliminary results on molecular markers identification for almond industrial traits. A. ROMERO1, X. MIARNAU1, I. BATLLE1, P. MARTÍNEZ-GÓMEZ2, R. SÁNCHEZ-PEREZ2 and F. DICENTA2
S5-P-12 Influence of region and variety on fatty acid and tocopherol concentration of almond. M. WIRTHENSOHN, K. WILKINSON and Y. ZHUDownload poster
S5-P-13 Characterization of almond kernel oils of five almond varieties cultivated in Eastern Morocco. N. HOUMY1, F.A. MANSOURI1, A. BEN-MOUMEN1, S. ELMOUDDEN2, M. BOUJNAH3, M. SINDIC4, M.L. FAUCONNIER5, H.A. SERGHINI-CAID1, A. ELAMRANI1Download poster