The pine nut, the edible kernel of the Mediterranean stone pine, Pinus pinea, is one of the world's most expensive nuts. Although well known and planted since Antiquity, pine nuts are still gathered mainly from natural forests in the Mediterranean countries, and the crop has only recently taken the first steps from wild harvested to domestication as an attractive alternative on rain-fed farmland in Mediterranean climates. The Iberian Peninsula accounts for about 75% of stone pine area in the world, Spain and Portugal being the main pine nut producers, followed by Turkey and Italy.

During the last century, the Mediterranean stone pine has experienced a range expansion, especially in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Basin, as well as a large increase in planted area in its native countries, both by forest restoration and farmland afforestation. The species performs well on poor soils and needs reduced cultural practices, it is affected by few pests or diseases and it resists climate adversities such as drought and extreme or late frosts. It is light-demanding and hence has potential as crop in agroforestry systems in Mediterranean climate zones around the world, in tree lines such as shelterbelts adjacent to farmland or pastures or in proper low density orchard plantations. The knowledge about stone pine as crop in grafted plantations is increasing by ongoing researches. Plantations on farmland could yield in the future more pine nuts than the natural forests and contribute to rural development and employment for local communities.

Recently, the FAO-CIHEAM Inter-Regional Cooperative Research Network on Nuts restored its sub-network on Stone pine that had closed in 2000 after the 1st Symposium on Mediterranean Stone Pine hold that year in Valladolid (Spain), linked with the former Cooperative Research Network on Stone pine silviculture in the framework of FAO Silva Mediterranea (1987-1997). In this context, the international meeting AGROPINE2011 aims to get the main research groups and potential users together, to gather the current knowledge on Mediterranean stone pine as nut crop and to analyse its potential and current challenges.

Scientific Programme

The meeting will be structured by the following general themes:
• Genetic improvement, selection and breeding in Mediterranean stone pine
• Management of stone pine for cone production in forests and agroforestry
• Pine nut industry and markets
• Modelling growth and production

Main emphasis is placed on Mediterranean stone pine, but eventual contributions relating to other pines with edible seeds from other geographic areas are also welcome. All oral sessions will be plenary sessions held in English.

Abstracts submission and registration

Authors willing to submit a communication for an oral presentation or a poster should send an ABSTRACT written in English (no less than 300 words, but not exceeding one A4 page including title, authors, and affiliations) before 10 October 2011. Presentations are not compulsory for participation.

Deadline for early registration with reduced fees(120 €): 30 September 2011
Deadline for registration with regular fees (150 €): 1 November 2011
Special fee for students 100 €

E-mail for contact, registration and abstracts submission: agropine2011@inia.es

On-line registration: : http://www.pfcyl.es/evento/agropine-2011

Organising Committee

Sven Mutke, Pablo Martínez-Zurimendi, Rafael Calama, Gregorio Montero (SFM-RI UVa-INIA)
Dunixi Gabiña, Antonio López-Francos (IAMZ-CIHEAM)
David Bono, Mercè Rovira (IRTA)
Javier Gordo (Junta de Castilla y León)
Jorge Herrero (CESEFOR)
Miriam Piqué (CTFC)

Organised by:

FAO-CIHEAM Network on Nuts

Supported by:

Junta de Castilla y León
Piñonsol (Soc. Coop.)