November 28th, 2019

8:00 - 14:30

University of


anove y natursur


The Workshop on Potentialities and Challenges of Breeding for the Vegetable Organic Systems will take place at the University of Almería, Spain, on November 28th, 2019.

To overcome the derogation regime that allows organic farmers to use untreated seeds produced under conventional farming, it is crucial to develop varieties adapted to organic farming and produce their seeds under organic conditions. That sets new opportunities and challenges for scientists and the seed industry. The development of new breeding approaches and a wise integration of old ones is necessary. This workshop aims to clarify the actual EU landscape for the organic sector and understand how breeding can help bridge the perspectives of the seed industry, the organic farmers, the consumers and other stakeholders.


8.00:                Registration

8.45 – 9.00:      Introductory remarks
Rafael Lozano (University of Almeria, Spain)
9.00 – 9.25:     Organic breeding: the perspective of the commercial seed industry
César González (Euroseeds, Belgium)
9.25 – 9.50:     The EU landscape of organic farming and organic breeding
Thomas Weber (Unit on Plant health, DG SANTE European Commission)
9.50 – 10.15:   The evolution of breeding approaches: from crosses to genome editing
Teodoro Cardi (Research Centre for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, CREA, Italy)
Rafael Lozano (University of Almeria, Spain)
Jaime Prohens (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain)
10.15 – 10.40: Organic breeding: principles and applications
Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)

10.40 – 11.00: Coffee break

11.00 – 11.25: Breeding for organic agro-systems in practice
Marcel van Diemen  (ANOVE, Spanish Breeders’ Association)
11.25 – 11.50: New breeding techniques and organic farming
Michael G. Palmgren (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
11.50 – 12.35: The contribution of H2020 projects:
Ferdinando Branca  (University of Catania, Italy)
Adrián Rodriguez (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain)
Vladimir Meglić (Agricultural Institute of Slovenia)
12.35 – 13.35: The way forward: discussion and conclusions
Marcel Bruins (European Seed Magazine)

13.35 – 14.30: Light lunch




Click » HERE « to make the corresponding payment.

Registration fee: 10€ students, 30€ employees.


The Workshop on Organic Breeding will take place in Almería, Spain. Almería is currently the largest exporter of vegetables in the European Union and one of the largest concentrations of greenhouses in the world. Almería has gone through several paradigm shifts in the last decades in order to adapt to the increasing demands of the European consumers. Integrated Pest Management is implemented in almost all of the agricultural holdings, as well as an increasing trend towards zero-residue production and an increasing share of organic crops.

The University of Almería (UAL), with more than 15.000 graduate, postgraduate and PhD students, has a long tradition of specialization in Agrifood Sciences. This determination, as well as the development of a critical mass of research in Agrifood Sciences of recognized impact, is in line with the Almeria productive environment, positioned as one of the most recognized references of intensive agriculture worldwide.

The Hotel Elba Almería 4* is available for the attendees to the Workshop with the next prices:

-Standard double room, Single Use, bed and breakfast– 62 €
-Standard double room, bed and breakfast– 68 €
-Superior double room, Single Use, bed and breakfast– 82 €
-Superior double room, bed and breakfast– 88 €

To ensure this prices, reservations are required by sending an email with the subject UAL-Workshop Organic Breeding 2019 to elbaalmeria@hoteleselba.com before 10/30/2019


Other options for accomodation in Almería are:

Sercotel Gran Fama Hotel 4*

Hotel Catedral Almería 4*

Residencia Universitaria Universidad de Almería



The workshop will be held in the «Hall of Degrees» of the University, a room attached to the Rectorate building. You can find a site map HERE.

University of Almería is located 6km out of the city. You can reach it using the urban bus lines 4, 11, 12, 15, 18 or 19. Also you can arrive by taxi, this option will have a cost between 12-15€.

There is also a bus transfer planned for people registered in the workshop from the Elba Hotel to the University of Almería. The departure of the bus will be at 07.45 h. Accredited attendees staying in other hotels, different to Elba Hotel, must reach this hotel if they wish to transfer by this bus.