Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name: MARGHERITA BERUTO
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Country: ITALY
Organisation: Regional Institute for Floriculture (IRF)- Sanremo (IM)
Number of Members: No. 7 (updated to March 2017)
IAPB related activities if any that you organise within your country/region e.g local meetings: Any other comments that you feel are appropriate for our audience:Local meeting with members and potential members at the Third National Congress on Micropropagation and in vitro technologies- VitroSOI2017, Pescia (PT), Italy, 29-31 May 2017. Further activities are under evaluation with the members. We are confident that the number of IAPB Italian members will grow up in a near future. The strategy will be to interact with the SOI working group in order to widen the horizon under an international point of view. Our Institute (IRF) has many interactions with national and international centers and private laboratories and we will strengthen it.
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year: I will attend Dublin - August 2018 for the IAPB symposium
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
The micropropagation represents an important productive sector which started its activity 30 years ago to support the Italian nurseries. Nowadays, there are 20 commercial laboratories which account for a production of about 25 million of in vitro plants spread all over the world. The production is dealing with fruit species and rootstocks, cut-flower species, ornamentals and vegetable crops. In our country there are several University departments, research centers and experimental stations which focus on in vitro techniques addressed to the micropropagation aspects as well as in vitro conservation and genetic improvements. In 2008, the Italian Society for Horticulture (SOI) funded a working group on “Micropropagation and in vitro technology “(coordinator: dr. Maurizio Lambardi) which enrolls about 110 members.