Welcome message

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of EUCARPIA, we proudly invite you to the XX EUCARPIA Meeting of the Tomato Working Group, to be held in Valencia from May 31st – June 3rd , 2022. On this occasion this scientific event will be organized by members of two institutes: the Institute For Conservation and Improvement of the Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV) and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMCP-CSIC-UPV), both located in the campus of the University Polytechnic of Valencia, Spain.

This meeting is usually arranged every three or four years by the Tomato Working Group of EUCARPIA but the meeting initially planned for 2021 was postponed due to the COVID situation. As more and more people got vaccinated we believe that we can meet safely for the first time after the XIX Meeting organized in Naples in 2018. This will be an excellent occasion for all those interested in tomato breeding to get together after this period of uncertainty and most likely anxious to share new and exciting results and ideas. Breeders of different backgrounds, geneticists, physiologists, pathologists, and biotechnologists both from academia and industry are most welcome to enrich this meeting and to contribute to its success. We are putting together a program which has been organized to favor interaction, cooperation and crosspollination with multidisciplinary sessions and ample of time for discussion and social interaction.

The Valencian region has a long tradition in horticulture with periurban vegetable fields cultivated since early times as you can see in many Valencian towns, including the city of Valencia which will host this venue. Home to a huge diversity in tomato local varieties and an active community of growers, their products are proudly exhibited in places like the Central Market and a repository of this variability is available at the germplasm bank of the COMAV. Valencia is also home of a large community of researchers that have made tomato the focus of their activities and have contributed to our understanding of the tomato genetic diversity and the molecular underpinnings of important traits like virus resistances or fruit flavor. Valencia is also famous for its warm Mediterranean climate, friendly inhabitants and an excellent cuisine that we hope you will be able to enjoy during your stay.

The EUCARPIA Tomato Working Group Meeting 2022 is organized to offer you plenty of the possibilities of interaction with the tomato community of researchers and breeders and at the same time allow you to contribute and participate in active discussions and to share the latest advances from the leading scientist in the field.

We are looking forward to meet you in Valencia

The convenors of the EUCARPIA Tomato Working Group Meeting 2022