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Sustainability of Crocus Sativus L. cultivation in the world in the era of climatic change.


May 2024 Webinar:

Sustainability of Crocus sativus L. Cultivation in the World in the Era of Climatic Change

16 – 17 MAY 2024

Register here: https://survey.metrofood.eu/index.php/129619


Organised by

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

School of Chemistry
Laboratory of Food Chemistry & Technology in the frame of the METROFOOD-EPI project


Maria Tsimidou,
Professor Emerita, tsimidou@chem.auth.gr
Aggeliki Kalogeropoulou,
Researcher, aggelkal@chem.auth.gr

Ferdowsi University of Mashad, Iran

Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agrotechnology
Khorasan-Razavi Agriculture & Natural Resources Research and Education Center,
Mashhad, Iran


Ali Reza Koocheki,
Professor akooch@um.ac.ir
Soroor Khorramdel,
Assoc. Professor khorramdel@um.ac.ir


Day 1

16 May 2024

15:30-19:30 (time zone Athens, Greece – GMT+3)


Opening of the platform


Introduction: Why we undertook the initiative to organize this series of webinars.
Professor M.Z.Tsimidou (Aristotle Univ. Thessaloniki, Greece) & Professor A.R. Koocheki (Ferdouwisi Univ. of Mashad, Iran)

Current status of Greek saffron cultivation – Krokos Kozanis PDO.
Vassilis Mitsopoulos, (Saffron grower and president at Cooperative de Safran, Krokos, Greece)

The dichotomy of a local culture in a global market: challenges of saffron cultivation in La Mancha.
Lecturer Héctor Martínez S-Mateos (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

The peculiarities of saffron production in L’Aquila area (Italy).
Massimiliano D’Innocenzo (Saffron producer, President of the Consortium of Saffron of L’Aquila PDO, Italy)

Impact of climate change on saffron cultivation in Morocco.
Souκrat Sakina (agronomist, PhD, manager, SoukratSeeds sarl company, Rabat, Morocco)


Coffee break


An overview of saffron produced in Italy (recorded talk).
Lecturer Luca Giupponi (University of Milan)

The DNA and genomes of saffron crocus & opportunities for improvement of sustainability.
 Pat Heslop –Harisson (Genetics and Genome Biology, University of Leicester, UK)

Current status and prospect of the Cuenca Crocusbank.
Marcelino de los Mozos Pascual (Researcher and genebank curator at the Bank of Plant Germplasm – Regional Inst. of Agri-Food & Forestry Res. & Development Castilla-La Mancha Spain)

The Saffron Flower Production in Spain. Problems and perspectives.
Professor Rosa Victoria Molina Romero (University of Valencia), Agronomist & saffron expert Horacio López Córcoles & Llanos Simón (ITAP, (Instituto Técnico Agronómico Provincial. Diputación de Albacete, Spain)

Discussion among speakers and attendees & Concluding Remarks.
Conveners: Professors Maria Tsimidou & Alireza Koocheki



Day 2

17 May 2024

(time zone Athens, Greece – GMT+3)


Opening of the platform


Weather Impact and Constraint Analysis of Kashmir Saffron.
Firdous Ahmad Nehvi (Spice Board Ministry of Commerce, India)

Assessment of climate change and climate extremes on temporal and spatial changes of saffron yield.
Saeedeh Kouzegaran (Responsible expert in applied meteorological research in Research Institute of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Climate Research Institute, Iran)

Mitigation of climate change effects on saffron using agricultural biotechnology.
Professor Amjad M. Husaini (Professor/Senior Scientist in Plant Biotechnology at SKUAST-Kashmir, J&K/India)

Effect of climate changes on saffron production in Herat, Afghanistan.
Associate Professor Ramin Nazarin (Agronomy Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Herat University, Afghanistan)

Biotic Stress of Saffron.
Associate Professor G.H.Mir (Advanced Research Station for Saffron & Seed Spices, University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, India)

Promotion of saffron in India under changing climatic scenario.
Bashir Ahmad Alie (Advance Research Centre for Saffron & Seed Spices SKUAST-Kashmir, India)

The effect of climate change and the agro-ecological zoning on quality of saffron in Iran.
Associate Professor Soroor Khorramdel (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran)

Climatic variability and its impact on crops with special reference to Kashmir region.
Sameera Qayoom (Division of Agro-meteorology, SKUAST-Kashmir, India)

Can changes in corm weight justify changes in saffron yield under different climatic conditions.
Associate Professor Hamid Reza Sharifi (Khorasan Razavi Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, Mashhad, Iran)

Trends of the past and future impacts of climate change on saffron production in Iran.
Associate Professor Roohola Moradi (Department of Plant Productions, University of Torbat Heydarieh, Iran)

Studying physiological reactions of saffron under changes in climatic parameters.
Saffron expert Hashim Aslami, Lecturer and Researcher Alireza Nejadmohammad Namaghi (Director of the Department of Medicinal Plants of the Applied Scientific University, Afghanistan)

Can heat stress be mitigated in summer by using mulch and shading in saffron fields?
Hamidreza Tavakkoli-Kakhki (Speaker), Hamidreza Sharifi and Zohre Nabipour (Khorasan Razavi Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, Iran)


Coffee break


The Saffron holobiome.
Sheetal Ambardar (School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu, India)

Synoptic analysis of sudden drop in air temperature and its effect on saffron yield in 2023.
Professor Seyed Hossein Sanaei Nejad, Researcher Khosro Salari (Speaker), Associate Professor Soroor Khorramdel (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran)

Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) production beyond Kashmir: Efforts and Challenges.
Rakesh Kumar (Institute CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, HP, India)

Evaluation of saffron yield using machine learning and remote sensing techniques in the face of climate change.
Assoc. Professor Soroor Khorramdel, Researcher Mehdi Mohammadnezhad (Speaker), Research Director of Water and Environment Research institute Pooya Shirazi (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran)

The possibility of the effect of climate change on the growth and development of bacterial rot of saffron corms (Burkholderia gladioli).
Assistant Professor Plant Pathology Mahmoud Reza Karimi Shahri (Khorasan Razavi Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center (KANRRC) Plant Protection Research Dept. Mashhad, Iran)

Saffron- microbe interaction; identifying and managing friends and foes.
Jyoti Vakhlu (Researcher, School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu/India)

Planting in closed environment: A strategy for producing saffron under climate change and global warming.
Associate Professor S. Khorramdel, Researcher Mohammad Hassan Hatefi Farajian (Speaker) (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran)

Discussion among speakers and attendees & Concluding Remarks.
Conveners: Professors Alireza Koocheki & Maria Tsimidou