I International Symposium on Vegetative Propagation and In Vitro Culture of Tropical Plants

The great progress produced in the last century by the genetic improvement of plants would have been of little significance without the contemporary amelioration of the vegetative propagation technology. The use of portions of shoots to reproduce plants was already known in the early horticulture of Egypt, Babylon and China, while evidences of the “budding and grafting art” are frequent in writings and mosaics from the Roman Empire. With the important advancements in methods and equipments made in the twentieth century, coupled to a better understanding of physiological and morphological events driving the processes of adventitious root formation, graft healing and in vitro shoot proliferation, a range of effective techniques are available today for the in vivo and in vitro clonal reproduction of plants. Moreover, increasingly sophisticated methods of tissue culture paved the way to the development of useful approaches for the production and conservation of high-quality pathogen-free plants. Notwithstanding, many unsolved issues are still relevant, such as the “recalcitrancy” of many species to be clonally reproduced. The Symposium, the first of the series, aims to bring together scientists and students, as well as managers and technicians from commercial nurseries and micropropagation laboratories, around the problematics and recent acquisitions in the field of vegetative propagation and in vitro culture of tropical and sub-tropical plant species.


  1. Vegetative Propagation (cutting, grafting) of Tropical Fruit Plants
  2. Vegetative Propagation (cutting, grafting) of Tropical Forest, Ornamental and Medicinal Plants
  3. Micropropagation of Tropical Plants: Innovation and Large Scale Production
  4. Somatic Embryogenesis in Tropical Plants
  5. In Vitro Conservation of Tropical Plants


Professor Maurizio Lambardi

is a Senior scientist and project leader of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, at the Trees and Timber Institute (IVALSA) of Florence, and has the National Scientific Qualification of Full Professor in arboriculture and forest systems. He is the Chair of the ISHS Commission ‘Molecular Biology and In Vitro Culture’ and of the Italian Working Group on ‘Micropropagation and In Vitro Technologies’, and he is past-Chair of the Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB). Read more.

Image of Professor Renato PaivaProfessor Renato Paiva

has a Master’s in Agronomy at the Mississippi State University (USA) and PhD also in Agronomy at the University of Illinois (USA).

Nowadays, he is a Full Professor of Plant Physiology at the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA). He teaches courses, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and perform research related to the micropropagation and in vitro conservation of native Brazilian fruit species. Read more.

Scientific Committee

  • Adel A. Abul-Soad, Agriculture Research Centre, Giza, Egypt
  • Jorge Canhoto, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Roderick Drew, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Sharon Hamill, Agri-Science Queensland, Nambour, Australia
  • Edwin Herman, Agricell Report, USA
  • Maria Antonietta Germanà, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Miguel Pedro Guerra, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil
  • Ivan Iliev, University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Sisir Mitra, ISHS Section Chair, India
  • John Preece, USDA-ARS NCGR, Davis, USA
  • Anabela Romano, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  • Takuya Tetsumura, University of Miyazaki, Japan


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