Workshop on Management, Study, and Exploitation of Genetic Resources of Fruit Tree Crops

February 20-23, 2023, Catania and Acireale, Italy

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La Sicilia 28_02_2023

2022 Annual meeting of the project “Fruit crops resilience to climate change in the Mediterranean Basin”

Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th of October, 2022

Location: ‘Aiges Melathron Hotel’, Veria, Greece hybrid meeting”

Almond and Peach hybrids update

Apricot update

Peach update

Citrus update

Grape update

Olive update

Presentation of Freeclimb to the Minister of Rural Development and Food of Greece

Presentation of Freeclimb to the Minister of Rural Development and Food

The Minister of Rural Development and Food of Greece accompanied by the Head of the Prefecture of Crete and congressmen and stakeholders of Crete visited ELGO-DIMITRA in Chania on Tuesday, July 6th. Freeclimb project among other activities were presented. A short visit to the certified plant nursery, the genotype-environment interaction trial and other field experiments was realized resulting in a very fruitful discussion.

Translation in Greek:

Παρουσίαση του Freeclimb στον Υπουργό Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων

Ο Υπουργός Αγροτικής Ανάπτυξης και Τροφίμων συνοδευόμενος από τον Περιφερειάρχη Κρήτης και τοπικούς βουλευτές επισκέφθηκε τον ΕΛΓΟ-ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑ στα Χανιά την Τρίτη 6 Ιουλίου. Παρουσιάστηκε το έργο Freeclimb μεταξύ άλλων δραστηριοτήτων. Ακολούθησε σύντομη επίσκεψη στο πιστοποιημένο φυτώριο, τον πειραματικό αγρό αλληλεπίδρασης ποικιλίας-περιβάλλοντος και άλλα πειράματα πεδίου καταλήγοντας σε μια πολύ εποικοδομητική συζήτηση.

Presentation of Freeclimb to the Minister of Rural Development and Food of Greece

Genome-based characterization of Mediterranean fruit crop genetic resources for better resilience to climate extremes

A two-day webinar
Four sessions: Vitis, Prunus, Olive and Citrus
11 speakers
Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28, April, 2022
13:00 CET

A story of fruit trees stronger than climate events

INTERVIEW: Sihem Tellah (researcher at the FREECLIMB project), Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique, Algeria.

”Nothing compares to visiting the fruit trees in the fields every week and seeing them bloom”, says Sihem Tellah, Professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique, Algeria, explaining her passion for apricot, citrus and olive trees. ”In the fields, there is no COVID, but there is climate change. Trees are not confined, but they are suffering. Climate change is the main threat to the existence of these fruits. This is not only the case in Algeria but around the Mediterranean”, she adds. “The top priority for both researchers and farmers is to obtain new trees that are adapted to shorter winters.”…

Visit to the CREA experimental farm

On May 10th 2022 the students of plant biotechnology of the University of Catania visited the CREA experimental farm where field phenotyping is currently underway on several citrus hybrids to identify sources of resistance to mal secco disease and obtain resistant lemons. Dr Marco Caruso and Prof. Gaetano Distefano showed the first results of the FREECLIMB project to the students and explained them the importance of breeding for disease resistance to improve fruit tree crops.


October, 4-6 2021  (hybrid mode)

Προσαρμογή οπωροφόρων στην κλιματική αλλαγή | Ερευνητικό έργο FREECLIMB – October 2021


October, 7-9 2020  (by videoconference)


Kick off meeting (Meknes)

The kickoff meeting of the FREECLIMB project is organized in the city of Meknes (Morocco) in the days 1-2 April 2019.

The convener is Dr. Ahmed Elbakkali

More details will follow in the following weeks


The kick off meeting of the project PRIMA-FREECLIMB will be held in Meknes-Morocco on April 1-2, 2019 in the meeting room of the Hotel Transatlantique, located in Avenue Oqba Ibn Nafea, Meknes (

Schedules of Train departure and arrival from/to Casablanca, Fez and Rabat airports are available at the website

Two train stations are available at Meknes city (Meknes train station and Al Amir Abdul kader train station). To reach the hotel, taxis are available at the train stations

For more information: (+212 6 67 78 34 94)