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FAO-ICARDA International Technical Cooperation Network on Cactus

Welcome to the FAO-ICARDA International Technical Cooperation Network on Cactus (FAO-ICARDA CACTUSNET).

Created in 1993, the FAO-ICARDA CACTUSNET is established on voluntary basis, and aims to :

  • Collect and disseminate information on production and planting, trade and markets, crop research, postharvest and processing and cochineal on cactus pear.
  • Cooperate in the collection, conservation, exchange, evaluation and utilization of germplasm and monitor progress and usefulness of such exchanges.
  • Promote the ecological and social benefits of cactus pear.
  • Develop new food and carminic acid uses.
  • Exchange expertise and organize training courses, workshops and meetings of experts in order to improve technical capability in the individual institutions.
  • October 28-31, 2013, Palermo (Italy): VIII International Congress on Cactus Pear and Cochineal. Info: Prof. Dr. Paolo Inglese, Department DEMETRA, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, ED. 4, 90142 Palermo, Italy. Phone: (39)09123861234, Fax: (39)09123860820, E-mail: paolo.inglese@unipa.it or Prof. Dr. Innocenza Chessa, Dept. Of Economic & Woody Plants, University of Sassari, Via E. de Nicola 9, 07100 Sassari, Italy. E-mail: chessa_i@uniss.it. For addtional information go to congress website: www.soishs.org/cactuspear

 

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