On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am very glad to invite you to the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) Workshop on “Surviving the extremes: Abiotic stress tolerance in extremophile plants”. The workshop will be held at BIDR on the Sede Boqer campus of Ben-Gurion University in the village of Midreshet Ben-Gurion. The village overlooks the spectacular biblical Wilderness of Zin Valley in the Negev Desert of Israel and wonderfully displays an example of the harsh conditions in which extremophile organisms have evolved to survive.

This is the first international w
orkshop to bring together leading international scientists whose work focuses on plants adapted to extreme environments and reflects the great progress that has been made in extremophile plant research in recent years. The workshop will explore fundamental advances in a range of different extremophile plant species from a variety of extreme environments including Arabidopsis relatives, resurrection plants, alpine/arctic plants, halophytes and seagrasses, as well as other extremophile photosynthetic organisms, such as algae and cycanobacteria. In addition, the conference will feature a session on exploiting the knowledge gained from basic science for application in agriculture.

We look forward to hosting you in Sede Boqer at what we expect will be a catalyst for discussion into future directions, approaches and funding for this exciting and growing research field.

                                                Simon Barak

                                                Chairperson of the Organizing Committee
Wilderness of Zin Valley in the Negev Desert of Israel
Sede Boqer is built in one of the most beautiful spots in the Negev desert: The plateau of the central Negev is broken by the wide canyon of Nahal Tzin, and right on the clifftop lies Sede Boqer
French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands  |  ​The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev  |  Sede Boqer Campus, Midreshet Ben-Gurion, 8499000, Israel.
Phone:  (972) 8-6596750 ; (972) 8-6596997 Mobile: (972) 52 - 2764686

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