First announcement





Dear colleagues,


            We would like to invite you to the III International Symposium on Horticultural Crop Wild Relatives. The symposium will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 15-17, 2018, under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). 

            The wild horticultural relatives are important resource for improving agricultural production and for maintaining sustainable agro-ecosystems. The objective of the Symposium is to share knowledge about collection, characterization, and using of the horticultural crop wild relatives.

Main topics

  • Genetic resources and Breeding
  • Botany, Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Crop management
  • Processing, Postharvest technology, Traditions
  • Autochthonous species, local and old cultivars


The official lenguage of the symposium will be English.

Important dates

Abstract submission open date


Abstract submission deadline


Notification of abstract acceptance


Early registration


Submission of full manuscript



Publication of abstacts and papers

Book of abstracts will be published before the symposium. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Authors should indicate preferred session and type of presentation (oral or poster), but the final decision will be made by the Scientific

Reviewed papers will be published in the series Acta Horticulturae after the symposium.


Scientific Committee

Stefan Gandev

Fruit Growing Institute, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Ivan Pachev

Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Damiano Avanzato

International Horticulturist Consultant Via Casaserena, 42, Pomezia (Roma), Italy

Dragan Milatovic

University of Belgrade,  Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia

Alex Papachatzis

Horticultural Laboratory, Larissa, Greece

George Manganaris

Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology &Food Science

Milan Lukić

Fruit Research Institute, Čačak, Serbia

Bekir Erol AK

University of Harran, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Sanliurfa - TURKEY

Ebrahim Latifikhah

Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Tehran, Iran

Ali Shahi-Gharahlar

Physiology and Breeding of Fruit Trees Department of Horticultural Science,

Faculty of Agricultural Science and Engineering, University of Tehran



Organization  Committee


Fruit Growing Institute, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Stefan Gandev, Convener

Valentina Bozhkova

Zarya Rankova

Argir Zhivondov

Kouman Koumanov

Lilyana Nacheva

Snezhana Milusheva

Hristina Kutinkova


Research Institute of Mountain Stockbreeding and Agriculture, Troyan, Bulgaria

Diyan Georgiev

Ivan Minev

Mariya Georgieva


Institute of Viticulture and Enology, Pleven, Bulgaria

Miroslav Ivanov


University of Forestry, Faculty of Agronomy

Denitsa  Serbezova


Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI), Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Daniela Ganeva  


Technical secretariat

Margarita Stoeva       

Marieta Nesheva        

Svetoslav Malchev


Place and Time

The symposium will be held on October 15-17, 2018 at the Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg, Plovdiv.





Early bird Registration
(before the 1st of August   2018)

Late Registration

ISHS members*

350 €

400 €

Non-ISHS members


480 €


200 €

250 €

One-day registration 

150 €

180 €

Full registration fee includes:

  • Access to all scientific sessions
  • Book of abstracts
  • Welcome reception event
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Conference dinner
  • Participation at the technical tour
  • A copy of the Acta Horticulturae proceedings

*Abstract submission is only allowed for full registered participants or registered student. Delegates registered for one day are not entitled to submit an abstract.

** The students should present valid student-ID at the symposium. Without this documentation, regular fees will be applied. The student fee does not include a copy of the Acta Horticulturae proceedings.


Further information

Convener: Prof. Dr. Stefan Gandev



Web site:


More detailed information about symposium programme will be available in the second announcement.




Plovdiv, October 12, 2017                                           Convener:

                                                                                                   Stefan Gandev