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Using a hypoxia workstation to select species that will produce more forage

Date and time
28th September 2023, from 9.30am to 10.15 am (CET)


Presentation available here

Executive summary English

At the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) in Crete, Greece, a hypoxia workstation is being used as part of the LIVINGAGRO project in an innovative way: the hypoxylab system allows us to determine how plants respond to low oxygen and then select species that might exhibit higher growth rates and eventually produce more forage. Based on the concept that plants adapted to a high altitude are likely to grow faster under normoxic oxygen concentrations, experiments were performed using the hypoxylab system. The objective is to identify species which produce more forage for grazing animals in Lebanon and Jordan through a combination of germplasm testing and selection.


Brief introduction to the LIVINGAGRO project
The workshop will focus on

  1. How the hypoxia workstation operates
  2. The science behind the effect of oxygen
  3. Results of experiments to date
  4. The potential significance of this service

Q&A, Open discussion between speaker and participants


After earning a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland – College Park, USA and working at the US Department of Agriculture, Panagiotis Kalaitzis founded the Department of Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (CIHEAM – MAICh). Continuing as the department’s Director of Research and Studies since then, Dr. Kalaitzis has participated in numerous European and nationally funded scientific projects, coordinating several of them and overseeing MAICh’s work with LIVINGAGRO. He is also the director of the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory at MAICh, where his research includes DNA-based olive oil authentication to certify olive variety, and the characterization of olive genetic resources to determine the varieties that are most resilient in the face of climate change.

Contact and organization

Lisa Radinovsky; Panagiotis Kalaitzis

Project Contacts
Fo.Re.S.T.A.S. (LIVINGAGRO Leading Partner). Viale Luigi Merello, 86 • 09123 Cagliari, Italy. Tel. +39 070 279 91 •
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LIVINGAGRO project´s final conference

Location:  Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, Tal Amara, Bekaa, Lebanon| Map

Press release: ENG | AR

Agenda:  ENG | AR

Executive summary of the conference ENG | AR


The Conference is aimed at presenting the main results of the LIVINGAGRO project over four years of implementation and at highlighting the benefits and impacts achieved in the cooperation area with particular reference to final beneficiaries of the Mediterranean agroforestry sector and, more specifically, involved with multifunctional olive systems and grazed woodlands.

Agenda (Beirut time)

10:00-10:30 Opening session – Welcome Speeches

Welcome note by President Director General of LARI – Dr. Michel AFRAM

Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture of Lebanon – Luis LAHOUD

ENI CBC Med Programme Management Authority – TBC

Regional Minister of Environment of Sardinia – Dr. Marco PORCU

FORESTAS Director General – Dr. Antonio CASULA

LIVINGAGRO Project Coordinator at FORESTAS – Dr. Maurizio MALLOCI

Lebanese University of Beirut, Faculty of Agronomy – Dr. Lamis CHALAK

10:30-12:30 Technical Session: Project´s achievements and impacts

10.30 – 10.50 a.m.: LIVINGAGRO project and open innovation for Mediterranean agroforestry – Dr. Sara MALTONI, Regional Forest Agency for Land and Environment of Sardinia (Fo.Re.S.T.A.S.)

10.50 – 11.10 a.m.: Innovations for Multifunctional Olive Systems: identified solutions, their benefits and impacts – Dr. Milad EL RIACHY, Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI)

11.10 – 11.30 a.m.: Innovations for Grazed Woodlands: identified solutions, their benefits and impacts – Dr. Claudio PORQUEDDU, Italian National Research Council (CNR ISPAAM)

11.30 – 11.50 a.m.: LIVINGAGRO and stakeholder involvement: the experience of B2Bs, technology transfer workshops and business courses in Greece – Dr. Panagiotis KALAITZIS, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh)

11.50 a.m. – 12.10 p.m.: LIVINGAGRO experimentation: results of field trials performed in Jordan – Dr. Salam AYOUB, National Agricultural Research Centre Jordan (NARC)

12.10 – 12.20 p.m.: LIVINGAGRO impacts and benefits, focus on final beneficiaries: testimonials from the fields visits held in Lebanon – TBC

12.20 – 12.30 p.m.: LIVINGAGRO impacts and benefits, focus on final beneficiaries: testimonials from the B2B events held in Lebanon – TBC

12:30-13:00 Q&A session and Open discussion
13:00 – 13:15 Conclusions

Local resources to address the global challenges of multifunctional olive systems (event in Italian)

Date and time: 7th September 2023, from 10am to 12.30pm (CEST)

Programme EN | IT

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The growing requests from operators in the olive sector for the enhancement of the quality of olive oil based on the territory of origin have led to the study of genetic resources and cultivation strategies aimed at increasing the capacity of the olive tree to face the scenarios envisaged by the ongoing climate changes and to reduce the impacts, with a view to enhancing local productions and using the multifunctionality of the crop.
The workshop represents a showcase of some of the approaches used and the most interesting outputs on the international scene.

Target audience

Olive growers, olive oil millers, oil industries, nurseries, control agencies, technicians and operators, researchers in plant genetics, agroecology and oil technology, students and communities interested in the safeguard and exploitation of local resources and the adoption of eco-sustainable cultivation and extraction technologies, community associations.

Please note that this event will be in Italian

Agenda (CET)

10:00 CET Brief presentation of the LIVINGAGRO project. Sara Maltoni (Forestas Agency)
10:10 Characterization of Sardinian olive germplasm in comparison with national important varieties. Pierfrancesco Deiana, Mario Santona (University of Sassari)
10:30 Strategies to increase carbon sequestration in olive groves. Luca Regni, Primo Proietti (University of Perugia)
10:50 Impact of climate change and adaptation strategies in olive growing. Primo Proietti (University of Perugia)
11:10 Prospection, characterization and evaluation of the most productive and eco-sustainable local varieties. Maria Cristina Valeri (CNR – Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources)
Biodiversity and quality of extra virgin olive oils in new and old genotypes
. Maurizio Servili (University of Perugia)
11:30 New molecular tools for safeguarding local productions. Luciana Baldoni (CNR – Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources)
11:50 Questions and Answer session and final debate
12:15 Conclusions and closing

Contact and organization

Luciana Baldoni – CNR,

Project Contacts

Fo.Re.S.T.A.S. (LIVINGAGRO Leading Partner). Viale Luigi Merello, 86 • 09123 Cagliari, Italy. Tel. +39 070 279 91 •

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Outcomes of NARC’s experiments on legume cover crops and ancient olive trees for LL1
Technology Transfer Workshop

Registration | Link to the event


12:00 – 12:10 Welcome

Dr. Murad Maaitah, Director of Olive Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Jordan

12:10 – 12:30 Intercropping of legume cover crops with olive trees

Dr. Salam Ayoub, NARC, Jordan

12:30 – 12:40 Discussion
12:40 – 13:00 Complete genome sequence of historical olive cultivar Mehras in Jordan

Prof. Monther Sadder, University of Jordan

13:00 – 13:10 Discussion
13:10 – 13:30 Morphological characterization of olive cultivar Mehras in Jordan

Dr. Salam Ayoub, NARC, Jordan

13:30 – 13:50 Open discussion
13:50 – 14:00 Closing remarks
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