Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is a draught and tolerant plant species bearing edible and nutritive fruit cultivated in the Middle East and North of Africa in addition to other countries in the world. Micropropagation is the key process of date palm development. HRI in collaboration with CLDPRD is planning a short course on date palm micropropagation including tissue culture techniques, fingerprinting using molecular markers, etc. The aim of this course is to disseminate the information of preparing the explants, i.e. shoot tip and inflorescence for in vitro culturing, nutrient media formula, acclimatization and using AFLP and SSR techniques to ensure the genetic stability. The targeted groups are researchers, students and interested personnel of date palm micropropagation. The current course will encourage the scientific collaboration between the date palm specialists of Egypt and other countries particularly from Africa and Arab Word. The following topics will be covered by skilled date palm scientists through theoretical and practical classes in a couple of weeks:

Program of ITDPM course – International Training Course on Date Palm Micropropagation