ISHS Chestnut Working Group: new chairperson
Dear members of the Working Group,
It is my pleasure to inform you that I have been elected as the next Chairman of the ISHS Chestnut Working Group, succeeding Prof. Umit Serdar on this grateful task.
First of all, I want to thank Prof. Umit Serdar for all he did to push this WG forward and for the great organization of the VI International Symposium on Chestnut which was very fruitful.
My election occurred during the International Symposium held in Samsun, Turkey, between 9th and 13th October 2017.
I'm a plant physiologist, researching on chestnut issues for 30 years in the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal), stressing characterization of varieties and breeding and improvement of chestnut resilience against diseases, drought and heat. I promise you to continue the work in order to promote the rising of chestnut in the world as a multipurpose species, improving landscape and territorial cohesion. The nuts, also called unNuts, have been an important place on human feed since the past until nowadays. For any question please contact me.
Hope to meet with you soon.
José Gomes Laranjo