As chairman of the Organizing Committee, I would like to acknowledge the generous and kind dedication of the Committee members as well as of several staff members of the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA). Particular recognition should go to Manuel Fernández Galván, president of ICIA, for constant support and overall help regarding the organization of this Symposium.
The Organizing Committee wishes to express its gratitude to all the delegates for their contribution towards the success of the Symposium as well as providing a forum for discussing research and increased future cooperation. Also in this sense, special thanks is extended to the moderators of the different Sections (as listed within the body of the present volume) for their post-Symposium contributions as referees for the published papers.
It also seems appropriate at this time to thank yet again the numerous institutions which provided financial backing for the Symposium, thus freeing funds for the attendance of invited speakers as well as for the general running costs inherent in such events, and without which this type of meetings would become prohibitive. While all contributors are listed separately, the Asociacion de Organizaciones Productoras de Platanos de Canarias (ASPROCAN) merits a special mention for both its financial support and its assistance in the technical organization of the field visits.
The Organizing Committe also expresses their appreciation to the ISHS for undertaking the printing and distribution of the proceedings as a special issue of the Acta Horticulture.
And, last but not least, our thanks to the staff of VIACONTE for their unstinting efforts in providing logistical support for the smooth running of the Symposium.
Dr. V. Galán Saúco
Chairman of the Organizing Committee.