Dry lands are ecosystems that are characterized by a lack of water and are often exposed to multiple constraints limiting their development. This is where agriculture is considered as a very specific activity requiring specific and scientific strategies to accompany it.
Supporting innovative agriculture in arid zones becomes a national priority to diversify products and markets and assess the economic benefits and the criteria’s of social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

The fact that this meeting gathers scientists and representatives of the agencies and organizations of development will give the opportunity to generate practical ideas and recommendations.

Concerned about the role of research in the identification of successful programs and evaluation of success factors for investment in agricultural innovations in arid areas, the Institute of Arid Regions of Médenine (Tunisia) organizes, on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary celebration, the fifth International Meeting on Plant Biotechnology in Arid and Oases Areas (AridoTech2016) in December 2016.
The organizing committee of the meeting is pleased to invite you to attend this conference in Djerba (Tunisia) from 19 to 21 December 2016. The conference will address key issues regarding the technology and biotechnology innovation strategies for the valuation of crops in dry lands and promoting the marketing of new products to meet new needs.


Deadline for receipt of abstracts:

August 31, 2016 for oral communications
August 31, 2016 for communications posters

Deadline for receipt of full papers:

30 September 2016


Pr. Kamel NAGAZ Institute of Arid Regions
4119 Medenine Tunisia
Fax: (+) 216 75 633 006
Phone: (+) 216 75 633 846


Papers dealing with the general topic of the meeting are solicited. They will be presented and discussed in the four following sessions:

Session 1

Genetic et improvement of plants (Genetic diversity, gene identification, bioinformatics applied to biology…).

Session 2

Biochemistry (Extraction, Bioactive substances, secondary metabolites).

Session 3

In vitro culture and biotechnology (GMOs, processing ..).

Session 4

Enzymology and food (Bioprocessing, fermentation, use of enzymes, culinary and medicinal uses and recipes …)

The sessions will begin with preliminary conferences followed by oral presentations of selected papers and a general discussion. The posters of each session will be summarized and presented by a speaker.


The working languages are French and English. Translation facilities are for further study.

  • French 100%
  • English 100%