ICGI 2021 Research Conference (Updates)

As a result of the ongoing global, COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ICGI Research Conference will be postponed with a plan to hold a blended (in person and virtual) ICGI conference from February 27-March 4, 2022 in Rehovot, Israel. We will consult with Prof Saranga and the local organizers who will provide an update on the status of the COVID-19 situation in Israel by the last week of October 2021. We will also consider the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel. No later than October 31, 2021, the ICGI steering committee will make a decision to: 1) proceed with the conference as planned (February 27 - March 4, 2022) or 2) organize a virtual ICGI conference to be held sometime in 2022.


Rehovot, Israel, Postponed until further notice


Photos: Yagev Kilman


On behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Agricultural Research Organization and the Israeli cotton community we respectfully invite you to attend the 2021 International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI) Research Conference, to be held at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Rehovot, Israel.

The conference will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of August 2, 2021, continue with two days of lectures and poster presentations (August 3-4, 2021) and conclude with a professional tour (August 5, 2021) dedicated to cotton production and related aspects. Additional tours will be offered to participants.

We are looking forward to hosting you in Israel at the
2021 ICGI Research Conference!!!

Sincerely yours,

Yehoshua (Shuki) Saranga
Chair of the local organizing committee

Important Dates:

  • March 1, 2021:
    Conference website open for registration and abstract submission 
  • April  9, 2021:
    Abstract submission closes
  • May 3, 2021:
    Abstract submitters notified of decision
  • July 1, 2021:
    Final program available
  • July 19, 2021:
    Power point presentations provided
  • August 2-5, 2021:
    ICGI Research Conference


Israeli Cotton – Long Staple with a Long Story

A millennia of tradition combined with inspiration for the future is the essence of Israeli cotton production. Cotton has been integrated with Israel's agricultural identity since Biblical times as evidenced by cotton fabric dated 100 BC excavated at Jason's Tomb in Jerusalem and the "Wool of the Vine" – a designation for the local cotton mentioned in the Mishnah - a re-script of the Jewish oral traditions dating back to the 2nd century AD.

The Kibbutzim, communal settlements based on egalitarian principles combined with broad-acre agricultural production in the rural periphery, were pioneers in modern day cotton production. At the forefront of global agricultural progress and state-of-the-art technology, it is these growers that adopted modern cultural methods and mechanization, professionalism in operations, and emphasis on continuous research and development.

Israel’s cotton production area in recent years has been ~8,000 hectares, which accounts for ~15% of the country’s irrigated field crops area. Despite being very small on the global scale, Israel’s cotton industry is a world leader in several aspects:

• Virtually 100% of Israel’s cotton is irrigated primarily using recycled water, and usually applied via drip irrigation, thus contributing to precious water conservation.

• Centrally orchestrated integrated pest management (IPM) measures, which combine pragmatic pesticide schemes with environmental consideration, have led to efficient control levels and sharply reduced infestation, costs and pollution over recent decades.

• These combined efforts have resulted in Israel's renowned record-breaking lint yields of 2 – 2.5 metric tons per hectare, coupled with world class quality.

• In recent years Israel's growers have been focusing on locally bred Extra Long Staple (Pima) and Long Staple inter-specific hybrid (Acalpi) cotton.

• Israeli cotton, a category of its own on the world market, has already surpassed international standards of yield and quality, bringing gratitude to farmers and a new vision to the textile industry.



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