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First Conference on BIODIVERSITY: Agrobiodiversity along the Value Chain

We are thrilled to share the success of the BIODIVERSITY conference, a collaborative effort by CROPDIVA, and supported by BIOVALUE, RADIANT, and DIVINFOOD. The event took place from December 4th to 6th, 2023, in Ghent, Belgium.

Key Contributors and Topics:

  1. Panagiota Sergaki – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)

Topic: Cooperative agricultural products for sustainable local areas, ecosystems, and biodiversity

  1. Irina Solovieva – Justus-Liebig University of Giessen (JLU)

Topic: Constraints to crop diversity in value chains: a case of underutilized crops in Germany

  1. Marija Ranic – Capacity Development in Nutrition of Serbia (CAPNUTRA)

Topics: Evaluating sensory aspects of innovative food dish prototypes and recipes incorporating underutilized ingredients Utilizing nutritional characteristics of overlooked plants within agrobiodiversity to address diverse nutrition and food security goals

  1. Konstadinos Mattas – BIOVALUE Project Coordinator

Prof. Mattas actively participated in the conference and served as a valuable member of the scientific committee.

Conference Overview

The conference, themed “Agrobiodiversity along the Value Chain,” aimed to explore and promote the importance of biodiversity in agriculture. Experts and researchers from diverse fields shared their insights, fostering discussions on sustainable practices, cooperative initiatives, and the integration of underutilized crops in value chains.


The BIOVALUE project played a pivotal role, with its experts contributing valuable presentations and speeches. Prof. Panagiota Sergaki, Dr. Irina Solovieva, and Dr. Marija Ranic delved into crucial aspects of sustainable agriculture, crop diversity constraints, and innovative approaches to underutilized ingredients.

We extend our gratitude to all participants and especially to Prof. Konstadinos Mattas for his role in shaping the conference as a member of the scientific committee.

Stay tuned for more updates on the outcomes and future initiatives arising from this groundbreaking conference!


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