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Cucurbitaceae 2000
Second Announcement

September 1999

Dear Colleague,

The response to our first announcement for the VIIth Eucarpia Meeting on Cucurbit Genetics and Breeding has been most encouraging. We hope that the meeting will provide a fruitful scientific forum for the discussion of the latest developments in cucurbit research.

Below please find the call for papers. Our aim is to have the proceedings of the meeting published by the opening date of the meeting (19.3.2000). As the proceedings will be published in Acta Horticulturae, we urge you to submit your papers by the deadline of 15.11.1999.

In addition to the scientific program we shall visit the Arava (the Rift Valley), Israel's major region of winter growth of cucurbits, and combine it with visits to the unique sites of Masada, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. A special program for accompanying persons will be offered as well as several interesting options for tours.

We look forward to seeing you at Cucurbitaceae 2000.

Nurit Katzir - on behalf of the Organizing Committee



Germplasm Evaluation
Disease & Pest Resistance
Physiological Aspects of Breeding & Genetics
Map Construction & Molecular Markers

Organizing Committee:
Newe Ya'ar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO)
   Nurit Katzir, Chair
   Ron Cohen
   Menahem Edelstein
   Zvi Karchi

Advisory Committee

Shlomo Cohen
Yigal Cohen
Guy Elyashiv
Haim Nerson
Rivka Offenbach
Rafael Perl-Treves
Arthur Schaffer
Eyal Vardi


Volcani Center, ARO
Bar-Ilan University
Zeraim Ltd.
Newe Ya'ar Research Center, ARO
R&D Arava
Bar-Ilan University
Volcani Center, ARO
Hazera Ltd.

Editorial Committee
Newe Ya'ar Research Center, ARO
   Nurit Katzir
   Harry Paris

c/o International Travel & Congresses Ltd.
POB 29313, 61292 Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel: +972 3 795 1444 Fax: +972 3 510 7716


SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2000



Arrival, registration & distribution of material
Welcome dinner

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2001





Opening session
Scientific session
Coffee break
Scientific session
Lunch break
Scientific session
Coffee break
Scientific session
Dinner at Abu Ghosh


All day


Tour & Field Trip
Dinner at Ma'ale Hahamisha






Scientific session
Coffee break
Scientific session
Lunch break
Scientific session
Coffee break
Tour of Jerusalem & Dinner






Scientific session
Coffee break
Scientific Session
Lunch break
Closing session
Coffee break


SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2000
Welcome dinner at Ma'ale Hahamisha

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2000
Dinner at an oriental restaurant in the nearby Arab village of Abu Ghosh

Tour & Field Trip
Leaving Ma'ale Hahamisha after an early breakfast, the bus takes you through the impressive Judean desert, where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered. After a visit to the Zohar Experimental Station - Em Tamar - by the Dead Sea, we shall visit Masada, King Herod's mountain fortress and a symbol of a crossroads in the Jewish ethos. After lunching and relaxing at the Em Gedi Spa, you'll be able to take a dip in the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth (390 m below sea level), and experience the unforgettable sensation of being "unsinkable."

Tour of Jerusalem & Dinner
One of the world's most exciting cities, Jerusalem never fails to move, delight and inspire the visitor. This tour offers a look at some of its cardinal sites. Beginning in the old city after entering one of the walled city's gates, the walk follows the route taken by generations of pilgrims and includes visits to the Western Wall, Christ's Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the covered market and the reconstructed Cardo marketplace. At the Cardo, dinner will be served at the Culinaria restaurant.


In addition to all the above, registered accompanying persons are invited to the following tour:

Tour for Accompanying Persons
Tel Aviv - Jaffa - Monday, March 20, 2000, 08.30-16.00
Leaving Ma'ale Hahamisha after breakfast, the tour takes you to the coastal city of Tel Aviv, and starts off at the Museum of the Diaspora, which records the history of Jewish communities throughout the world and throughout the ages. This will be followed by a visit to the port area of Jaffa, parts of which have been restored and converted into artists studios, restaurants and shops. Lunch is not included, but time will be allowed for a lunch stop. Return to Ma'ale Hahamisha.


Kibbutz Ma'ale Hahamisha Guesthouse
Tel:+972 2 533 1331 Fax: +972 2 554 2144

The meeting will be held in English.

The weather in March is pleasant during the day and cooler in the evenings. Some rain can be expected. Average temperatures: 7-15° C (44-60° F). Dress will be informal for all occasions. Please remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, appropriate modest dress for visits to holy sites, swim suits and hats.

These desks will be operated by International Travel & Congresses Ltd. from Sunday, March 19 at 16.00 till the end of the meeting. International's staff will be pleased to assist participants with tour bookings, car-rentals or any other travel requirements.

The guesthouse at Kibbutz Ma'ale Hahamisha is a 15 minute drive from Jerusalem. Facilities include air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, an informal dining room, indoor and outdoor (in season) swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa and health club, shops, and, above all, vistas of tranquil forest scenery.

Operated by the Nesher company, shuttle taxis from Ben Gurion International Airport with dropoff at Kibbutz Ma'ale Hahamisha are available, at approximately US $12.00 per person.

International Ltd. is the official travel agent for the meeting, providing all tourist services to participants, such as additional hotel accommodations, car rentals and tours. Reservations should be made as soon as possible on the enclosed accommodation form, accompanied by a deposit of one night's accommodation per person. The balance must be paid in full by January 19, 2000.

Accommodation rates:

Double room
(2 persons)

Single room
(1 person)

Ma'ale Hahamisha Guesthouse



Rates are quoted per room per night, and include an Israeli buffet breakfast, one meal and two coffee breaks per day and all service charges.


Registration fees:

By 1.1.2000

After 1.1.2000




Accompanying person



Registration fees for participants cover: participation in the meeting sessions, name tag and kit, final program and conference proceedings, coffee breaks during sessions and all social events and trips.

Registration fees for accompanying persons cover: participation in all social events and trips as well as the tour to Tel Aviv.


Refunds will be made if written cancellation is received as follows: Before January 1, 2000 - full refund, less $ 40.00 handling fee
After January 1, 2000 - 60% refund CONGRESS ORGANIZERS

International Travel & Congresses Ltd.
POB 29313
20 Rothschild Boulevard
61292 Te Aviv, Israel
Tel:+972 3 795 1444 Fax: +972 3 510 7716

Rates for all tours are based on a minimum of 15 participants per tour, and include entrance fees and porterage (where applicable), touring in luxury air- conditioned buses and guiding by Government-licensed English speaking guides. Tips, personal items and meals (unless specifically stated) are not included. A deposit of $100.00 per person per tour is required with each reservation. Payment of the balance may be made to International Ltd. upon arrival at the meeting.

TOUR A: Galilee     Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26, 2000


$ 680 double room (2 persons)

$ 420 single room (1 person)

The tour includes 3 overnight stops on bed and breakfast basis, the first at Ma'ale Hahamisha Guesthouse, the second at a kibbutz guesthouse in the Galilee (with dinner), and the third at a superior-class hotel in Tel Aviv.

Thursday, March 23, 2000
Overnight at Ma'ale Hamisha Guesthouse

Friday, March 24, 2000
The tour will leave Ma'ale Hahamisha after breakfast, and take you through the Judean desert to the ancient city of Jericho. The route continues in a northerly direction, the next stop being Nazareth, where Jesus Christ spent his youth, and includes a visit to the Church of the Annunciation. From there you proceed to Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee, surrounded by the purple-shaded Golan Heights; the countryside provides a stunning background to the sites in the area. These include the ancient synagogue of Capernaum, and Tabgha, the very spot where Jesus Christ performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

Dinner and overnight: Kibbutz Guesthouse in the Galilee

Saturday, March 25, 2000
After breakfast at the guesthouse, the tour makes its way to the coastal walled town of Acre - once besieged by Napolean Bonaparte - for a visit to the underground caverns, built by the Crusaders. Once a port which controlled the great land- route trade from north to south, today Acre is a picturesque town with a fishing harbour. Driving along the Mediterranean coastline, you will pass through Haifa, stopping for a panoramic view of the bay and port area. Continuing the drive southwards, you will visit the reconstructed site of Caesarea. Excavations have unearthed a magnificent amphitheatre (in use to this very day), a harbour, dwellings, storage rooms and an aqueduct.

Overnight: Superior-class hotel in Tel Aviv

Sunday, March 26, 2000
Tour ends after breakfast

TOUR B: Eilat     Thursday-Sunday, March 23-26, 2000


$ 690 double room (2 persons)

$ 455 single room (1 person)

The tour includes 3 overnight stops on a bed and breakfast basis, the first at Ma'ale Hahamisha Guesthouse, and the next two at a first-class hotel in Eilat

Thursday, March 23, 2000

Overnight at Ma'ale Hamisha Guesthouse

Friday, March 24, 2000
After breakfast at Ma'ale Hahamisha, the bus will follow a southward route through the Negev desert, stopping for a visit to the modest "hut" at Kibbutz Sde Boker to which David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, retired. The next stop is at the ruins of the 2000 year old Nabatean city of Avdat, and then on to the town of Mitzpe Ramon, situated on the edge of the Ramon Crater. The visitors center, overlooking the crater, affords a splendid view of the crater and the surrounding area, and from there the tour continues to the thriving resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea.

Overnight: First-class hotel in Eilat

Saturday, March 25, 2000
After breakfast, visit the Marine Museum and the Underwater Observatory to view the world-famous coral reefs and shoals of tropical and exotic fish, and after that proceed for a tour of the Timna Valley to see Solomon's Pillars, an ancient Egyptian temple and a natural rock formation, the Mushroom Rock. After returning to Eilat, the rest of the of day is "at leisure," leaving time to swim, snorkel, skin dive or relax on one of Eilat's beaches.

Overnight: First-class hotel in Eilat

Sunday, March 26, 2000
Leave Eilat after breakfast for the drive back to Jerusalem via the Arava Road, stopping at Sodom on the Dead Sea. The tour ends in Jerusalem at approximately 13.00.


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