The proposed symposium aims to accompany FRYMED (INCO/DC Contract ERB IC18-CT98-0300) in order to develop a wider integrated approach with a enlarged group of people and to get a greater impact in the region. It will allow to disseminate and transfer widely the Framed results and to integrate additional results from other groups. The symposium will be the opportunity to gather the different partners involved on these crops in the Region in order to set up a joint strategy for these crops the future of research and crop development in the Mediterranean Region. The proceedings will integrate the talks and the discussion synthesis for an efficient exploitation of the symposium. Following the discussions of the symposium, training courses and preparation of future formal and joint collaborations in the region will be implemented.