Mexico was awarded the role of host for the VIII International Postharvest Symposium in 2016. However, Dr. Gustavo Gonzalez Aquilar has decided to withdraw as host because of the uncertain security issues in his country at this time. While I am disappointed on behalf of Gustavo and the Mexican team, I am very pleased and thankful that Dr. Francisco Artes has agreed to run the conference in Spain. We hope that Mexico will have another opportunity to host this important postharvest meeting in future years.
The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) held the board meeting early December at Kyoto University, for the first time to have one in Japan, and took the opportunity to make a courtesy visit to the university's Graduate School of Agriculture (GSA) leadership on 5 December.
V International Symposium on Ecologically Sound Fertilization Strategies for Field Vegetable Production
Beijing, China, May 2015
The first announcement and call for abstracts is now available online.
Deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2014.
For more details see http://www.ishs.org/symposium/179
The call for abstracts for the XI International Mango Symposium has been extended until Friday 21 November 2014.
Please click here for further details http://www.ishs.org/symposium/331
V International Symposium on Cucurbits
Cartagena, Murcia (Spain) - June 2015
Save the date!
First announcement and call for abstracts.
Programme will cover the following topics:
- Genetics and Breeding
- Genomics and Biotechnology
- Crop Production, Physiology and Management
- Biotic Stresses
- Abiotic Stresses
- Fruit Quality and Post-Harvest
For more details see http://www.ishs.org/symposium/243
Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a professor at KU Leuven (Belgium) and head of banana breeding at IITA, is leading the project.
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 54 Number 3 (September 2014) is available. Content includes:
News & Views from the Board: Professor Roderick Drew – President of ISHS (2014-2018) • The New Board of the ISHS • Introduction to the Chairs of Sections and Commissions for the Term 2014-2018 • ISHS Awards Bestowed
The 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014), an outstanding success and unique opportunity in terms of advocacy for the profession. Held in Brisbane from 17-22 August 2014, it attracted 3,400 delegates from 106 countries.
With the addition of more than 9 hours video footage covering the most important moments of the successful International Horticultural Congress, IHC2014, last August in Brisbane, ISHS recently launched its video channel on YouTube, adding to the already popular "Harvesting the Sun" video.
On August 21, 2014, at the ISHS General Assembly in Brisbane, Australia which took place at the 2014 International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014) the new ISHS Board came into office for a 4-year term until the next International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018) in Istanbul, Turkey.
From left to right: Jozef Van Assche, Rod Drew (President), Jens Wünsche, Jill Stanley, Silvana Nicola, Ryutaro Tao, Yves Desjardins and Yüksel Tüzel
For contact details check out http://www.ishs.org/ishs-board
Life would be 'boring' without horticulture, says Australian Prof. Rod Drew, taking the reins of International Society for Horticultural Science
The ISHS Commission Quality and Postharvest Horticulture is pleased to announce the setup of a new Working Group "Modelling of Postharvest Processes"
For more details check out the Working Group home page at http://www.ishs.org/modelling-postharvest-processes and make sure to join and update your ISHS membership profile accordingly in case you have an interest in the subject.
The business meeting of the Commission Plant Genetic Resources was held during IHC2014 in Brisbane, Australia.
The minutes can be accessed here.
International Congress Cauliflower (France) December 2015 (non-ISHS). Challenges of European production. 10+11 December 2014, Saint-Pol-de-Léon, France.
Pineapple Newsletter 21: July 2014 is available online. Check out the Pineapple Newsletters link online at http://www.ishs.org/pineapple
III Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research, Education and Extension: APS2014
Hochiminh City (Vietnam) - December 8-11, 2014
Deadline for abstract submissions extended.
New deadline is July 31, 2014 instead of June 30, 2014
The symposium will include following topics:
Chronica Horticulturae volume 54 number 2 (June 2014) is available. Go to the ISHS website at www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae and download your copy (*)
XI International Mango Symposium
Darwin, Australia, September 2015
First announcement and call for abstracts
Call for abstracts will be opened end of June 2014.
A link is available on the symposium registration page on which you and others can register your interest in the Symposium.
You will then be notified and kept up-to-date with information about the Symposium as it is posted in the web page.
UPDATE - June 19, 2014: Program at a Glance: Now Available! www.ihc2014.org
UPDATE - November 11, 2013: Abstract Submissions have now closed - registration is open.
It is our great pleasure as Co-Chairs of the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014) to invite you to submit up to two abstracts and to register for the Congress.
Save the date: XII International Controlled and Modified Atmosphere Research Conference - CaMa2017
Warsaw, Poland, June 2017
XIV Eucarpia Symposium on Fruit Breeding and Genetics
Bologna, Italy, June 2015
V International Symposium on Applications of Modelling as an Innovative Technology in the Horticultural Supply Chain - Model-IT 2015
Wageningen, The Netherlands, October 2015
II International Symposium on Pyrethrum, Kyoto (Japan), August 2015.
Towards eco-friendly applications, breeding of Tanacetum, regulation of pyrethrins, gene expression & pyrethrin biosynthesis, green leaf volatiles & terpenes, herbivore & pest control, target site actions & resistance
For more details check out: http://www.ishs.org/symposium/390
Concluding the Norman Borlaug Centennial Year, experts will explore the question of whether we can sustainably feed the 9 billion people who will be on our planet by the year 2050.
VI International Symposium on Production and Establishment of Micropropagated Plants
San Remo (Italy), April 2015
Preliminary Announcement. For more details check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/384
IX International Symposium on Artichoke, Cardoon and their Wild Relatives
La Plata (Argentina), September 2015.
Preliminary announcement - for more details check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/424
Preliminary announcement for the organization of the: IX International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding in Giza, Egypt, January 2016.
More details will gradually be made available: http://www.ishs.org/symposium/492
VIII International Symposium on New Ornamental Crops and XII International Protea Research Symposium and XVII International Protea Association Conference
Perth, Australia, August 2015
VI Balkan Symposium on Vegetables and Potatoes - Zagreb (Croatia), September 2014. Second Announcement is now available online in the symposium web pages.
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until June 1, 2014 - for more details check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/372
We are looking forward to hosting you in Zagreb!
Dr. Bozidar Benko and Dr. Sanja Fabek, Conveners
V International Conference Postharvest Unlimited
Cyprus, June 2014.
It is our pleasure to announce the Scientific Program of the V International Postharvest Unlimited Symposium. The program is comprised of 17 keynote talks, 69 oral presentations and 130 poster presentations. Exceptionally, this event is supported by the COST Actions FA1104 'Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market' and FA1106 'An integrated systems approach to determine the developmental mechanisms controlling fleshy fruit quality in tomato and grapevine'.
The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability of land, water and energy," said Dr. Fred Davies, senior science advisor for the agency's bureau of food security. "Food issues could become as politically destabilizing by 2050 as energy issues are today."
I International Symposium on Moringa
Manila (Philippines), November 2015
Chronica Horticulturae 54 number 1 (March 2014) is available now.
To download your copy go to http://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol54nr1
The World Food Prize Foundation is seeking nominations for the The Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application
Below is the result in the elections for the ISHS Executive Committee (2014-2018).
Elected Chairpersons will come into office by the end of the 2014 International Horticultural Congress (Brisbane, August 2014) where the results of the elections will be confirmed by the ISHS Council:
Prestigious floral event, the Floralies International – Nantes, take place in Nantes (France), every 5 years since 1956. For the 11th Floralies International – Nantes from 8th to 18th may 2014, the visitors are invited to discover ornamental scenes develop by professionals and passionate amateurs from all over France and around the world. During 11 days, the "Parc de la Beaujoire" will be transformed into a beautiful ephemeral garden.
The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
The Miklos Faust International Travel Award for Young Pomologists is soliciting applications for financial assistance to attend the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia on August 17-22, 2014.
The Commission Plant Genetic Resources supports Bioversity International in the following surveys.
The neglected and underutilized species (NUS) team at Bioversity International kindly requests your participation in two surveys that Bioversity International and FAO are conducting targeting the agricultural research and development community interested in crop diversity or neglected and underutilized species (NUS).
33rd International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC) of AVRDC; Vegetables: From Seed to Table and Beyond
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 September – 5 December 2014.
Dear Members of the Commission Plant Genetic Resources - as the year 2014 has started I would like to give you an update of activities of the Commission in 2013 and our plans for the time ahead.
While Israeli growers certainly have their share of challenges, including high labor costs and water scarcity, they also have several things in their favor. One of those advantages is the Volcani Institute, the research arm of the Ministry of Agriculture, where researchers work on practical breakthroughs to help Israeli growers better ship their produce all over the world. "When we send fruit to Europe, it takes us longer," said Dr.
The ISHS Secretariat will soon be initiating the procedure for the election of Section and Commission Chairs and Vice Chairs. During the next International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014, Brisbane, Australia, August 2014) those (re)elected will come into office for the next 4-year term: 2014-2018 (until the next IHC2018 in Istanbul, Turkey, 2018).
Both the election rounds as well as the preliminary nomination of candidates are reserved to ISHS members-only.
An outstanding group of fruit crop physiologists is retiring including (in alphabetical order) Ted DeJong, University of California-Davis; James Flore, Michigan State University; Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts; Alan Lakso, Cornell University; John Palmer, Plant and Food; and James Syvertsen, University of Florida.
UPDATE 2: November 11, 2013: Abstract submissions have now closed - registration is open!
UPDATE: November 1, 2013: Call for abstracts extended. FINAL DEADLINE is Friday 8 November!
The Call for Abstracts for the 9th International Horticultural Congress 2014 will be closing shortly on 1 November 2013. If you haven't already submitted your abstract and intend on presenting at the Congress, don't miss this opportunity. To submit your abstract: