EVALUATION OF THE SYMPOSIUM AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
A. Liptay (Canada), D. Fritz (Germany), H. Bannerot (France), J.Y. Péron (France) and G.W.H. Welles (The Netherlands) were willing to take part in this working group.
The results of the inquiries at the end of the symposium clearly showed the approval of the participants of the programme divided in 3 main sections. The first section however, marketing and economy, consisted only of 6 contributions of only 4 countries. It was generally felt that this section needs more attention, especially with respect to identification of overall trends in consumer demands and consumers response to new vegetable crops. Moreover, it was noticed that research on domestication and breeding as well as crop research should follow the results of marketing research. An important future criterion for introduction of any new vegetable crop will be whether it contains sufficient important internal quality atributes such as minerals, proteins, vitamins and sugars. This was clearly demonstrated by Prof. D. Fritz. Also aromatic, medicinal and wild plants will need, more attention from research.
This first symposium on diversification inherently embraced a wide range of problems and possibilities of new vegetable crops, grown either in the open or under protection. For the 1992 symposium it should, however, be considered to present separate case studies of root, leaf, fruit, aromatic, medicinal and wild plants. In those case studies results of marketing and economy, genetic resources and breeding as wel as crop research could be presented. By restricting the number of communications more time could be available for discussion than in this first symposium. Apart from lectures dealing with case studies of specific crops, invited speakers which give an overall view of aspects of diversification will be indispensable as was apparent during this first symposium.
This first symposium on diversification was very well arranged by the local French organizing committee. Besides an excellent programme with lectures and posters and very interesting excursions, an outstanding social programme made this symposium an unforgettable event. High points in the social programme were the reception of all participants at the town hall of Angers and an exquisite dinner with a wide