SOME ASPECTS OF FUTURE WORK
The need of a better timing of the field production of vegetables is generally recognized and has been further motivated by Carlsson in the introductory general lecture. It is to be expected that in the future its importance will increase even more, not only in so far as the processing-industry is concerned, but also in regard to supplying the market with fresh vegetables.
During this week we learned that many research workers in various countries are much interested in this subject which is more problem-orientated than purely science-orientated. Many times we can speak about years of plenty but no prosperity. This often creates a bottleneck in vegetable growing in the open, also in view of its further development. It is therefore desirable to consider out future activities within this working-group.
This symposium was actually a general reconnoitring of various aspects that can influence the timing. The experiences and personal contacts resulting from this reconnaissance may be of priceless value for the future.
If you feel as I do, I think I may conclude that apparently there will soon be too many factors that influence the timing of the field production of vegetables. As a result, this subject may seem somewhat too complicated to be handled by one group consisting of such a varied range of experts. I am of the opinion, however, that we must not step aside for any such objections, would they arise. For it will be of specific importance that by means of this working-group we get better acquainted with the mutual relations of various factors in respect to better spreading of the field production and better planning. When looking at the organization, however, I would like to suggest setting up some more specialized contact-groups within this large working-group.
Since factors such as the assortment of varieties, the type of soil, the climate, etc. have a locally defined character, we should first of all consider the more generally applicable principles in respect to timing, in order to be successful in setting up special contact-groups.
One of the most general factors in this respect is no doubt the growth regulation. It therefore seems most desirable to set up a separate group within our working-group to handle this subject. Even more so, as it concerns a relatively new kind of research work, demanding much specialized knowledge. Professor Van Overbeek once said: "What we