ISHS: WHAT IS AND HOW TO INSERT THIS SYMPOSIUM IN ITS ACTIVITIES
My first words have to be related with the excellent work of Prof. Maria Esmeralda Demattê and her team, in particular Prof. Taís Graziano, who must be strongly congratulated as organisers of this scientific meeting dealing with such an important subject and with participants of different countries. Most of us know well how much work is involved, how much time is spent and how many delicate problems have to be solved before a symposium like this one takes place.
In this team there is no "our ISHS person in Jaboticabal" as all this active and imaginative people does not still belong to any Working Group of the ISHS Section of Ornamentals (SO) which obliges me to present some information about ISHS and this Section.
ISHS scientific life, specially in Ornamentals, is quite recent in the activities of your "young" South American branch and our Society has a long history (more than a century!) around the world.
The SO is one of the six branches that vertically structure the ISHS, the others being the Sections for Fruits, Vegetables, Viticulture, Roots and Tubers, and Aromatic and Medicinal Plants.
According to the ISHS's Rules of Procedure, a Chairperson runs the Section - in our case one Chairperson, Dr. O. Christensen, from Denmark - helped by one or more Vice-Chairpersons, elected for a maximum of two 4-years term. The Chairperson is assisted by the members of the SO, maximum of three per country, appointed by its Council.
But in fact the work of the SO is done through its Working Groups: they have the initiatives, they program the symposia, they find the conveners and they assist publication of the Acta Horticulturae. The SO has now five Working Groups: Rose, Protea, Flower Bulbs, New Floricultural Crops and Quality.
Palm plants (trees or bushes; adults or in nurseries; in gardens; in landscapes; etc.) are very important and therefore I will support your initiative to promote a new Working Group on "Ornamental Monocots (from the Tropics)".