ISHS Divisions

Restructuring the Scientific Structure of ISHS: Divisions

At the IHC2018, a revised scientific structure will come in place which is to replace the existing Sections and Commissions by introducing a series of Divisions instead. This new structure had been initiated by the ISHS Council, discussed in details by the ISHS Executive Committee and has received the consent of all Section and Commission Chairs.

To optimize ISHS symposia (cost/benefit analysis, rationalizing resources of the Society) and to improve the scientific experience of each ISHS member (member demand) by creating more exciting and fun meetings and in the same time further improving the relevancy of ISHS meetings in the future to be even more inclusive in innovative issues, a revised structure for the ISHS Executive Committee had to be adopted.

As part of the restructuring the concept of 'Section' and 'Commission' will be changed into using the term 'Division' instead.
The concept of 'Commission' will only be used for 'special commissions' (currently: Banana and Plantain, Plant Cultivar Registration).

Since Executive Committee elections are to take place prior to IHC2018, the concept of Division is already in use for the purpose of the elections.

The elections being organized based on the new structure of Divisions do not affect the current Sections and Commissions which are to remain operational as usual until after the IHC2018. Once the new elected Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons in the new Divisions will have been confirmed into office at the IHC2018 the new structure will come into place and the current Sections/Commissions will cease to exist.

Members in the current Sections and Commissions will automatically be moved into the new Divisions covering the scope of their research interest. Members in the current Sections and Commissions will be invited to candidate and/or to vote based on the Sections or Commissions they participate in.

The list of the Divisions with their respective names, internal reference code, scope and the details of which of the current Sections and/or Commissions they incorporate is below:

 

Plant Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (DBIO)

The Division deals with collection, characterization and conservation of plant genetic resources, breeding, in vitro culture, micropropagation and molecular biology

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Commission Molecular biology and in vitro Culture
  • Commission Plant Genetic Resources

Tropical and Subtropical Fruit and Nuts (DTRO)

The Division deals with tree fruit and nut crops typically grown in tropical and subtropical climates

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Section Tropical and Subtropical Fruits
  • Section Nuts and Mediterranean Climate Fruits
  • Commission Plant Protection

Temperate Tree Fruits (DFRU)

The Division deals with tree fruit crops typically grown in Temperate or Mediterranean climates

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Section Nuts and Mediterranean Climate Fruits
  • Section Pome and Stone Fruits
  • Commission Plant Protection

Temperate Tree Nuts (DNUT)

The Division deals with tree nut crops typically grown in Temperate or Mediterranean climates

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Section Nuts and Mediterranean Climate Fruits
  • Commission Plant Protection

Vine and Berry Fruits (DVIN)

The Division deals with vine and berry crops

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Section Vine and Berry Fruits
  • Commission Plant Protection

Ornamental Plants (DORN)

The Division deals with ornamentals and floriculture

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Section Ornamental Plants
  • Commission Plant Protection

Vegetables, Roots and Tubers (DVEG)

The Division deals with vegetables & roots and tubers

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Section Vegetables, Quality Production Systems, Leafy Green and Non-root vegetables
  • Section Vegetables, Roots, Tubers, Edible Bulbs, Brassica, Asparagus
  • Commission Plant Protection

Physiology and Plant-Environment Interactions of Horticultural Crops in Field Systems (DPHY)

The Division deals with the biology, physiology, and management of horticultural crops in conventional and organic systems. Themes are centered on crop physiology, water relations, irrigation, nutritional requirements, fertilization, abiotic stresses, stress mitigation, cropping systems, root-soil interactions and soil health.

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Commission Irrigation and Plant Water Relations
  • Section Pome and Stone Fruits
  • Section Nuts and Mediterranean Climate Fruits
  • Section Tropical and Subtropical Fruits
  • Section Vegetables, Quality Production Systems, Leafy Green and Non-root vegetables
  • Section Vegetables, Roots, Tubers, Edible Bulbs, Brassica, Asparagus
  • Commission Organic horticulture
  • Commission Plant Protection

Protected Cultivation and Soilless Culture (DPRO)

The Division deals with horticulture under cover and netting, in a greenhouse environment or in an advanced controlled environment, either in soil or in soilless culture

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Commission Protected Cultivation
  • Commission Plant Substrates and Soilless Culture
  • Commission Organic Horticulture
  • Section Ornamental Plants
  • Section Vegetables, Quality Production Systems, Leafy Green and Non-root vegetables
  • Section Vegetables, Roots, Tubers, Edible Bulbs, Brassica, Asparagus
  • Commission Plant Protection

Postharvest and Quality Assurance (DPHQ)

The Division deals with postharvest physiology and pathology, technology and processing of horticultural products and with quality management and assurance in horticulture

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Commission Quality and Postharvest Horticulture
  • Commission Plant Protection

Precision Horticulture and Engineering (DENG)

The Division deals with horticultural engineering, automation in horticulture and machinery, precision horticulture, big data management and modelling, Controlled Environment Horticulture engineering and artificial lighting

Scope relates to current group:

  • Commission Horticultural Engineering

Horticulture for Human Health (DHEA)

The Division deals with horticulture for human health and wellbeing, encompassing medicinal and aromatic plants, fruit and vegetables for health, including functional food and nutraceutical properties

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Commission Fruit and Vegetables and Health
  • Section Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Horticulture for Development (DDEV)

The division deals with aspects related to sustaining lives, livelihoods and rural development, education and training

Scope relates to current groups:

  • Commission Economics and Management
  • Commission Education, Research Training and Consultancy

Landscape and Urban Horticulture (DURB)

The Division deals with Landscape Horticulture and Ecology and with the impacts and roles of horticulture in a metropolitan context

Scope relates to current group:

  • Commission Landscape and Urban Horticulture