The Working Group Bioregulators in Fruit Production aims to provide the opportunity for all interested people from scientific institutes, universities and industries to meet and better comprehend the efficacy and physiological role of bioregulators in controlling both plant growth and the quality of fruit production. The Working Group organizes symposia and workshops, where attendees can share their latest results and thinking and identify potential collaborative initiatives. The integration of different disciplines, such as plant physiology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology and horticultural management, will allow to step forward into the understanding of the mechanisms of bioregulators that will contribute to successful fruit production. This Working Group will be characterized by a continuous and complete flow of information, generating new perspectives for basic scientific discoveries, practical application and education.
The production of fruit relies, in fact, on important physiological processes underlying a myriad of physical and biochemical changes occurring to render this organ more attractive and palatable to modern consumers. The role of fruits in the human daily diet is also nowadays considered more important than before, for the already known and established effect on the promotion of human health. The beneficial aspects of fruits depend on molecules and compounds developed during the phases of fruit development, maturation and ripening, events highly controlled by the coordinated action of different types of plant hormones. The regulation of fruit physiology has been managed, amongst other techniques, through the exogenous application of important categories of plant bioregulators.
This knowledge would enable a more efficient and sustainable horticulture, suitable to face the future demands of food necessary to feed an increasing number of people, with a lower availability of resources and in respect of the environment. The climate change we are all experiencing would also seriously impact on horticultural production, with important effects on final fruit quality. To this end, the application of bioregulators might contribute to solutions to sustain fruit production in a changing environment.
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School of Agriculture and Biology
Shanghai Jiaotong University