The Working Group Loquat was established in Guangzhou in April 2006. At that time, the II International Symposium on Loquat was being held in Guangzhou. Prof. Jules Janick, at the time Board member of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and Honorary Professor of Purdue University, USA, represented ISHS and witnessed the establishment of the Working Group Loquat. Dr. Shunquan Lin (China) was the first Chair, and Dr. M.L. Badenes (Spain) was Vice-Chair. Members of the Working Group are loquat researchers from about 30 countries around the world. Two subsequent symposia have been held: the III International Symposium on Loquat in Antakya, Turkey (2010) and the IV International Symposium on Loquat in Sicily, Italy (2014).
Loquat belongs to the Rosaceae family and the Eriobotrya genus; some consider it belongs to the Maloideae sub family. The Eriobotrya genus includes 26 species. Only common loquat is used for cultivation. Common loquat in China alone is cultivated on about 130,000 hectares. There are no data for loquat in FAO, so area and production in the world is unknown. Common loquat can be grafted with other loquats and has a certain proportion of cross affinity. Loquat genome sequencing has been accomplished, led by South China Agricultural University.
The Working Group covers all disciplines, including but not limited to: molecular genetics, breeding and new cultivar development, plant physiology, cultural practices, sustainability, water management, soil and soilless media, nutrition, pests and diseases and their control and management, harvest and postharvest management, processing and packaging, markets and marketing.
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South China Agricultural University