FAO-ISHS Fruit and Vegetable Small-Scale Farming Webinar Series:
Innovative Technologies for Small-Scale Farmers
Tuesday, 21 June 2022 | 14:00 –15:30 CEST
Sustainable optimization of agricultural production is a priority to address today's social, economic and environmental challenges.
Innovation based on new technologies that are adapted for use by small-scale farmers can facilitate improved livelihoods based on sound ecological interactions.
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 62 Number 2 (June 2022) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol62nr2.
Topics in this number include
News & Views from the Board
Check out the current issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 77, issue 3, May-June 2022).
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 87, issue 3, June 2022) including the following articles:
FAO-ISHS Fruit and Vegetable Small-Scale Farming Webinar Series: Urban and Peri-urban Production Systems for Improved Livelihoods
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 | 14:00 –15:30 CEST
Rapid urbanization, population growth as well as shocks and stresses such as climate change, pandemics and conflicts are putting increasing pressure on urban food systems.
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 87, issue 2, April 2022) including the following articles:
Check out the current issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 77, issue 2, March-April 2022).
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 62 Number 1 (March 2022) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol62nr1.
Topics in this number include
News & Views from the Board
The Protea Working Group would like to congratulate Naomi Hattingh for winning the Young Minds award at the XIV International Protea Research Symposium in March 2022.
Naomi presented a paper on the pruning of Protea cynaroides 'Arctic Ice'. Well done and keep up the protea research!
A very succesful XIV International Protea Research Symposium was held in the Canary Islands in March 2022 in conjunction with the XIX International Protea Association Conference. The combined event included producer visits on La Palma and Tenerife islands. Various talks and research papers were presented. It was wonderful to exchange knowledge and build relationships in the Protea community in person!
I am Salit Supakitthanakorn, a Ph.D. candidate from the Division of Plant Pathology, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Dr. On-Uma Ruangwong. My current research is working on the diagnosis and development of molecular techniques for detection of virus and viroid diseases in chrysanthemum. In Thailand, chrysanthemum plants (Chrysanthemum × morifolium) have been cultivated for many decades. The main cultivation areas are in the northern region.
Nichapat Keawmanee is a Ph.D. student in the Science of Biological Production, United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Shizuoka University, Japan, under the supervision of Prof. Masaya Kato. Her recent research focused on the changes of pigment profiles in citrus during the fruit regreening process. Citrus fruit ripen from green to orange during the winter season. When the fruit remains on the tree late into the spring or summer season, the fruit skin color will reverse from orange to green. This is particularly visible for Valencia oranges.
Sitthisak Intarasit is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He completed his BSc in Biology in 2017, and his MSc in Plant Biology in 2019. These degrees were obtained from Chiang Mai University. His Ph.D. focused on browning disorder in longan (Dimocarpus longan Lour.), with emphasis on reactive nitrogen species (RNS) and nitrosative stress. Postharvest longan fruits are prone to senescence.
Han Palmers is a PhD student in the laboratory for Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement (PGCI) at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. His research concerns the occurrence and genetic control of meiotic plasticity in apple, and its application to apple breeding. Meiosis, the reductional division, is a key process in plant reproduction that usually serves to halve the somatic chromosome number to generate haploid gametes. In several plant species, meiotic aberrations can result in the formation of diploid (2n) gametes.
I am Michelle Stanton. A short time ago, I completed the requirements to receive an MSc (Agric) in Horticultural Sciences in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, under the supervision of Professor Elsa S. du Toit. My dissertation explored pollination as it related to the low-yielding nature of avocado trees. Within the study, my team developed a novel pollen counting methodology. Light microscopy revealed pollen abnormalities in cold stressed avocado (Persea americana Mill.) flowers cultivated in subtropical climates.
Dr. Timea Buru (Hitter) is a landscape engineer with a Ph.D. in Horticulture. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Horticulture and Landscaping, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Her major professors were Prof. Dr. Maria Cantor, Prof. Dr. Ionel Papuc and Prof. Dr. Erzsébet Buta. The objective of her study focused on the influence of therapeutic horticulture on the human-nature relationship. Nature, plants, or gardening activities have a positive impact on people’s well-being, mental and physical health.
Exposure to nature has been proven not only to restore our attention and increase positive emotion but also to lower stress and anxiety levels, bringing multiple health effects. Neurological research has found that a 90-minute walk in nature lowers the activation of emotion regulation areas in the brain, which is associated with a lower risk of mental illness. While the positive health benefits of human interaction with nature have been described, our knowledge is limited on the key feature or elements in nature that are critical to our health.
In Mexico, ‘quelites’ are consumed tender plants that grow adjacent to other crops. The consumption of quelites, as vegetables, in Mexico has occurred since pre-Hispanic times. Nowadays, among the most cultivated, studied, and consumed species are huazontle (Chenopodium berlandieri subsp. nuttaliie), quelite (Chenopodium berlandieri), verdolaga (Portulaca oleracea), and chaya (Cnidoscolus acnitifolius); however, many others with nutritional and functional potential have not been studied.
Itzel Rojas Puebla is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Her research focused on evaluating bacterial strains from different pathotypes and origins to develop biofilm using the epidermis of tomato fruit (Solanum lycopersicum L.) as a substrate. The presence of bacteria like E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in food is a warning of an outbreak of disease. E. coli O157:H7 can colonize edible plants by means of adhesion, survival, and internalization.
Marta Nunes da Silva is a biologist by training. She obtained her PhD in Agronomical Sciences in April 2021, from the University of Porto, Portugal. Her research interests include the study of plant-pathogens interactions, through physiological, genomic and metabolomic approaches, and plant nutrition, focusing on the effect of environmental contamination and distinct cultural practices on plant fitness and productivity. Marta’s PhD study focused on unravelling the regulatory mechanisms underpinning kiwifruit plant tolerance to the pandemic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv.
Iva Bažon is a PhD student at the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism (Poreč, Croatia), Department of Agriculture and Nutrition, and she has enrolled in a PhD study program at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture (Croatia). Her work is financed through Young Researchers’ Career Development Project (ESF DOK-2018-01) and the Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Molecular Plant Breeding (CroP-BioDiv, KK.01.1.1.01.0005). She is involved in the research of morphological and biochemical traits of Croatian garlic landraces maintained in a genebank collection of the Institute.
Aleksandra Korićanac is a PhD student at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture (module Fruit Science and Viticulture), Serbia. She is a Research Trainee at the Fruit Research Institute, Čačak, Serbia, where she has been employed since March 2019. Her research is focused on fruit quality changes during ripening, harvest, storage, and postharvest management of temperate zone fruit species, particularly plums. She is interested in studying the effect of pre- and postharvest treatments, which preserve fruit quality in an effective, economic, and environmentally friendly way.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are sensitive products with a short shelf-life. Often these are packaged to maintain their quality for a longer time. Active substances can be added in packaging to provide additional benefits such as moisture absorption, antimicrobial effect or removal of foul odours. Among such active substances, some materials scavenge or remove ethylene. Ethylene is a colorless gas, often referred to as “ripening hormone,” produced by fruit and vegetables. Accumulation of ethylene in packages causes the undesireable fast ripening in fruit and vegetables.
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 87, issue 1, February 2022) including the following articles:
Join us for the Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables #IYFV2021 on Thursday, 24 February 2022 from 13:00 to 14:30 CET through the virtual conferencing platform Zoom.
Pre-register for the ceremony: https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsf-yvrjIsHdIrjwqeUtEisIMYO31f_AbM
Check out the new issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 77, issue 1, January-February 2022).
The Rudolf Hermanns Foundation awards prizes of up to 12,500 euros to honor outstanding academic achievements in all disciplines of viticulture and horticulture.
The aim is to honor scientific research and academic achievements in viticulture and horticulture that have helped to advance the two disciplines.
The foundation is based at Hochschule Geisenheim University and awards the prize since 1991.
For further information and to download the application form, please go to:
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Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 86, issue 6, December 2021) including the following articles:
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 61 Number 4 (December 2021) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol61nr4 and login with your ISHS membership account credentials.
Topics in this number include
News & Views from the Board
Thijs Van Gerrewey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium, under the supervision of Professors Danny Geelen (HortiCell) and Nico Boon of the Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET). Together with Urban Crop Solutions (a turnkey vertical farming system solutions provider) and Agaris (a leading European growing media supplier), they are developing microbially enhanced plant growing media to improve plant quality and health in (vertical) hydroponics.
The modern consumer has become accustomed to a year-round supply of apple fruit. This continuous availability is possible through long-term storage techniques. Growers are able to extend fruit quality by controlling the immediate atmosphere around the apple, combining a low oxygen and high carbon dioxide gas mixture with low temperatures. This form of long-term storage is referred to as controlled atmosphere (CA) storage. In some cases, the storage conditions are too severe for the fruit and result in storage disorders.
I Putu Wahyu Sanjaya is currently a second-year PhD student in the Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Study Program at IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia, working on his dissertation entitled “Molecular analysis of Phalaenopsis resistance to soft-rot pathogen (Dickeya dadantii).” He has been working on the Phalaenopsis resistance studies since 2018. He obtained his MSi (Master of Science, Indonesia) degree working on similar topics from the same study program at IPB University.
Giacomo Palai is a PhD student at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the University of Pisa, Italy. He is supervised by Dr. Giovanni Caruso and Prof. Claudio D’Onofrio. His research focuses on the sustainable management of water resources in viticulture, with the objective to increase fruit quality. To achieve this aim, he has conducted a study on the effect of different deficit irrigation strategies and cultivar-rootstock combinations in grapes.
Fetid as its name, Orchidantha foetida Jenjitt. & K. Larsen, an unusual ginger-like species endemic to Thailand in the Zingiberales order, has a strong rotten odor. This plant secretes mucilage from its flowers. A recent study on anatomy, micromorphology, and histochemistry of Orchidantha flowers revealed papillae, small nipple-like projections, and a blistered and parallel wrinkled epidermis on the flower’s upper lip surface. In addition, this surface is sprinkled with minute droplets of substances that were secreted from the epidermal cells.
João Martins is a PhD student at the University of Coimbra and University of Aveiro, Portugal, under the supervision of Prof. Jorge Canhoto and Prof. Glória Pinto. His thesis aims to understand the mechanisms behind abiotic and biotic stress resistance of Arbutus unedo (Ericaceae, strawberry tree), a high resilient Mediterranean tree, with a great ecological importance and valuable applications in the pharmaceutical and food industries.
Inmaculada Martos-García got her BS degree in Agrifood Engineering and the Rural Environment at the University of Córdoba, Spain, in 2016. After graduation, she started her master’s studies in olive growing and olive oil technology at the same institution in 2019. She is currently immersed in her PhD studies under the supervision of Professor Dr. Ricardo Fernández Escobar and Dr. María Benlloch González in the Department of Agronomy of Cordoba University, Spain.
After finishing my Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Carlo Andreotti at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), I joined the working group “Berries and Stonefruits” at the Laimburg Research Centre (Italy). My academic experience, including the internship done at the Sant’Orsola agricultural cooperative (leader of the Italian berries market) gave me a broad background of knowledge about strawberry cultivation.
Lailia Zubaidah is a Master’s student in the Laboratory of Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She is working on a thesis entitled “Genome editing in Dendrobium lineale Rolfe an Indonesian orchid using CRISPR/Cas9.” This study focuses on a plant DNA transformation method to transfer T-DNA into the plant genome, and characterize transformant plants. Orchid is one of the most popular ornamental plants in the world. It is appreciated for its beautiful flowers and the adaptability of the plants in containers. Dendrobium is endemic in Indonesia.
Xianwei Meng is a PhD student at Hebei Agricultural University, under the supervision of Prof. Mengjun Liu and Prof. Jin Zhao. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of phase change and flowering regulation in Chinese jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.). Compared to most fruit tree species, Chinese jujube, one of the most economically important members of the diverse Rhamnaceae family, has unique characteristics that include a short juvenile phase and extremely fast flower bud differentiation.
Check out the new issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 76, issue 6, November-December 2021)
:: IHC2022 Abstract submission deadline extended to 20 December 2021 ::
Due to numerous requests and to allow as many people as possible to participate in the IHC2022, the local organizing committee in France has decided to extend the deadline for both the abstract submission as well as for the promotional offer of the super early bird discounted registration to December 20, 2021.
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 86, issue 5, October 2021) including the following articles:
Dear members of the ISHS Working Group Hydroponics & Aquaponics,
Please see below a call for posters at IHC2022 around the subject of "Innovations in teaching methods"
Graeme Smith, CAg, MAIA
Chair – ISHS Working Group – Hydroponics & Aquaponics
Vice Chair – ISHS Division – Protected Cultivation & Soilless Culture
Cell: +61 (0)427 339 009
It is with great regret to share with you the passing away of Professor Aboelfetoh M. Abdalla (1956-2021) in Egypt this October 2021.
Professor Abdalla was one of the Moringa Pioneers who participated in the First International Symposium on Moringa in Manila, Philippines, November 2015, and the Second International Symposium on Moringa in Pretoria, South Africa, November 2019.
Professor Abdalla established "The Egyptian Scientific Association of Moringa".
I am a teacher-researcher at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. My Ph.D. in Agroecology has allowed me to gain expertise in urban agriculture, waste management and vermiculture technologies. In the context of the reduction of arable land and urbanization, sustainable techniques must be developed to guarantee food quality. My current research involves soil-less crops and organic fertilizer production. My research examined the possibility of increasing crop productivity through micro-gardening, and the substitution of chemical fertilizer with vermicompost.
Changhyeon Kim is a PhD student supervised by Dr. Marc W. van Iersel in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA. His research focuses on development of a mechanistic model of lettuce dry matter accumulation to optimize lighting cost in controlled environment agriculture (CEA). He completed his BSc and MSc with a focus on fertigation for indoor crop production in the Department of Horticultural Science, Chungnam National University, Republic of Korea, in 2013 and 2015.
Sijia Chen is a PhD student at Horticulture and Product Physiology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, supervised by Dr. Ep Heuvelink, Professor Leo Marcelis as well as Professor Remko Offringa (Leiden University). Her research focuses on the effect of the light spectrum on fruit set in sweet pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). Fruit set is a crucial plant developmental process, determining yield in many crops. Pepper, as one of the most important and commonly consumed vegetables, is a crop with poor fruit set as typically about two-third of all flowers abort.