Hello to all members of ISHS Working Group Hydroponics & Aquaponics
A group of researchers from the University of Washington on an international project – Cityfood – is running a global aquaponics survey and this survey will provide researchers with real-world information about existing aquaponic systems and farms which define current practices and using results from this survey, researchers aim to connect and empower aquaponic farmers, researchers and decision-makers.
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 59 Number 1 (March 2019) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol59nr1 and login with your ISHS membership account credentials.
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News & Views from the Board
Leonardo Soldatelli Paim is an agronomist, who graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil (2016). After graduation, he started his master’s studies in plant science at the same institution (2017), working through a well-established partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, Grape and Wine (EMBRAPA) and the State University of Rio Grande do Sul (UERGS).
Ms. Diana Valle is currently a PhD student at the Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA Las Brujas) in Uruguay. For her master’s studies she focused on finding alternative strategies to the chemical control of Cacopsylla bidens, one of the main pests in pear orchards. Following that work in her PhD, she is mapping the trophic networks that involve C. bidens as a prey, because the information is scarce on which of the generalist predators is effectively feeding on C. bidens.
Ms. Violeta Lindo García is a PhD student at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Research and Technology (IRTA) in Lleida (Spain) working in the field of postharvest physiology. The main objective of her thesis is to study the biochemical and physiological basis of superficial scald in different pear cultivars as well as to elucidate some key aspects of pear ripening. Superficial scald is a physiological disorder affecting the peel of both apples and pears after cold storage and leading to important economic losses.
Having grown up around horticulturists – my grandfather Dr. Carl Campbell was a Professor Emeritus of Horticulture (tropical fruit crops) for the University of Florida (UF) – a strong passion for researching and consuming horticultural crops has always been inherent. A three-time UF gator, I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UF, studying food science with a focus on the sensory sciences.
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 84, issue 1, February 2019) - Thematic Issue: Strawberry - including the following articles:
Check out the new issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 74, issue 1, January/February 2019).
Save the date: V International Humulus Symposium
Stuttgart, Germany, 2-5 June 2020 (in conjunction with the SHE2020 - IV International Symposium on Horticulture in Europe)
Leuven, February 2019 - Press Release
One of the focal points of the ISHS Board is the cooperation with related industries, which is considered important for the sustainable and economic development of the society.
The previous Board recommended corporate ISHS memberships be pursued.
The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) is pleased to announce the appointment by the ISHS Council of Mr. Peter G.W. Vanderborght as its Executive Director on 1 January 2019.
During his successful career of over 25 years with the ISHS, Peter Vanderborght served in various roles within the management of the Society and was a key advisor to the ISHS Board and the Executive Director.
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 58 Number 4 (December 2018) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol58nr4 and login with your ISHS membership account credentials.
Topics in this number include
News & Views from the Board
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 83, issue 6, December 2018) - Thematic Issue: Vegetables - including the following articles:
International Symposium on Precision Management of Orchards and Vineyards
Palermo, Italy, 7-11 October 2019
This will be the first ISHS symposium entirely dedicated to precision management systems, so don't miss out this unique opportunity!
Abstract submission is now open! To submit, please go to: https://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=377
Deadline Abstract Submission: April 26, 2019
On behalf of the ISHS President, the ISHS Board and the staff at the ISHS Secretariat
we wish you a warm Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!
Stella Aurea Cristiane Gomes da Silva is a PhD student at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE), Brazil, focusing on genetic breeding of plants in the Department of Agronomy. For her doctorate (2015-2019), she is focusing on cultivation and breeding of ornamental plants adapted for use on green roofs. She is also doing a mixed doctorate, which includes studying for 11 months at the University of Bologna, Italy. Her goal is to improve knowledge in the area of genetic breeding, in order to cooperate significantly in the agricultural sector (farm, floriculture and research).
Nurten Lokoglu graduated from Ankara University, Agriculture Faculty, Department of Horticulture in 2007 and completed her Master’s degree in 2010. She has been studying for her PhD since 2012, while also working at the Vegetable Department of Transitional Zone Agricultural Research Institute (GKTAEM) in Eskisehir since 2011. Her PhD research was carried out to determine the effects of storage conditions of roots on seed yield and quality in purple carrots.
Chufa, also known as tigernut, is a typical irrigated crop in Valencia (Spain). It is cultivated for its tubers, which are mainly used for producing a traditional refreshing drink called “horchata”. It is mainly furrow irrigated, using large amounts of water. Several studies have been carried out in the last years by the research team in which this contribution has been undertaken, in order to improve the irrigation efficiencies in chufa crop. Although the previously obtained improvements are considerable, they are not definitive, as the crop water requirements are still unknown.
Aina Fehizoro Rabodomanantsoa received her Master’s degree in agricultural sciences on the subject of “Economic valorization of Bourbon geranium essential oil in Madagascar” in 2015. She is currently studying for her PhD on “Forecasting and assessing the lychee yearly production in terms of volume and fruit quality considering a complex system in the east coast region of Madagascar using models to predict more accurately the onset of the harvesting season”. Madagascar is the top exporter of lychee in the world.
Plum pox virus (PPV) is a major limiting factor for successful production of stone fruits such as plum, apricot and peach. Therefore, in many breeding programs the resistance of new cultivars to PPV is one of the main objectives. Apricots are among the most desired fruits for Bulgarian consumers. The latest active breeding program in the country started in 2008. Resistant apricot cultivars are used as sources of resistance to PPV. The local resources enrich the gene pool by adding a high level of adaptability to the environmental factors.
The common carrot (Daucus carota L.) frequently appears in the wild in Europe, Asia and North America. As a cultivated plant (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), carrot has been known to humanity since ancient times. Recent research has indicated the existence of significant genetic diversity among the populations representing the wild and the cultivated carrot.
Skin color change problems have been reported by overseas markets to the South African Avocado Growers Association (SAAGA) board. The problem has been associated with chilling damage during cold storage of early harvested fruit, possibly related to the maturity stage at harvest. Girdling around the tree cambium is used to restrict basipetal movement of photosynthates, resulting in accumulation of assimilates above the girdled position. Increased fruit assimilates have been considered to improve fruit quality.
Usana Nantawan is a plant scientist and PhD candidate at Griffith University whose research is focused on molecular strategies for improving papaya fruit quality. Along with flavour, an important papaya fruit quality trait to preserve at point of sale is sweetness, and in particular sweetness that is derived from sucrose. This is directly regulated by a suite of genes involved in sucrose synthesis (ss) and it is unknown how the expression of these genes is affected during fruit maturation, presumably leading to differences in sweetness of the harvested fruit.
Giuseppina Pennisi is a PhD student in Agriculture, Forest and Food Science at the University of Turin, Italy. For her doctorate (2016-2019), she is working on the use of LED lights for indoor cultivation of leafy vegetables. She is evaluating how light quality (in terms of different red:blue ratios in the spectrum) can affect physiology, metabolism and resources use efficiency of lettuce and basil plants.
Melisa Kara is a PhD student at the Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Faculty of Agriculture, Antakya- Hatay, Turkey. She is focusing on nitrate, nitrite accumulation and is examining the relationship between nitrate accumulation and chlorophyll content in leafy vegetables. Parsley (Petroselinum hortense Mill.) is a very important leafy vegetable. Antakya and Iskenderun are key districts in Turkey for leafy vegetable production and consumption. Greater accumulation of nitrates and nitrites in green leafy vegetables has been associated with negative effects on health, e.g.
I have spent my PhD examining the molecular regulation of adventitious rooting in avocado, under the supervision of Prof. Neena Mitter at the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. My competitive nature and love for science has seen me achieve academic excellence throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. During my Bachelor of Biotechnology at UQ, I received numerous Deans Commendations for High Achievement and obtained a cumulative GPA of 6.7.
In Tunisia, more than 200 common date palm cultivars (Phoenix dactylifera L.) are currently listed. Some of these cultivars are consumed at early maturity stage (Khalal) and are generally under-valued. The objective of this study was a physicochemical and sensorial characterization of eleven common date fruit cultivars that could be consumed at the Khalal stage. The studied cultivars presented different physical characteristics expressed for size, weight, skin color and firmness.
Establishment of a new ISHS Working Group on Ecosystem Services in Horticulture - Working Group operating under the ISHS Division Landscape and Urban Horticulture.
Statement of Purpose for 2018-2022 - web link: https://www.ishs.org/ecosystem-services-horticulture
Check out the new issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 73, issue 6, November/December 2018 - Thematic issue: Enset).