Growers and scientists alike within the field of horticulture are continually seeking ways to improve sustainable production of food crops. The application of plastic mulches is one way to enhance crop production through improved weed management and modification of soil temperature and moisture. However, the use of plastics in society is under scrutiny and end-of-life management of agricultural plastics is a growing concern that threatens sustainability. Biodegradable plastics are an alternative to non-degradable polyethylene and polypropylene plastic mulches.
Check out the new issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 75, issue 3, May-June 2020).
For the first time under the aegis of the ISHS, the II International Symposium on Moringa was held from 10-13 November 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa.
The symposium was jointly organized by ISHS, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), the Moringa Development Association of South Africa (MDASA), and the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), University of Pretoria (UP), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), and Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 85, issue 2, April 2020) 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 75, issue 2, March-April 2020).
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 60 Number 1 (March 2020) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol60nr1 and login with your ISHS membership account credentials.
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News & Views from the Board
Impact of Covid-19 on the ISHS symposia
We understand that this is a time of concern. The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) is taking all developments concerning the coronavirus (Covid-19) seriously and will continue to closely monitor and adequately respond to this unprecedented situation.
The ISHS Secretariat is working in close cooperation with the respective conveners of ISHS symposia and regional congresses who have been forced to suspend meetings because of the coronavirus issue, to find the best possible alternative.
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 85, issue 1, February 2020) including the following articles:
The title Principles of Modern Fruit Science marks the epitome of the tremendous advancements made over the years in understanding the fundamentals of plant sciences such as physiology, molecular biology, breeding, climatology, soil science and their integration into the comprehensive practice of profitable fruit production.
Dr. Sansavini and his colleagues are presenting a comprehensive textbook that covers each aspect of modern fruit growing and illustrates the evolution of complex fruit cultural systems over time.
Scripta Horticulturae #20: Global Kiwifruit Industrial Development Conference has been published.
Check out the Scripta Horticulturae page for more details.
Elmien Coetser is an MSc (Agric) Horticulture student at the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences under her main supervisor, Professor Elsa S. du Toit from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and co-supervisor, Professor Gerhard Prinsloo from the University of South Africa. She completed her degree in BSc (Agric) Plant Production and Soil Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Her current research involves tissue culture of Moringa oleifera using two different methods; conventional solidified medium method and temporary immersion bioreactors. M.
All terrestrial plants transpire water, but where exactly does that water come from within the soil? This seemingly simple research question has been the subject of studies for many years. Stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen “tracers” have proven useful for shedding light on patterns of plant water use. However, the use of such tracers alone limits our understanding of patterns of source uptake and the mechanisms behind tracer observations. To go beyond this black box approach, we integrated measurements of stable isotope composition in xylem and soil water.
Variations of tomato fruit weight and composition throughout the cycle of production make the management of fruit yield and quality complex. These variations are linked to the fluctuation of water and carbon available for fruit growth and depend on the genotype and environmental conditions. Some structural functional plant models can predict the concentration of water and carbon in the plant architecture and the consequences on fruit growth. Obtaining measures of sap fluxes in situ is difficult.
Gianmarco Bortolotti is a PhD student at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences of the University of Bologna, Italy. He participated in the International Symposium on Precision Management of Orchards and Vineyards, presenting innovative system integration of fruit trees and energy co-production. The study determined that more than 50% of the hail-net surface of an orchard can be covered by organic photovoltaic (OPV) films without decreasing plant performance. This was the initial concept of his research within the ecophysiology group led by Professor Luca Corelli Grappadelli.
Evelyn Y. Garcia-Ochoa graduated as Biotechnology Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. She is currently a student of the Master's Degree in Floriculture Sciences at the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco, A.C. (CIATEJ), Mexico, where she collaborates on the project 258866 supported by SEP CONACYT CB-2015-01 for the genetic improvement and flowering in Polianthes, under the supervision of Dr. Ernesto Tapia. Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is the most well-known species of the genus.
Isabel Niebla López is a Master’s Degree student in Floriculture Sciences at the Research Center for Assistance in Technology and Design of Jalisco State, A.C. (CIATEJ), Mexico. Currently, her research evaluates different forcing temperature treatments to control the flowering time of Polianthes tuberosa. It is supported by SEP CONACYT CB-2015-01 project number 258866. The production of tuberose as a cut flower has great economic importance worldwide and it is carried out both in greenhouses and in open fields.
Tian Gong is a PhD student in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, USA. She completed her B.S. and M.S. at Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University in 2015. Her dissertation research project is focused on categorizing tomato rootstock and scion interactions. The rootstock impacts on tomato scion's vegetative growth and reproductive development, especially fruit yield and quality, can be complex. A detailed understanding of rootstock-scion synergy and underlying mechanisms is needed to optimize the overall performance of grafted tomato plants.
Jeroen Berg is a plant scientist, with a research focus on the role of plant susceptibility genes (S-genes) in plant-pathogen interactions. He finished his BSc in Biology in 2011, and graduated cum laude with an MSc in Plant Biotechnology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, in 2014. Subsequently, he started his PhD research on the topic of cucumber mildew resistance, at the Department of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University and Research. Recently, he completed his PhD thesis, which he defended on 11 October 2019.
It is with great regret to share with you the passing away of Dr. Nikolaus Foidl (1949-2020) in Austria last January 2020.
Dr. Foidl was one of the Moringa Champions who was recognized during the First International Symposium on Moringa in Manila, Philippines, November 2015.
Dr. Foidl wrote and co-authored several chapters in the book: The Miracle Tree - Moringa oleifera, 2nd edition which was recently published in September 2019.
Check out the new issue of Fruits - The International Journal of Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture online at https://www.pubhort.org/fruits/ (Volume 75, issue 1, January-February 2020).
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 59 Number 4 (December 2019) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol59nr4 and login with your ISHS membership account credentials.
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Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 84, issue 6, December 2019) including the following articles:
Shusheng Wang graduated from Huazhong Agriculture University, Faculty of Life Science and Technology, in 2007. Since then, he has been working at the Lushan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, on the conservation of wild Rhododendron species and breeding for new cultivars. He has been studying for his PhD since 2016 at the Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO) cooperating with Ghent University. Rhododendron is one of the most important ornamental plant genera encompassing nearly 1000 species. The majority of Rhododendron species occur in China.
Alejandro Thérèse Navarro is a first-year PhD student in the Laboratory of Plant Breeding at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, working on his thesis titled “Molecular breeding and evolution in allopolyploids: novel and applied methodologies.” He focuses on statistical tool development for the analysis of polyploid crops. His main interest is computational analysis of plant breeding data in order to understand the biological characteristics of crops. To that end, he has been studying polyploid genetic mapping.
Marlee A. Trandel is a PhD candidate in the Department of Horticultural Sciences from North Carolina State University, USA. She completed her BS in Animal Science from the College of Agricultural Sciences, a BA in Chemistry from the College of Biochemistry and Chemistry in 2014, and her MS in Horticulture Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2016 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is currently studying for her PhD in postharvest physiology under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie. Ms.
Raquel Jiménez Muñoz is a PhD student at the Department of Plant Physiology at University of Granada, Spain. She completed her B.S. in Biology from University of Granada in 2014, and attained her M.S. in Advances in Agricultural Biology and Aquaculture from the same university in 2015. During her Master studies, she worked in pest control in the olive grove. Later, she was awarded a PhD grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness to pursue her doctorate. She is currently studying in the group AGR209: “Postharvest physiology in fruits of agronomic interest”, led by Prof.
This study focuses on the processes of developing climate change adaptation strategies by grape growers producing wine. This is part of a geographical approach that considers grape vine cultivation practices, the environment, and the effect on humans. The hypothesis tests the perception that climate change and the representations by stakeholders play an important role in the adaptation process and in the agricultural practices.
The hazelnut (Corylus avellana L., ‘Tonda Gentile delle Langhe’ (TGL)) remains one of the most appreciated nut trees by the food industry. Its production has been expanded world-wide to allow extensive plantations. Still TGL is known to be highly sensitive to climate outside of Piemonte, Italy. Its moisture sensitivity is expressed as a rigid stomata behavior with stomata closing in the early morning at a vapor pressure deficit of the atmosphere (VPD) of 10 hPa.
I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP), Porto, Portugal, in 2012. I then obtained an M.S. in Biological Aquatic Resources. In 2015, I began an M.S. in Agricultural Engineering studying irrigation in vineyards at the same institution. I am a member of "GreenUPorto – Sustainable Agrifood Production" Research Centre and am currently a PhD student. My goal is to understand how irrigation affects fruit and wine production in the Douro Region, one of the oldest production regions of the world.
During the last several decades, environmental pollution problems caused by the extensive use of chemical herbicides have encouraged the introduction of integrated crop production. A further boost to these methods has been provided by market demand, where organic or “biologique” products are increasingly requested by consumers. In vineyards and orchards, one of the most widely used methods of non-chemical weed control is through the mechanical action of agricultural implements.
Controlled atmosphere or modified atmosphere packaging are clean and potentially effective techniques to extend the storage life of dragon fruit (Hylocereus undatus). Application of these techniques requires thorough knowledge about the fruit respiration rate. To this end, this study aims to model the respiration rate as a function of O2 and CO2 level, and temperature, using Michaelis-Menten kinetics and Arrhenius’ law. Dragon fruit were incubated in closed containers with different initial O2 concentrations (5-21%), initial CO2 concentrations (0-10%), and temperatures (2-35°C).
Claire Scofield is currently pursuing a Master of Science at Massey University, Palmerston North, while working as a Research Associate at The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, Clyde Research Centre, New Zealand. Her work has a strong focus on pre-harvest and postharvest physiology of stone fruit, particularly cherry and apricot. Her research entitled “Light interception and yield of sweet cherry and apricot trees grown as a planar cordon orchard system design” was presented at the IHC2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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 6, November-December 2019).
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at https://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 84, issue 5, October 2019) 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 5, September-October 2019).
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 59 Number 3 (September 2019) is available for download - proceed to https://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol59nr3 and login with your ISHS membership account credentials.
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Ying-Yu Liao is a PhD student in Plant Pathology, University of Florida, USA. She completed her B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry from National Taiwan University, Taiwan R.O.C., in 2013, and attained her M.S. in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida in 2017. Her research projects are focused on: 1) evaluating novel management strategies using nano-materials and 2) the role of the Type VI secretion system in the tomato pathogen, Xanthomonas spp. Florida is the largest fresh market tomato producing-state in the U.S. and accounts for 36% of annual production.
Jaser A. Aljaser is Ph.D. candidate in Applied Plant Science in Horticulture at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA. He received his M.Sc. in Horticulture and Agronomy from the University of California Davis (UCD), USA, in 2015, and received his B.Sc. in Botany from Kuwait University (KU), Kuwait, in 2008. His Ph.D. research topic is gladiolus breeding for rapid generation cycling to produce seed propagated “annual” gladiolus from original perennial species and identification of flowering genes. He is currently Teaching Assistant at KU and pursuing his Ph.D.