Plants perform complex mathematical equations throughout the night to prevent starvation until they can feed at sunrise; scientists at the John Innes Centre in Norfolk (UK) have discovered plants 'count' their starch and divide it by the number of hours of darkness to ensure the right levels are used.
A video stream is scheduled for June 18, 2013 at 4.00 pm Central European Time live from the VIII International Peach Symposium (Matera, Italy) covering a round table discussion preceded with a lecture by Des Layne entitled Everything about peaches: website, social media, YouTube and other tools for peach grower education.
Chronica Horticulturae volume 53 number 2 (June 2013) is available now.
To download your copy go to http://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol53nr2
I International Symposium on Vegetable Grafting - ISVG2014, Wuhan, Hubei Province (China), March 2014
First Announcement and Call for Abstracts
See http://www.ishs.org/symposium/380 for more details.
XIII International Asparagus Symposium, October 2013, China: First announcement and call for abstracts
See http://www.ishs.org/symposium/257 for more details
First announcement and call for papers: II International Orchid Symposium, Bangkok (Thailand), February 2014
Check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/341 for more details.
Symposium website and call for papers is now available online for the
XIII International Symposium on the Processing Tomato - XI World Processing Tomato Congress which is to take place in June 2014 in Italy.
Check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/407 for more details.
XIII International Workshop on Fire Blight, Switzerland, 2013
Final Call for Abstracts - Early Bird Registration deadline closes May 17, 2013
More details: http://www.ishs.org/symposium/323
IV International Symposium on Loquat, Palermo, Italy, May 2014
First announcement and symposium website: check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/343
ISHS Commission Molecular Biology and In Vitro Culture, Newsletter N° 6: April 2013 is available now.
Newsletter #10 April 2013
APA 2013: The African Potato Association (APA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya, the National Potato Council of Kenya, and the International Potato Center are hosting the Ninth Triennial African Potato Association (APA) conference, which will be held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Kenya from the 30th of June through to the 4th of July 2013.
The meeting will have 3 specific objectives:
Darou Abdulmalik is doing something remarkable with help from something remarkably simple. She is feeding her family of 11 in Sudan with the nutritious vegetables she grows at home in Kulbus, West Darfur—in a 6-foot diameter plot called a keyhole garden. Darou Abdulmalik feeds her family of 11 with the nutritious vegetables she grows in her keyhole garden next to the family home in West Darfur, Sudan. "Since I built my keyhole garden in April, I have harvested 15 times," Darou says.
Dear Members of ISHS Section for Ornamental Plants, As you already know the International Horticulture Congress will take place in August 2014 in Brisbane. A range of symposia are planned, please check www.ihc2014.org. Our section together with Commission Protected Cultivation is planning the Ornamental Symposium entitled "Ornamental Horticulture in the Global Greenhouse", conveners: Richard Criley (USA), Ed Morgan (New Zealand) and myself (Germany).
Chronica Horticulturae 53 number 1 (March 2013) is available for download.
Horticultural Highlights: Results from the ISHS Membership Survey 2012 • Peat, Politics and Pressure Groups • History and Early Development of the Modern Chrysanthemum • History, Myth and Conservation Threat of the African Baobab Tree in India
CABI is a not-for-profit science-based development and information organization. As part of its development plans for horticulture, CABI is carrying out a 10-15 minutes survey of current information needs and uses in horticulture. The goal of the survey is 'to develop new or better products for horticulturists worldwide'. CABI is calling upon ISHS members' views on what sort of information and tools they find useful.
Viewpoint by Prof. Dr. António A. Monteiro, President of ISHS, originally published as a "Postcard" in Chronica Horticulturae 53/01, March 2013
I International Symposium on Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit (Psa) - Tauranga (New Zealand) - November 2013 is now accepting abstracts. Check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/451 for more details.
In the last few decades, the discovery of new molecular markers has revolutionized plant breeding, offering the scientific community a wide range of tools suitable for developing novel and improved accessions characteristics in a variety of species. Several fields of research have benefited from the application of these techniques.
First announcement and launch of symposium website for V International Conference Postharvest Unlimited (Cyprus, June 2014).
Check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/295 for more details.
Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) is responsible for the national management and coordination of R&D for Australia's horticultural industries including fruit, vegetables, nuts, nursery, turf, cut flowers and extractive crops. HAL is inviting preliminary proposals for new research concepts, ideas and technologies that are transformational in nature.
The 1st Middle East Horticultural Summit will take place in 2013 with a speaker panel made up of horticulture industry professionals from across the world. This innovative event will focus on research and its potential on the future development of horticulture.
Unseasonably cold weather may have some Florida blueberry growers frustrated, but frost will not prevent the U.S. state from having a peak production year. Florida Blueberry Growers Association president Bill Braswell explained that despite a serious cold snap right before harvest time, Florida is in for a strong year. "For total output, we're probably going to have a record year but that's going to be because we have so many more acres on the ground. We had enough chill to set a decent crop. We're going to have a good season," he said.
In a ceremony on 14 February 2013, Dr. Robert Prange, Chair of the ISHS Commission for Sustainability through Integrated and Organic Horticulture, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He received the Medal in recognition of his dedicated service to his peers, his community and to Canada.
The $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, will be presented every October in Des Moines, Iowa, by the World Food Prize Foundation.
In 2013, East Malling Research (United Kingdom) will be celebrating 100 years of plant science at this world-famous research institute - science that has shaped the way we understand and can manipulate plants to produce high value, nutritious fruit crops across the globe. To mark this Centenary, East Malling Research organising a two-day international conference on 6-7 November 2013.
First Announcement: VIII International Congress on Cactus Pear and Cochineal. The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), FAO-ICARDA Cactusnet and the Department of Agricultural and forestry Science of the University of Palermo (IT), jointly with the Department di Economia e Sistemi Arborei/ University of Sassari (IT) and the Italian Society for Horticultural Science (SOI) invite researchers, growers and processing managers to attend the VIII International Cactus pear and Cochineal Symposium.
The Executive Committee of IHC2014 met in early February 2013 in Tonga to discuss the Pacific Island Countries and discover the horticultural priorities within the region that could potentially be showcased at the Congress. The meeting was hosted by the Minister and senior staff of MAFFF in Tonga. Luseane Taufa, Congress Vice President representing the Pacific Island Countries, did a wonderful job organising the meeting. The Minister for MAFFF, Hon.
On a global basis agriculture and horticulture face immense pressures, because of a loss of political influence and low levels of interest by young people in pursuing careers in land-based industries, says Emeritus Professor Ian Warrington. The former Massey University deputy vice-chancellor is a board member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and co-President
The 29th International Horticultural Congress will be held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 17-22 August 2014.
First announcement: I International Symposium on Horticulture Economics, Marketing and Consumer Research, August 19-21, 2013 in Portland Oregon (USA).
The goal of the symposium is to bring together researchers and industry from the international community for a two-day symposium to promote the investigation of horticultural marketing and economics, as well as industry profitability and competitiveness.
The 1st ISHS Symposium on Pecans and Other Carya in Indigenous and Managed Systems will be held in College Station, Texas, USA from July 17-20, 2013 and registration is now open. College Station is home to Texas A&M University, the USDA ARS Pecan Breeding & Genetics Program, and the Texas Pecan Growers Association, which are collectively convening the symposium.
III International Symposium on Pomegranate and Minor Mediterranean Fruits, Taian (Shandong Province), China, September 20-24 2013.
The symposium will cover the following topics:
VII International Walnut Symposium, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province (China), July 2013 - Second announcement and call for abstracts.
The latest newsletter of the ISHS Section on Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture is available for download from the Section home page: http://www.ishs.org/tropical-and-subtropical-fruits
An Israeli scientist who pioneered a radically innovative way of bringing water to crops in arid and dry-land regions was named the winner of the 2012 World Food Prize in a ceremony today at the U.S. State Department, at which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the keynote address.
We have the sad duty of informing you on the decease of Carmine Damiano last Sunday, February 17th, 2013. Carmine was a great Scientist and friend of many of us.
The I International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Ornamentals, initially scheduled to take place in Pattaya, Thailand, August 2013, has been cancelled by the convener.
Des Layne, long time ISHS Member and Tree fruit educator at Clemson University recognized by southeastern peach growers for his years of service. Desmond Layne is leaving the Southeast peach industry on a high note. The Clemson University horticulturist and tree fruit educator, who will soon be taking on a new role at Washington State University, was honored by his peers during the recent Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, GA.
We have the sad duty of informing you on the unexpected decease of Jacky Ganry (France) last Monday, February 4 2013.
Which problems should scientists solve first and which solutions are more likely to have a positive impact on food security and livelihoods?
The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) presents the 2013 Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course on April 7-12, 2013 at the Westward Look Resort. Lectures given during the Short Course will also be broadcast over the internet and can be viewed with the new Webcast attendance option.
Preliminary Announcement: I International Symposium on Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit (Psa)
November, 2013 (New Zealand)
Further details: http://www.ishs.org/symposium/451
XI International Controlled and Modified Atmosphere Research Conference - CaMa2013 (Trani, Italy, June 2013)
New deadlines for early bird registration and abstract submission: check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/296
The second international Fascination of Plants Day on May 18, 2013 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).
The number of students applying to study agriculture at universities across Australia has leapt by more than 15 per cent this year, fuelling hopes the rural skills crisis may soon end.
IV International Symposium on Tomato Diseases: Economically, Environmentally, and Socially Sustainable Tomato Disease Management
Orlando, FL (USA), June 2013
Check out: http://www.ishs.org/symposium/333
2nd Announcement: II International Symposium on Discovery and Development of Innovative Strategies for Postharvest Disease Management
April 29 – May 2, 2013, Kusadasi, Turkey
Abstract submission deadline extended to February 15, 2013
Registration deadline extended to March 15, 2013