Swiss agricultural chemicals group Syngenta AG plans to buy back more than $2 billion worth of stock to boost shareholder returns after rejecting a takeover approach from Monsanto Co, selling its vegetable seeds business to fund the measure. The world's largest pesticides company is under pressure to offer tangible rewards to shareholders after it turned its back last week on a cash-and-shares bid from unwanted U.S. suitor Monsanto worth $47 billion at the time.
Prof. Dr. Umezuruike Linus Opara is the current Chairperson of the ISHS Section Vegetables, Roots, Tubers, Edible Bulbs, Brassica, Asparagus (2014-2018).
While it is 12 months after IHC 2014 in Brisbane and a few months since the last meeting of the Commission in Alnarp, Sweden (in May-June 2015), the new ISHS Board and Executive Committee concluded its meeting in Istanbul (Turkey) August 13-14.
Arising from that meeting there are a number of items that I wish to bring to your attention.
International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture
Cairns, Queensland (Australia), 20-25 November 2016
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at http://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 80, issue 4) including the following articles:
Fighting bioterrorism – Europe works on master plan. Specialist laboratories capable of detecting biological weapons are coming together to try to work on a master plan so that Europe is ready in the case of a bioterrorist attack. Bioterrorism is the intentional release of harmful biological agents such as bacteria, viruses, or toxins. To protect citizens and national infrastructure, the race is on to improve Europe's preparedness.
III International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture, Izmir, Turkey, April 11-14, 2016.
IX International Symposium on In Vitro Culture and Horticultural Breeding; Giza, Egypt, 11-17 January 2016
First announcement is now available on the symposium website. For more information about the symposium, please go to http://www.ishs.org/symposium/492
XIV International Symposium on Processing Tomato - XII World Processing Tomato Congress; Santiago, Chile, 6-9 March 2016; Call for abstracts!
Deadline for abstract submission: 31 August 2015.
The 14th ISHS Symposium on Processing Tomato will be held in parallel with the 12th World Processing Tomato Congress in Santiago (Chile) on 6-9 March 2016
International Symposium on Succulents and Other Ornamentals, Ambalavayal, Wayanad, Kerala (India), 24-27 January 2016
Please check out the symposium website including the First Announcement and call for abstracts.
Abstract submission is now open http://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=597
Deadline for the abstract submission: 17 August, 2015!
Business Meeting for WG Protected Cultivation in Mild Winter Climates on 21 July 2015, 20:00h at the Main cloister of the Espírito Santo College (Colégio do Espírito Santo) - University of Évora on the occasion of Greensys 2015 - International Symposium on New Technologies and Management for Greenhouses, Evora, Portugal, 19-23 July 2015
Dear Members of the WG Protected Cultivation in Mild Winter Climates.
International Symposium on Carob: a Neglected Species with Genetic Resources for Multifunctional Uses
Antalya, Turkey, 9-12 May 2016
Call for Abstracts - Abstract submission deadline: 15 November, 2015
For more information about the symposium, please go to http://www.ishs.org/symposium/574
XI International Symposium on Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems
Bologna, Italy, 28 August - 2 September 2016
Save the date!
The next (the 11th of the series) Symposium on "Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems" will be held in Bologna, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2016.
International Symposium on Role of Plant Genetic Resources on Reclaiming Lands and Environment Deteriorated by Human and Natural Actions
Shiraz, Iran, 16-20 May 2016
Please check out the symposium website to find detailed information and the First Announcement.
Abstract submission will start 15 November 2015.
For more information, please go to http://www.ishs.org/symposium/573
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 55 Number 2 (June 2015) is now available for download (ISHS membership required)
The Main topics of this number include:
Check out the new issue of eJHS online at http://www.pubhort.org/ejhs/ (Volume 80, issue 3) including the following articles:
Frieda Caplan is known as "The Queen of Kiwi" and the first woman to own a business on the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market in the 1960s. But more than just those achievements, Frieda Caplan is also an individual full of wonder, fearless determination... and stories. Still an inspiration at 91, Frieda's daughters and granddaughter carry on the business legacy.
For reasons beyond ISHS control the II International Workshop on Vineyard Mechanization and Grape and Wine Quality scheduled to take place July 26-29, 2015 in Fredonia, NY (United States of America) unfortunately had to be cancelled. For more details contact Terence Bates, 6592 West Main Road, Portland, NY 14769, United States of America. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Nick Dokoozlian, E & J Gallo, P. O. Box 1130, Modesto, CA 95353, United States of America. Phone: (1)5596466587, Fax: (1)5596466593, E-mail: email@example.com
II World Congress on the Use of Biostimulants in Agriculture, Florence, Italy, 16-19 November 2015. Do not miss the early bird registration deadline.
Hundreds of delegates from more than 300 organizations and companies from 49 countries have already registered! Deadline Early bird registration: 30th July 2015.
III Southeast Asia Symposium on Quality Management in Postharvest Systems, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 13-15 August 2015
The deadline for abstract submission has been extended! Go to http://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=552 and submit your abstract before the new deadline: June 30, 2015.
VI International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture
Athens, Greece, 20-25 June 2016
Call for abstracts: Check out the symposium website to find all the details about submitting your abstract. Abstract submission deadline: 30 November, 2015
III International Conference on Agricultural and Food Engineering - CAFEi2016 - Sustaining Agriculture, Preserving Life
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23-25 August 2016
First annoucement is now available on the symposium website. See "Download Brochure".
Check out the symposium website as well to find all the details about submitting your abstract.
Abstract submission deadline: 30 September, 2015.
II International Symposium on Pyrethrum, Kyoto, Japan, 6-9 August 2015. Check out the symposium website to find all the details about early registration and submitting your abstract!
The two deadlines have been extended:
- Early registration deadline has been extended to May 31, 2015
- Abstract submission deadline is June 15, 2015
For more information about the symposium, please go to http://www.ishs.org/symposium/390
VIII International Symposium on Light in Horticulture, East Lansing, MI (United States of America), 22-26 May 2016
Oral Abstract Submission Deadline Extended: 31 May 2015
Poster Abstract Deadline Extended: 31 October 2015.
V International Symposium on Cucurbits, Cartagena, Murcia (Spain), 22-26 June 2015
10th International Workshop on Sap Flow will be held in Fullerton, California (USA) from May 22 to May 26 of 2017
More details will be made available in due course. Check out http://www.ishs.org/calendar for updates.
III Balkan Symposium on Fruit Growing, Belgrade, Serbia, 16-18 September 2015
Reminder for Abstract submission! Deadline: 1 June 2015
III EUFRIN Plum and Prune Working Group Meeting on Present Constraints of Plum Growing in Europe - Skopelos, Greece, 20-21 August 2015
First announcement is now available on the symposium website - Call for abstracts!
It is our pleasure to invite EUFRIN Plum and Prune WG members and other scientists to attend the 3rd meeting which is organized by and is focused on: "Present Constraints of Plum Growing in Europe"
The meeting is intended to deal with the following main topics:
I International Symposium on Quality Management of Organic Horticultural Produce, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, 7-9 December 2015 - Call for Abstracts: Deadline: 15 June 2015.
VIII International Symposium on New Ornamental Crops and XII International Protea Research Symposium and XVII International Protea Association Conference
Perth, Australia, 20-24 August 2015
Counting down to Perth hosting international conference on Proteaceae and new ornamental crops
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 55 Number 1 (March 2015) is available
This issue of Chronica Horticulturae includes:
News & Views from the Board: eJHS – It's Here and it Looks Good!
Issues: Natural Capital, Footprints and Eco-Credentials
Horticultural Science Focus: The History and Current Status of Cucurbit Grafting in Israel
Horticultural Science News: Innovating together for Sustainable Horticulture
The programme brochure of the VIII International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops has been made available. Download the flyer (see link below) or check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/438 for more details.
Celebrate Dr. Borlaug's Legacy: Nominate an Individual Under 40 for the 2015 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation. Nominations Due June 30
International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture 2015 (ICCEA 2015), May 20th – 22nd, 2015, Panama City, Panama.
Theme: Six main aspects of managing a successful Controlled Environment Agriculture enterprise. Early Registration before April 15, 2015.
- "Kenya has a shortage of competent horticultural staff at institutional and commercial levels."
- "Horticulture is facing a crisis in the United Kingdom."
- "Is horticulture a withering field in the USA?"
- "Concerns over shortage of agriculture graduates In Australia."
- "Uganda's flower sector faces an imminent shortage of qualified managers and supervisors in flower firms."
- "New Zealand horticulture requires a net increase of 7,800 qualified people by 2025 with an additional 26,300 people needed to cover natural attrition."
The third international Fascination of Plants Day 2015 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals.
Horticulture is a labour intensive sector that is important for human wellbeing: 'agriculture supplies protein, carbohydrates and staple crops - but we would have a pretty boring life without horticulture.' Nevertheless, in many countries, faculties of agriculture and their departments of horticulture have been swallowed by schools of life or earth sciences. As a result horticulture gets attention only as a side subject when specific crops are being addressed.
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 54 Number 4 (December 2014) is available as well as the ISHS 2014 Membership Directory. This issue of Chronica Horticulturae includes:
The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) held the board meeting early December at Kyoto University, for the first time to have one in Japan, and took the opportunity to make a courtesy visit to the university's Graduate School of Agriculture (GSA) leadership on 5 December.
V International Symposium on Ecologically Sound Fertilization Strategies for Field Vegetable Production
Beijing, China, May 2015
The first announcement and call for abstracts is now available online.
Deadline for abstract submissions is December 1, 2014.
For more details see http://www.ishs.org/symposium/179
The call for abstracts for the XI International Mango Symposium has been extended until Friday 21 November 2014.
Please click here for further details http://www.ishs.org/symposium/331
V International Symposium on Cucurbits
Cartagena, Murcia (Spain) - June 2015
Save the date!
First announcement and call for abstracts.
Programme will cover the following topics:
- Genetics and Breeding
- Genomics and Biotechnology
- Crop Production, Physiology and Management
- Biotic Stresses
- Abiotic Stresses
- Fruit Quality and Post-Harvest
For more details see http://www.ishs.org/symposium/243
Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. The effort is being funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Rony Swennen, a professor at KU Leuven (Belgium) and head of banana breeding at IITA, is leading the project.
Chronica Horticulturae Volume 54 Number 3 (September 2014) is available. Content includes:
News & Views from the Board: Professor Roderick Drew – President of ISHS (2014-2018) • The New Board of the ISHS • Introduction to the Chairs of Sections and Commissions for the Term 2014-2018 • ISHS Awards Bestowed
The 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014), an outstanding success and unique opportunity in terms of advocacy for the profession. Held in Brisbane from 17-22 August 2014, it attracted 3,400 delegates from 106 countries.
With the addition of more than 9 hours video footage covering the most important moments of the successful International Horticultural Congress, IHC2014, last August in Brisbane, ISHS recently launched its video channel on YouTube, adding to the already popular "Harvesting the Sun" video.
On August 21, 2014, at the ISHS General Assembly in Brisbane, Australia which took place at the 2014 International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014) the new ISHS Board came into office for a 4-year term until the next International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018) in Istanbul, Turkey.
From left to right: Jozef Van Assche, Rod Drew (President), Jens Wünsche, Jill Stanley, Silvana Nicola, Ryutaro Tao, Yves Desjardins and Yüksel Tüzel
For contact details check out http://www.ishs.org/ishs-board