The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
The Miklos Faust International Travel Award for Young Pomologists is soliciting applications for financial assistance to attend the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia on August 17-22, 2014.
The Commission Plant Genetic Resources supports Bioversity International in the following surveys.
The neglected and underutilized species (NUS) team at Bioversity International kindly requests your participation in two surveys that Bioversity International and FAO are conducting targeting the agricultural research and development community interested in crop diversity or neglected and underutilized species (NUS).
33rd International Vegetable Training Course (IVTC) of AVRDC; Vegetables: From Seed to Table and Beyond
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 September – 5 December 2014.
Dear Members of the Commission Plant Genetic Resources - as the year 2014 has started I would like to give you an update of activities of the Commission in 2013 and our plans for the time ahead.
While Israeli growers certainly have their share of challenges, including high labor costs and water scarcity, they also have several things in their favor. One of those advantages is the Volcani Institute, the research arm of the Ministry of Agriculture, where researchers work on practical breakthroughs to help Israeli growers better ship their produce all over the world. "When we send fruit to Europe, it takes us longer," said Dr.
The ISHS Secretariat will soon be initiating the procedure for the election of Section and Commission Chairs and Vice Chairs. During the next International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014, Brisbane, Australia, August 2014) those (re)elected will come into office for the next 4-year term: 2014-2018 (until the next IHC2018 in Istanbul, Turkey, 2018).
Both the election rounds as well as the preliminary nomination of candidates are reserved to ISHS members-only.
An outstanding group of fruit crop physiologists is retiring including (in alphabetical order) Ted DeJong, University of California-Davis; James Flore, Michigan State University; Duane Greene, University of Massachusetts; Alan Lakso, Cornell University; John Palmer, Plant and Food; and James Syvertsen, University of Florida.
UPDATE 2: November 11, 2013: Abstract submissions have now closed - registration is open!
UPDATE: November 1, 2013: Call for abstracts extended. FINAL DEADLINE is Friday 8 November!
The Call for Abstracts for the 9th International Horticultural Congress 2014 will be closing shortly on 1 November 2013. If you haven't already submitted your abstract and intend on presenting at the Congress, don't miss this opportunity. To submit your abstract:
The ISHS Workgroup Medicinal Plants and Natural Products is scheduling a strategic planning webinar to take place on Monday, December 16 2013 at 10:30am EST.
The purpose is to create a more productive strategy and plan of action for the Workgroup.
Focus will be on enhanced communication, collaboration and cooperation with members of the ISHS Section Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.
Agenda will include:
With the 29th International Horticultural Congress just over a year away and abstracts closing off on November 1 2013 we thought it best to bring out the newsletter a little earlier to remind all members of the Commission and ISHS that abstracts for IHC2014 are now open. When submitting your abstract please follow the procedure outlined on the IHC website (http://www.ihc2014.org/) that will enable you to access the presenter' portal and download the abstract template.
International Symposium on Fruit Culture and its Traditional Knowledge along Silk Road Countries
Tbilisi (Georgia) and Yerevan (Armenia) - November 4-8, 2013
The official programme is now available online - check out the symposium website (see below).
Abstract submission deadline is December 31, 2013. For more details check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/343
International Practical Pineapple Course, Costa Rica October 2013
Practical "hands-on" course based on operations, including visits to pineapple fields, discussions with growers, given by a team of experienced professionals for local and international operational management decision makers. Location: pineapple growing area North Costa Rica, October 28-31, 2013
The latest newsletter of the ISHS Commission Economics and Management is available for download from the Commission home page: http://www.ishs.org/economics-and-management
The International Society for Horticultural Science Best Dissertation Award is given to foster and disseminate research in Horticultural Economics and Management. It is presented annually to the person who has submitted the best doctoral dissertation for which a doctoral degree has been granted.
Yves Desjardins, ISHS Board Member Responsible for Publications
The Saffronomics FA 1101 COST-action invites interested researchers to join the Conference on Omics technologies for crop improvement and traceability in saffron and allied species. The conference will be held inthe Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) Tulln-Austria. Date: 14 - 16 November 2013. http://www.saffronomics.org/
The Plight of the Honeybee — article in Time Magazine by Bryan Walsh
ISHS members are invited to complete the survey aimed to support the development of a global strategy for the conservation and use of citrus genetic resources. We would very much appreciate if you could spare the time to download the citrus_collections_survey_august2013.docx document (a link to which may be found in the 'Documents:' section at the bottom right below the text of this announcement), complete the survey and send it to Dr Mikeal Roose or Dr Richard Lee as indicated. Thank you very much for your contribution to this global effort.
ISHS Regrets to inform that the organizers of the meeting in Peru had to decide to cancel the meeting which was scheduled to take place in Lima, October 2013.
Check out the ISHS Calendar of Events for alternative meetings: http://www.ishs.org/calendar
International Symposium on Medicinal Plants and Natural Products (Lima, Peru, 10/2013): Canceled
The IHC2014 mascot has a name!
The Organizing Committee of the 2014 International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane Australia (IHC2014) announced they received some excellent suggestions as a name for the IHC2014 mascot and they are pleased to announce they've picked one! The favourite name came from Vera Sergeeva and the little koala will now be called "HortiKoala"!
ISHS has the pleasure to announce the launch of a new Working Group on Pecan and other Carya within the ISHS Section Nuts and Mediterranean Climate Fruits.
The next International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014) will be held in Brisbane, Australia (17-22 August 2014).
As in past Congresses, significant scientific events have been included within the IHC2014 programme.
An important International Symposium entitled Innovation and New Technologies in Protected Cultivation has already been planned and detailed organisation is under way.
Pineapple Newsletter 20: July 2013 is available online. Check out the Pineapple Newsletters link online at http://www.ishs.org/pineapple
VIII International Symposium on Kiwifruit, China, September 2014
First announcement and call of abstracts.
Deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2014 and deadline for fulltext submissions is April 15, 2014.
Check out http://www.ishs.org/symposium/354 for more information
The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) announced that Her Majesty the Queen (UK) has been graciously pleased to grant a Royal Charter to the IoH.
The 13th ISHS Symposium on the Processing Tomato will be held in parallel with the 11th World Processing Tomato Congress in Sirmione (Italy) on 8-11 June 2014.
ISHS Working Group Temperate Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics: Download Newsletter 9 (July 2013)
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