XXX. INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURAL CONGRESS
12 - 16 AUGUST 2018 ISTANBUL - TURKEY
Bridging the World through Horticulture

WORKSHOPS

During the 30th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2018) to be held in Istanbul, Turkey between 12 and 16, August 2018, workshops will be organized after the symposia sessions. Workshops are proposed by the conveners with various objectives as:

  • establishing an international expert group,
  • sharing experiences and skills,
  • carrying out in depth discussions on a specific topic,
  • extending the network and/or
  • seeking cooperation opportunities

The format of each Workshop may be different based upon the initial objective. You can register to any workshop that may be of interest to you. The output of the workshop(s) may be compiled but will not lead to a Congress proceeding, 'Acta Horticulturae'. A workshop, if linked to a specific symposium, will be scheduled to allow participation to both activities. However, a workshop may be completely independent from any IHC2018 symposium.

The general rules for IHC 2018 registration also apply for the workshops.

Photoselective Netting: Improving Production and Quality by Combining Light-Responsive Physiology with Crop Protection

THE WORKSHOP IS INTEGRATED INTO THE SYMPOSIUM 17. INNOVATION AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN PROTECTED CULTIVATION.

Convener Dr. Yosepha Shahak
Institute of Plant Sciences, ARO The Volcani Center, Israel
shahaky@volcani.agri.gov.il
Related IHC2018 symposia * Innovation and New Technologies in Protected Cultivation
* Innovative Plant Protection in Horticulture
Related IHC2018 workshop *Climate Change: Impact and Mitigation Strategy for the Temperate Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics
Leading ISHS Commission/Section Protected Cultivation WGs

Modern agriculture is experiencing an increasing need to protect horticultural crops from their cultivation environment. This trend is derived from several concurrent processes, including, on one hand, global climate changes and their resulting extreme climatic events, urbanization processes that are thrusting agriculture towards less amenable environments, and, on the other hand, the need to meet with the rising market demands for better product quality, reduced chemical applications, food safety, and sustainability of the production processes. Netting is an effective solution for these challenges, because it can provide (i) protection from environmental hazards (e.g., excessive solar radiation, wind, hail, frost, flying pests); (ii) improved plant microclimate (thus reducing heat/chill, drought stresses); (iii) moderation of rapid climatic stresses; and (iv) being cheaper and less energy-consuming than greenhouses. Indeed, the use of netting for crop protection has enormously expanded during the past decade, worldwide.

Photoselective Netting is an innovative technological approach, which combines beneficial manipulation of light quality in addition to providing the desired physical protection. It is targeted to provide growers with the best cost-benefit netting solutions for their particular crop, in their particular climatic environment and market demands.

Most processes in plant physiology depend on, and respond to light (spectral composition, intensity and directionality), and thus, by introducing different pigments and light scattering features into various netting materials, we can now specifically improve horticultural traits of the netted crop. The spectral manipulation is aimed at specifically promoting desired physiological responses, while the light scattering is improving the penetration of the spectrally-modified light into the inner plant canopy, thus increasing the overall efficiency of light-spectrum dependent processes.  Additional aspects of the technology relate to photoselective effects on insect pests and diseases, which are apparently also highly responsive to the spectral manipulations. Photoselective Netting thus provides a new tool for integrated pest management (IPM).

Being a relatively young technology, Photoselective Netting is still a work-in-progress. Nonetheless, the past twenty years of research and development have already produced a lot of understanding and know-how in ornamental, vegetable, and fruit crops.  The workshop is intending to share this knowledge, and further exchange ideas, thoughts, practical implementation experiences, and allow an open panel discussion.

Main themes:

  • Plant responses to photoselective filtration of sunlight, from basic physiology to horticultural practices:
    • Vegetative growth responses
    • Flowering and fruit-set
    • Fruit development and quality
    • Biotic and abiotic stress tolerance
    • Water-use-efficiency
    • Physiological pathways related to specific spectral bands
  • Effects of photoselective netting on post-harvest product quality
  • Photoselective effects on plant pests and diseases
  • Technological aspects: photoselective netting materials; light and microclimate around the netted crop; construction; physical protection.
  • Advantages, limitations and ways to overcome them
  • How to choose the best netting material for your crop? Maximizing photoselective benefits along with crop protection from sunburns, heat, frost, wind, flying pests.
  • Cost-benefit considerations
  • Future directions

Superfruits

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Convener Prof. Dr.Sisir Mitra
Chair
Section Tropical and Subtropical Fruits
International Society for Horticultural Science

Related IHC2018 symposia Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, Nuts and Mediterranean Fruits, Berry Fruits, Avocado, FAVHEALTH2018
Leading ISHS Commission/Section Section Tropical and Subtropical fruits

The world fruit market has developed significantly in the past two decades. Aside from quality, the health benefits of fruit consumption have been promoted extensively, and the term "superfruits” gained significant usage and attention in recent years as a term synonymous with the marketing strategy to promote the health benefits of certain fruits, including pomegranates, cranberries and blueberries. In addition, the biodiversity of fruits, i.e., the individual varieties and cultivars, are attracting attention, as the nutrients and bioactive non-nutrients within species can vary dramatically. Several cooperatives and associations that produce and market these fruits have developed an effective strategy using the content of "antiauxidants” in their fruits as an indicator for promoting the health benefits of their fruits.

Scientists and nutritionists have differing points of view on the use of the term. Some claim that there is no scientifically objective assessment of the potential health benefits of fruits in this category. Similarly, there is no definitive list of superfruits and new fruits are regularly put forward as superfruits. In addition to pomegranates, blueberries and cranberries, examples include acai, avocado, mangosteen, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, lingonberry, certain banana varieties and yumberry. However, most fruits are packed with nutrients and yet, some are not perceived as being "Super”.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet) and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam organized International Symposium on Superfruits: Myth or Truth from 1-3 July,2013 at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to examine latest research findings to determine whether there were nutritional and agronomical evidence to support the claim of a fruit (species and varieties) being a "Superfruit” and whether there were adequate information available to provide a definition.

In regard to scientific definition of "superfruits” the Symposium concluded that the label "superfruits” based on two criteria: the nutritive value and extranutritional benefits. Although antiauxidants capacity is the most widely recognized attribute of a superfruit, most scientists realize that this is only a small part of the overall picture. Bioactive molecules may have potential health benefits independent or additional to their antioxidant effect. Further comprehensive research is needed to fully understand the metabolic pathways and biological role of the bioactive compounds responsible for the benefits observed on health. However, final validation should be obtained with tests in vivo.
Currently those marketing fruit are not allowed to promote them as "Superfruit” because this term is not accepted by EU,USA or food authorities from some other countries. This will not change until science has demonstrated unequivocally that intake fruit confers specific and consistent health benefits.

The Workshop will address:

  • Charecteristics of fruits that can be labelled as superfruits
  • List of fruits that has potential to be called superfruits.
  • Networking ties with researchers, FAO, TFNet and Government to promote listed superfruits.

Sustainable Tea Production

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Convener
Metin Turan - Yeditepe University, Turkey
Co-convener
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Akbulut Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Rize-Turkey
Leading ISHS Commission/Section

Tea (Camelia sinensis) is one of the oldest and most consumed beverages in the World. It is a part of our everyday life, sometimes a tradition or a lifestyle. Tea is grown in Africa, Asia, America and Europe. According to FAO, world tea production (Black, Green and Instant) increased significantly by 6 percent to 5.07 million tons in 2013. Black tea output increased by 5.4 percent in response to continued firm prices while green tea output increased by 5.1 percent. Growth in world output was due to major increases in the major tea producing countries. China remained the largest tea producing country with an output of 1.9 million tons (>38% of the world total), India is the second largest producer also increasing to 1.2 million tons in 2013. The two exporter countries are Kenya and Sri Lanka. The production reached to 436 300 tons in Kenya and 343 100 tons in Sri Lanka. Apart from the 7.5 percent decline in Vietnam to 185 000 tons, production increased in other major producing countries as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Rwanda.

In Turkey, tea farming, especially in the northeastern Black Sea Region, has a big importance. The microclimate makes tea farming special along the eastern Black Sea region also in neighboring countries as Georgia and Azerbaijan. In most ecosystems, tea farming is dependent on the prevailing harsh conditions of plantations on steep slopes. Gardens on slopes under humid tropical and subtropical conditions with high precipitation push the farmer to apply conventional methods which, then lead to heavy use of inputs, residues in the product and severe environmental problems due to high leaching. During last decades, tea farming practices targeted higher sustainability and adopted organic, good agricultural practices, fair trade or rainforest alliance management systems. Additionally, climate change is a major challenge and mid and long-term projections need to be implemented for each production area.

Within the ISHS scientific network, tea is dealt among tropical and subtropical horticultural crops however until today, no specific groups are established. On the other hand, there are many initiatives active at international level. As deeply involved in transition of tea plantations to organic management systems and due to several crucial developments achieved in Turkey, we would like to establish a forum to exchange our experiences with our colleagues. We expect to bring tea growers, processors, civil society organizations, researchers and sector related people together and seek opportunities for collective activities to address common challenges under ISHS umbrella.

We are looking forward for your proposals and experiences…

Agroecology and Education: Socio-ecological Resilience to Climate Change

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Convener Prof. Maria Claudia Dussi
Professor and Researcher of Agroecology. Director of: Study group in sustainability of fruit agroecosystems. Faculty of Agricultural Sciences - Comahue National University. Rio Negro - Patagonia - Argentina.
gesaf.unco@gmail.com
Related IHC2018 symposia *Tropical and Subtropical Vegetable Production: Tackling Present and Future Global Biotic and Abiotic Stressors
*Organic Horticulture for Wellbeing of the Environment and Population
*VIIIth Int. Symposim on Education, Research Training and Consultancy: Panels
Related IHC2018 workshop *Climate Change: Impact and Mitigation Strategy for the Temperate Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics
Leading ISHS Commission/Section

Agroecology is a scientific discipline, a social and political movement and an agricultural practice that brings together, synthesizes and applies knowledge of agronomy, ecology, sociology, ethno botany, and other related sciences, with a holistic, systemic and strong ethical component, in order to generate knowledge, validate and apply adequate strategies to design, manage and evaluate sustainable agroecosystems.

The scales and dimensions of agroecological investigations go from plot and field scales to agroecosystem and farm scales and research covering the whole food system.

The transdisciplinary and multidimensional character of agroecology makes it possible to overcome the fragmentation and segmentation of knowledge in agricultural and teaching practices; demands participatory processes between social actors and the community as a whole; contributing to establish a holistic formation to intervene in a propositive way in the problems of the territory.

Agroecology is conceived as a holistic model of global change that includes technical, social, organizational and political dimensions. It favors new learning conditions by abandoning old, compartmentalized models of knowledge in which disciplines often ignore the complex realities of human, agricultural, and natural environments. Learning from action research provides answers to immediate questions and contributes in the long run to the consolidation of a sustainable food system based on local reality knowledge and with students prepared to deal with complex problems in the future.

Teaching of agroecology, due to its systemic approach, intervenes in the articulation between learning and the development of capacities to apply and disseminate what has been acquired in various spaces at local and regional level, with the aim of providing tools for decision-making on the management of natural resources and climate change. That is, prioritize clear, medium and long-term strategies in relation to ecological, social, political and cultural aspects that promote sustainable agriculture.

This 3-hour workshop will address the following thematic areas:

- Agroecology as an organizing principle for future programs of higher education
- Holistic thinking as a methodological tool of agroecology education.
- How agroecology must be considered as a key focus to developing alternatives for solving the complex issues of hunger, poverty, food production, climate change, and agricultural sustainability
- Family farmers work, where local practice and knowledge are linked in ways that promote empowerment, opportunity, equity, and hope for women and men of all ages.
- Funds for research, training, and extension programs in agroecology, and recognition of researches that link science to practice and social change.
- Support social agroecological movements, through which research demands arise, to expand agroecology regionally.

Audience: We expect a participation of researchers, professors, extensionists, students, NGO, among others. 

Expected outcomes:

  • Consolidate agroecology in higher education towards the formation of solid professionals in the subject
  • Promote an agroecological network in the ISHS
  • Strengthen research and extension projects in agroecology with the methodology Participatory action research (PAR)
  • Join for a future symposium on agroecology

YOU'RE INVITED!

Climate Change: Impact and Mitigation Strategy for the Temperate Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics

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Convener Prof. Dr. Ayzin B. Küden
Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey
abkuden@gmail.com - abkuden@cu.edu.tr
Related IHC2018 symposia *Evaluation of Cultivars, Rootstocks and Management Systems for Sustainable Deciduous Fruit Crops
*Understanding Tree Behaviour in Dynamic Environments
Related IHC2018 workshop *Agroecology and Education: Socio-ecological resilience to climate change
Leading ISHS Commission/Section Temperate Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics WG

Temperate fruits require exposure to chilling to break dormancy. Chilling temperatures may be continuous, sequential, or alternating. Establishing appropriate protocols for breaking dormancy will allow more treatments that are effective in practice. Several techniques are available for breaking dormancy in the subtropics when chilling is insufficient; in the tropics, dormancy may be completely avoided by defoliation and/or chemical treatment.

Adequate winter chill is important for commercial orchards. Climate change may impact winter chilling. Thus various modeling methods were performed since 1970's to calculate the chilling accumulation to break dormancy. Climate change and milder winter temperatures will constrict chilling accumulation and will cause irregular flowering and fruit set. Also, higher rates of double fruit formation will be observed as a result of high temperatures during the flower differentiation period in warm climatic regions

The subject of this workshop is to address sustainability of deciduous fruit production under changing economic and climatic conditions of tropical and subtropical regions. Two invited speakers will present case studies on this subject. The workshop is expected to gather researchers, growers, nurserymen, and commercial horticulturists together to discuss the latest scientific findings to address current and future challenges to climate change, impact and mitigation strategy for the temperate fruits in the tropics and subtropics.

Major thematic areas for discussion:

Breeding, low chill temperate fruit cultivars, climate change effects on fruit yield, sustainability of deciduous fruit orchards, modeling systems on chilling accumulation and new strategies and chemicals on bud break.

Vertical Farming

PRESENTATIONS ARE INTEGRATED INTO PROGRAM OF S18: SYMPOSIUM ON SOILLESS CULTURE. THERE IS A KEYNOTE IN COLLOQIUM 2 PRESENTING SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES IN PRACTICE.

Convener Prof. Danny Geelen
Dep. Plant Production, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University. Coupure links, 653, 9000 Gent Belgium.
Danny.Geelen@ugent.be
Related IHC2018 symposia *Soilless culture
*Horticultural Economics and Management, Improving the Performance of Supply Chains in the Transitional Economies and Horticulture Economics, Marketing and Consumer Research
Related IHC2018 workshop *Climate Change: Impact and Mitigation Strategy for the Temperate Fruits in the Tropics and Subtropics
Leading ISHS Commission/Section

Vertical farming is a promising new plant cultivation technology that aims to produce vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants in a closed environment with artificial light. Typically, vertical farming encompasses multiple layers of crops grown hydroponically using LED technology providing conditions for optimal plant growth and yield. The hydroponic cultivation system consists of a closed recirculating nutrient solution maximizing water use efficiency and no agricultural runoff or use of pesticides. Indoor cultivation and control over environmental conditions means no weather-related crop failures and it allows for year-round crop production. Other advantages of vertical farming are better control over food safety, local for local production or reduction of food transportation and land use.

Vertical farming is receiving a lot of attention in recent years because it is advocated by futurists with an interest in smart cities and building a circular economy. It also appeals to consumers who want to buy local food of high quality and freshness. Despite these interests and many advantages, the energy requirements and initial investment costs are still major obstacles for the commercial exploitation of vertical farming. Improvements in LED technology, clever use of energy sources available in the city, automated harvesting etc are helping vertical farming to turn into profitable plant production systems. In the last couple of years several large indoor farming systems have been constructed across the world paving the way for more general commercial exploitation. Further research is however required to improve the yield investment cost ratio, to lower energy requirements, to ensure disease free condition in the indoor systems etc.

Researchers, industry, government, growers and end-users are invited to share their ideas and discuss the technical, economic and legislative challenges that vertical farming is still facing. This workshop aims to create new partnerships and research collaborations, and to improve awareness of the upcoming potential of vertical farming. The challenges that need to be tackled and prioritization of new research activities will be discussed.

Main themes:

  • Vertical farming systems and closed loop hydroponics
  • LED light systems
  • Nutrient management and water use efficiency
  • Pest management in vertical farming systems
  • Development of a consumer driven short supply chain and economics of vertical farming
  • Waste reduction measure
  • Socio-economic impact of vertical farming

Workshop of interest to

  • Academics active in development of urban farming and plant production systems using artificial light.
  • Industry developing new technology for vertical farming
  • Entrepreneurs with an interest to start up a vertical or urban farming business
  • Governmental bodies who are involved in developing new legislation regarding vertical farming plant production systems
  • Policy makers and city developers

Future of World Horticulture From Youth's Eyes

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Conveners
Eren Taşkın- Adana, Turkey
Hana Voca- PhD Candidate of University of Bari Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, Bari, Italy
Co-Convener
Suzana Madzaric- Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Leading ISHS Commission/Section
 

As Heraclitus once said ‘The change is the only constant in life'. The World is changing constantly and together with world its challenges, population, problems, and solutions are also changing. Horticulture is no exception, it is under constant pressure from climate change, population growth and environmental issues. Questions such as: - Would our current species survive the impact of changing climate and humans? - Will contamination in soils affect fruits? - Will we be able to feed the world? commonly arise as a result of growing concern.

‘Rookies' of this year's congress would end up being experts of the horticultural science and eventually face above mentioned challenges and many others in near future. To let their voice and thoughts heard; BSc, MSc, PhD candidates and all other young people who will be participating the congress from all over the world are invited to send their contributions. Both author's original work and reviews of present literature, are invited.

Main Themes of presentation may include (Not Limited To): Current situation, future challenges, and possibilities in their area of study (both scientifically and geographically).

  1. Agronomical and Environmental Aspects (Soil Management, Plant Nutrition, Plant Protection, Post-Harvest, Use of Biotechnology, Waste Management/Valorization etc.)
  2. Policy and Economics (Case studies that provides useful solutions to challenges faced in planning, management, examples of policies that were proven to be beneficial for horticultural science and sector etc.)

Goals

  1. To Provide participants of the congress youth's overall point of view on current issues and the trends in horticultural science, with an emphasis given on future challenges and their possible solutions
  2. To Promote a youth network in ISHS and create possible connections for further collaborations between youth.
  3. To publish a booklet titled ‘Future of World Horticulture from Youth's Eyes' using the inputs from abstracts and discussions with final statement.

Biostimulants

PRESENTATIONS ON BIOSTIMULANTS ARE DISTRIBUTED IN VARIOUS SYMPOSIA (S23: ORGANIC HORTICULTURE, S18: SOILLESS CULTURE)

Conveners
Dr. Jeffrey Norrie- Principal Scientist: Innovation, Collaboration and Technology Transfer. Acadian Seaplants Limited. Adjunct Associate Dalhousie University. Nova Scotia, Canada
Dr. Balakrishnan Prithiviraj- Associate Professor and Plant Stress Physiology Research Chair. Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, Truro, Nova Scotia. Canada
Leading ISHS Commission/Section
Related Scientific Networks

ISHS Section(s) and/or Commission(s) and Working Group(s).  Deciduous Fruit nutrition, Biostimulants

Related scientific societies other than ISHS (ASHS past VP-Industry, Past-President, PGRSA)

Related Projects or Networks, if any: Several Academic-Government-Industry research projects on biostimulants and natural products in horticulture and plant stress physiology

 

Proposed format
Plenary session
Oral and poster presentations
Panel discussion
Study tour
Training
Other: Propose a workshop or mini-symposium

Total duration and numbers of presentations and participants:Possibly 8-10 presenters
Tentative:

  1. Dr. Jeff Norrie (Acadian Seaplants Limited and Dalhousie U)
  2. Dr. Pablo Morales (U Puerto Rico) (Focus on tropical crops)
  3. Dr. Balakrishnan Prithiviraj (Dalhousie U) (genomic impact of marine plants)
  4. Dr. Mario Pozo (Stockton Group) (natural fungicides and extracts)
  5. Dr. Patrick Brown (U California) (Plant nutrition impacts)
  6. Dr. Jayaraman Jayaraj (U West Indies) (biotic effects of marine plants)
  7. Dr. Peter Petracek (Valent Biosciences) (or another representative of their science team)
  8. Dr. Ry Wagner (Agrinos) (or a representative of their science team)
  9. Dr. Dave Lanciault (Agricen) (or a representative of their science team)
  10. Dr. Sergio Tombesi (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) drought stress mitigation in wine grapes with marine-plant extracts

Target Group
All those looking at mitigation of plant stress with natural products or biostimulants.  Can include those involved in nutrient uptake research, antioxidant research and plant resistance management to abiotic and biotic stress factors.  Interest also shown by those in integrated agriculture examining synergy between plant protection products and biostimulants.

Aim of the Workshop
Provide awareness and exposure to this rapidly expanding area of plant science.  With the resounding success of recent world (and ISHS-sponsored) conferences on biostimulants, there is growing demand for relevant science.  We can assemble several of the worlds major players in this area and provide a general and specifics-oriented overview.

Main Themes

  • Enhanced mineral uptake
  • Improved resistance to abiotic stresses (most importantly: osmoric stresses such as drought, salinity and low temperature)
  • Improved resistance to biotic stresses with focus on genetic regulation (transcripts), antioxidant protective factors, and fungicide interactions

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Jeffrey Norrie (ASL)
  • Dr. Pablo Morales-Payan (U Puerto Rico)
  • Dr. Balakrishnan Prithiviraj (Dalhousie U)
  • Dr. Fernando Branca (U Catania)

Expected Results

  • Improved awareness of the science surrounding biostimulant products. 
  • Serve as a networking event to place researchers with interested industry partners. 
  • Underscore newer and older areas for innovation and integration of these products and related technologies. 
  • Explore future areas of research and potential commercial benefit

Phenotyping for Horticultural Crops

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Conveners
Roland Pieruschka- Institute of Bio- und Geosciences IBG-2: Plant Sciences Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
Sven Fahrner- Institute of Bio- und Geosciences IBG-2: Plant Sciences Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
Yüksel Tüzel- Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
Invited Speakers
Uli Schurr- Institute of Bio- und Geosciences IBG-2: Plant Sciences Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
Leading ISHS Commission/Section Commission Irrigation and Plant Water Relations
Workgroup Water Relations
Workgroup Water Supply and Irrigation
Commission of Horticultural Engineering
Related Projects or Networks

EPPN2020 : the project aims at providing access for users to phenotyping facilities, (https://eppn2020.plant-phenotyping.eu/)

EMPHASIS: the project aims at the development long term operation of phenotyping infrastructure in Europe, (https://emphasis.plant-phenotyping.eu/)

IPPN: non-profit association linking phenotyping exters across the globe (https://www.plant-phenotyping.org/)

 

Proposed format
Oral presentations
Poster presentations with delegated time and attention
Poster and Oral Judging for best student presentation
Workshop session for discussion of interdisciplinary topics

Total duration and numbers of presentations and participants: as rough estimates
Presentations ~80
Participants ~200

Target Group
This workshop will address a number of essential aspects related to phenotyping for horticultural crops and initiate a discussion between horticultural experts and plant phenotyping scientists to specifically address the measurement and monitoring of plants traits such as structural and functional plant properties, efficient use of resources such as water, nutrients and energy, tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress etc. The objectives or the workshops are to:

  • describe the phenotyping technological and conceptual efforts that can address diverse horticultural disciplines,
  • relate advantages for using phenotyping for broad applicability in research and breeding programs,
  • emphasize the importance of standardization for horticultural crops.

Aim of the symposium (max. 300 words)
Phenotypes provide the essential link between genetic information and biological structure and function of a plant dynamically responding to a fluctuating environment. Understanding the plant environment interaction and quantitative assessment of plant phenotype in different environmental scenarios under controlled and field environment is important in basic plant science, in breeding as well as in production measures such as irrigation and fertigation. Within the last decade, genomic data has been becoming easily accessible and a number of crops has been sequenced, yet the phenotypic information is not keeping pace with the explosion in available genomic information. The lack of reliable and available phenotypic data may limit the use of methods needed to identify the associations between phenotypic and genotypic data. This phenotypic gap is a major challenge in biological understanding of plant processes and their translation into practical application. A coordinated effort is required to effectively address this gap by: i) fostering a standardization of phenotyping protocols, ii) establishment of complementary phenotyping facilities that are available for access to the user community, iii) development of data standards to facilitate database searches, data comparisons, and extrapolations. A close interaction between phenotyping experts and users from different disciplines to specifically address the demand and requirements of different disciplines such as horticulture is urgently needed.

Main themes

  • Crop water status,
  • Detection of plant wilting
  • Breeding targets
  • Phenotyping under controlled and field conditions
  • Efficient use of ressources
  • Biotic and Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Standardization
  • Exchange options
  • Data management
  • Technology implementation
  • Access to phenotyping infrastructure

Expected results (max. 150 words)
We expect a lively and interesting discussion between experts from different disciplines from academia and industry such as plant biologists, horticultural scientists, breeders, geneticist, image analysis experts, data scientists, technology developers  etc. Specifically we will foster the interaction and exchange of students and postdocs on different aspects of phenotyping as well as their active involvement in the program. We expect that the interaction will result in a strong and important Acta Horticulturae proceedings volume(s) that would provide a basis for further interaction.

Scientific Board

  • Murat Kacira (University Arizona, US)
  • Manuela Zude-Sasse (Leibniz Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie, Germany)
  • Jens Wünsche (Universität Hohenheim, Germany)
  • Eckhard George (Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau, Germany)
  • Georg Noga (Universität Bonn, Germany)
  • Francois Tardieu, (INRA Montpellier, France)
  • Xavier Draye, (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
  • Nathalie Wuyts (VIB, Belgium)
  • Malcolm Bennett (University Nottingham, UK)
  • Francesco Loreto (CNR, Italy)
  • Rick van de Zedde (Wageningenen University, The Netherlands)
  • Christine Granier (UMR AGAP, Montpellier, France)
  • Reza Ehsani (University of California in Merced, USA)
  • Selcuk Arslan (Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey)