Those in the Australian horticultural industry will enjoy a unique opportunity when the 29th International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014) is held in Brisbane in August of 2014. The event will include a special symposium, which will centre on innovation and new technologies in protected cropping. This symposium will bring together colleagues and experts from around the world to discuss how emerging technologies in covering materials, structures, plant biotechnologies, crop management and greenhouse automation can be managed more efficiently using innovative strategies.
Keynote speakers will include Professor Rodney Thompson from the University of Almeria in Spain, and Dr Jason Wargent from the Institute of Agriculture & Environment at Massey University. Dr Wargent will discuss opportunities for light manipulation in protected cropping, and Professor Thompson will give a keynote presentation on optimising nitrogen and water inputs for greenhouse vegetable production. Professor Carl-Otto Ottosen from Denmark will also be holding a separate workshop entitled GreenGrowing – Knowledge Transfer in the Greenhouse Industry.
The Congress is a world forum, covering all aspects of horticulture and horticultural science. Although it is held every four years, this will be only the second Congress to be held in a southern hemisphere location. This will be a rare chance to gain insights into the latest international developments in emerging science and technology within the horticultural sphere, at a venue relatively close to home. This major international conference is not just for scientists. It is also expected to attract technical specialists from the various horticultural sectors, progressive growers, packhouse operators, industry consultants, service providers, academics, and students.
The Congress theme of Horticulture – Sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes was chosen to highlight the unique potential of horticulture for addressing modern society’s key issues, including health, poverty, food production and the environment. The Congress will showcase advanced technologies that are becoming globally significant with a rapidly growing population, less cultivatable land and an environment under threat.
The organisation of IHC2014 is a joint initiative of the Australian Society of Horticultural Science (AuSHS), the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science (NZIAHS) and Pacific Island countries. It is expected that over 2,500 international delegates from at least 120 countries will attend the 2014 congress in Brisbane. Ω
30 January 2014