Bridging the World through Horticulture

S12- Berry Fruit (3rd International Symposium)

Hallname: 3B-61

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Invited Speaker:

The increase of berry fruit production in the recent years along with a great success in marketing and export resulted in the most interesting horticultural crops for growers. Berries are widely recognized for their nutritional quality and potential health benefits. Recent increasing interest in nutraceuticals and functional foods has led plant breeders to initiate selection of crops such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bilberries, and currants with higher contents of taste- and health-related compounds. Considering genetic differences among wild relatives from natural population and cultivars of berries, a potential variability can be observed in their contents and composition of bioactive compounds. Thus, berries have been shown to be among the healthiest foods on the planet. For this reason over the last few years, berry fruit production has rapidly expanded globally, owing to the application of strict scientific principles and introduction of innovative management practices. Yet, the industry is facing new challenges that must be clearly confronted and surmounted if it is to continue growing. Consumers are ever more insistent, requesting tasteful, attractive fruits, while calling for safe and ecological supply throughout the year. These demands are placing a lot of weight on the scientist's shoulders to provide solutions to the upcoming issues. This Symposium will offer the opportunity for researchers and berry growers to present recent data in front of an interested auditory of experts. The symposium will favor deep discussion about novel problems and innovative solutions around the berries. The aim of this Symposium is to bring together scientists and technicians from all over the world related to the berry crops, in order to present and discuss the latest achievements in the berry crop production. This is an opportunity for scientists and technicians from nurseries, growers, packing houses, and all people involved in the production chain of this crops for gathering and exchange information about the state of the art in different topics, from plant genetics, germplasm resources and breeding, to crop management and cultural practices aimed at improving the berries, as well as better management of pest and diseases and postharvest and marketing techniques.

Main themes:

  • Breeding
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Genetic resources and utilization
  • Plant, water and nutrient management
  • Biotic and abiotic stresses
  • Crop improvement and omics technologies for value added crop development
  • Food, nutrition and health values
  • Postharvest handling
  • Technology commercialization/Innovation
  • From genetics to variety evaluation
  • Nursery production systems and plant quality control
  • Plant physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Components and factors affecting berries' nutritional value

Scientific Committee

  • Bernadine Strik (USA)
  • Sezai Ercisli (Turkey)
  • Sedat Serce (Turkey)
  • Boris Duralija (Croatia)
  • Darinka Koron (Slovenia)
  • Jasminka Milivojevic (Serbia)
  • Bruno Mezzetti (Italy)
  • Erika Kruger (Germany)
  • Philippe Chartier (France)
  • Chad Finn (USA)
  • Paivi Parikka (Finland)
  • Ioannis Tzenetakis (USA)
  • Jorge Retamales (Chile)
  • Derek Stewart (UK)
  • Edward Zurawics (Poland)
  • Anita Sonsteby (Norway)
  • Mihail Coman (Romania)
  • Beatrice Denoyes (France)
  • Saila Karhu (Finland)
  • Audrius Sasnauskas (Lithuania)
  • Kimmo Rumpunen (Sweden)
  • Ebru Kafkas (Turkey)
  • Walther Faedi (Italy)
  • Juan J. Medina (Spain)
  • Carmen Soria (Spain)
  • Andre Ancay (Switzerland)
  • Tom Van Delm (Belgium)