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Conference on 27th March 2024 – University of Reading, UK

Horticultural science: from discovery to application

The AAB Horticultural Quality and Food Loss Specialist Group are organising a two-day event that brings together researchers working on both fundamental and applied research in Horticultural Crops.

"This is a research area undergoing significant transition due to the sensitivity of many horticultural crops to changing climate conditions. Across the world this is impacting where, when and how horticultural crops are grown. As such this event will explore the scientific progress that underpins climate adaptation in Horticultural crops", the organisers say.

This event is a collaboration between the AAB and Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology (JHSB), who are celebrating publication of 100 annual volumes.

Day One will have a focus on Applied Science and Day Two is a celebration of the Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology.

Day 1 will also include a tour of the research facilities at the University of Reading.

Invited speakers:

Graham Clarkson, Head of Breeding at Edward Vinsons Ltd. Industry-Academic Partnerships in Strawberry Breeding.

The second day of a 2-day event organised by the Association of Applied Biologists is a celebration of the 100th issue of the Journal of Horticultural Science and Biotechnology. It focuses on fruit and vegetable consumption, production and imports in the UK, and on what production of fruit and vegetables might look like in the future.

You can join in person or online, and for one day only.

Session 1: Importance of horticultural crops for human health and the status of the food system/supply with a focus on the UK

1. Joanna Trewern (Head of Research, ProVeg International)

Transforming UK diets for health and sustainability

2. Tim Lang, City University

UK Horticulture: its policy lock-ins and options in the poly-crisis

3. Gareth Redmond-King, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)

Climate impacts on UK food imports

Celebration lunch for those who attend in person!

Session 2: Developing technologies to support horticultural production in the 21st century

4. Jim Giovannoni, Cornell University

Exploring genome diversity and targeted genetic modification to study and improve horticultural crops

5. Ep Heuvelink, Wageningen University

State of the art and beyond in greenhouse horticulture and vertical farming

6. Simon Pearson, University of Lincoln

Robotics and AI in Horticulture

Further details and registration are here: Summary - Horticultural Science: From Discovery to Application (

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