The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Innovative Plant Protection in Horticulture

Sponsored by the ISHS Commission Plant Protection

An International Symposium on Innovative Plant Protection in Horticulture will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014 as part of the International Horticultural Congress (IHC 2014). The Symposium will run for 2-3 days during the Congress but Registrants are encouraged to attend the whole Congress and participate in other Congress symposia of interest. The Congress format will allow Registrants with broader horticultural interests to take part in a range of other symposia.

The Symposium on Innovative Plant Protection in Horticulture programme will include invited speakers, and oral and poster presentations focussing on the latest developments in plant protection research worldwide. The Symposium programme will include presentations on all aspects of development of innovative technologies and approaches to plant protection of importance to horticultural industries and focussing particularly on the challenges and potential solutions.

Session Themes

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – insects, mites, nematodes
  • Integrated Disease Management – bacteria, fungi, viruses, phytoplasmas
  • Biological Control of Pests and Diseases – preharvest and postharvest
  • Development and Commercialisation of Biological Control Agents (BCAs)
  • Innovative Chemical Control of Pests and Diseases – agrichemicals, new chemistry
  • Preharvest and Postharvest Pest and Disease Management in Developing Countries
  • Commercial Application of Innovative Pest and Disease Control Strategies
  • Epidemiology and Detection Technologies for Preharvest and Postharvest pathogens – modelling, forecasting
  • Future Pest and Disease Control/Management Strategies - Discussion


Dr Chris Hale is a plant pathologist and the Chair of the ISHS Commission Plant Protection, a fellow of the NZ Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and an Honorary Research Fellow of the NZ Institute of Plant and Food Research. He is Research and Development Manager for Summerfruit New Zealand and the Director of CNH Consulting involved in Horticulture and Plant Protection consultancies.

Dr. David M. Hunter is a Research Scientist (Tree Fruits) with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada located at Vineland Station, Ontario. As a tree fruit breeder, Dr. Hunter has introduced several pear cultivars with improved resistance to fire blight. He has also been involved in orchard management research on the effects of plum pox virus (Sharka) on fruit production, fruit quality and winter cold hardiness. Dr. Hunter is Vice-Chair of the ISHS Commission Plant Protection.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jim Walker is senior entomologist with Plant and Food Research in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. He has worked on the development of integrated pest management (IPM) programmes in many fruit crops including apples, summerfruit and wine grapes. He played a leading role in the development and implementation of Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) programme for New Zealand apple growers and more recently their ‘residue-free’ programme (‘Apple Futures’). He leads both government and fruit sector supported science programmes that are focus on the development of mating disruption systems, enhancing the role of biological control and the development of new technologies to enhance export market access for the horticultural export sector.

Prof. Samir Droby is a senior research scientist at the ARO, the Volcani Center and Professor of Plant Pathology and postharvest Sciences at the Division of Biochemistry and Food Science at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research expertise include developing biological and natural based control strategies for postharvest diseases, mode of action of yeast biocontrol agents, pathogenicity mechanisms of Penicillium species on citrus and apple fruit and resistance mechanisms of fruits against postharvest pathogens.

Dr. Max Suckling is a Science Group Leader (Biosecurity) for the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research. His research interests include sustainable horticultural pest management using pheromones, and new tools for biosecurity, including socially-acceptable technologies such as trail pheromones for disrupting foraging ants, and also using honeybees as biosensors for pests and diseases. He currently leads a research project on eradication technologies in the Australian-based Plants Biosecurity Cooperative Research Center, as well as the Eradication Theme in New Zealand’s “Better Border Biosecurity”. He was a board member and Deputy Chair of the Environmental Risk Management Authority of New Zealand, serving 2003-2012 in a quasi-judiciary role over new species introductions and pesticide regulation.

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Chris Hale – Chair (New Zealand)
  • Dr. David Hunter - Co-Chair (Canada)
  • Assoc Prof. Pongphen Jitareerat (Thailand)
  • Dr. John Charles (New Zealand)
  • Prof. Dr Astrid Forneck (Austria)
  • Dr. Samir Droby (Israel)
  • Paul Hassan (New Zealand)
  • Dr. Piotr Sobiczweski (Poland)