The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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New Technologies in Protected Cultivation

Sponsored by the ISHS Commissions of Protected Cultivation, Horticultural Engineering and Plant Substrates & Soilless Culture

The International Symposium on Innovation and New Technologies in Protected Cropping will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014 during the International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

Protected cultivation has spread rapidly over the last three decades into relatively new areas all around the world. The aims of the Symposium are to present the latest technology trends in crop production including conventional glasshouses, plastic-covered greenhouses and screen-covered greenhouses (screen houses and net-houses), and to provide new insights and innovative solutions to improve protected horticulture sustainability worldwide.

The Symposium will bring together scientists, technicians, private industry, producers and consumers from around the world to discuss, with an interdisciplinary approach, how emerging technologies in covering materials, structures, plant biotechnologies, crop management, and greenhouse automation can be managed more efficiently using innovative strategies. The programme will include invited speakers who will cover the latest innovations in greenhouse research and development, oral and poster presentations, and a technical tour to visit greenhouse horticulture in South-East Queensland.


Greenhouse management and production systems

  1. Materials, equipments and climate control
  2. Modelling

Crop management

  1. Production scheduling
  2. Crop growth optimization and quality
  3. Plant protection

Efficient use of inputs

  1. Water and energy management
  2. Environmental impact
  3. Integrated and organic systems


  1. Information system
  2. Sensors
  3. Robotics and machine vision

Industry needs

  1. Quality control (harvest, storage logistics, packaging, safety)
  2. Quality management systems and certification
  3. Interfacing fundamental research and applications

Consumers, markets and socio-economics

  1. Economics and market development
  2. Supply chain innovation
  3. Education and training

All contributions have to be in connection to the main focus of the symposium: Innovation and New Technologies in Protected Cropping.


Stefania De Pascale is Professor of Horticulture at the University of Naples Federico II in Naples, Italy. She is the chairman of the Section Ornamentals of the Italian Horticultural Society and is an active member of the International Society of Horticultural Science (Council Representative). She has taken part in many international congresses also as invited speaker and as convener.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Toyoki Kozai is Professor Emeritus at Chiba University, Japan. His initial research focused on greenhouse light environments, energy savings, ventilation, and computer control. His research then expanded to in vitro environments and their control for sugar-free medium micro-propagation. He was inaugurated as the president of Chiba University in 2005. He previously served as the President of Chiba University. Since 2010, he has been working as the Chief-director of Japan Plant Factory Association (non-profit organization) and is leading R & D of “integrative environment control of greenhouses using heat pump, fogging and null-balance CO2 enrichment systems for hot summer regions” and 'plant factory with artificial lighting for commercial production of plants'. He was presented the 2002 Purple Ribbon Award from Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports in 2002 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Society of In Vitro Biology, USA in 2009. He will give a keynote presentation entitled 'Developments in innovative greenhouse control systems'.

Dr Jason Wargent is a plant physiologist and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Agriculture & Environment, Massey University, New Zealand. He has a passion for developing our fundamental understanding of plant biology, and translating those outcomes into gains in horticultural production. His research platform is focused on understanding and exploiting applied plant responses to environmental factors, particularly light and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. He is particularly interested in the use of light-modifying polytunnel technologies, and the new possibilities offered by LED lighting for indoor grown and transplanted crops. He is currently a member of EU Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) Action FA0906, has been an invited expert reviewer for the UN Environment Programme. In 2013 he was appointed as an adjunct Professor within the International Institute of Agri-Food Security, Curtin University, Australia, and has recently established a technology 'spin-out' initiative focused on developing novel horticultural plant supplementary lighting approaches. He will give a keynote presentation entitled 'Opportunities for light manipulation in protected cropping'.

Prof Rodney (Rod) Thompson is Professor in the Department of Agronomy in the University of Almeria, Spain. He has established a research program with vegetable crops grown in plastic greenhouses dealing with both N and irrigation management. This work is focussed on developing combined modelling and monitoring based management approaches for both N and irrigation. For N, various monitoring approaches have been studied, with a current emphasis on the use of proximal optical sensors (reflectance, fluorescence). For irrigation, various soil moisture sensors and stem diameter measurements have been evaluated. His research group has worked with various crop simulation models and, in collaboration with Washington State University, has developed the VegSyst model, with minimal input requirements, for determining crop N uptake and ETc of greenhouse-grown vegetable crops. VegSyst is being incorporated into user friendly decision support system (VegSyst-DSS) to determine N and water requirements for the major vegetable species in south-eastern Spanish greenhouse production. Also, in Almeria, he has worked on regional studies of water use, drainage and nitrate leaching associated with greenhouse vegetable production. He will give a keynote presentation entitled 'Optimizing Nitrogen and water inputs for greenhouse vegetable production'.

Scientific Committee

  • Professor Stefania De Pascale (Italy)
  • Prof. Jiang Weijie (China)
  • Geoff Connellan (Australia)
  • Dr Roberto Fernández (Argentina)
  • Dr Martine Dorais (Canada)
  • Dr André Gosselin (Canada)
  • Prof Dr YU Jinquan (China)
  • Prof Dr Hongju He (China)
  • Prof Dr Weihong Luo (China)
  • Dr Christine Poncet (France)
  • Dr Nazim Gruda (Germany)
  • Dr Dietmar Schwarz (Germany)
  • Prof Dimitros Savvas (Greece)
  • Prof Constantinos Kittas (Greece)
  • Dr Yosepha Shahak (Israel)
  • Dr Meir Teitel (Israel)
  • Dr Gupta Mathala (India)
  • Prof Cherubino Leonardi (Italy)
  • Prof Giacomo Scarascia (Italy)
  • Prof Alberto Pardossi (Italy)
  • Dr Eiji Goto (Japan)
  • Dr Sadanori Sase (Japan)
  • Prof Jung-Eek Son (Korea)
  • Dr Youssef Rouphael (Lebanon)
  • Prof Dr Wan Ismail Wan Ishak b. (Malaysia)
  • Dr Errol Hewett (New Zealand)
  • Prof Alfredo Rodriguez-Delfin (Peru)
  • Dr Fatima Baptista (Portugal)
  • Prof Jorge F. Meneses (Portugal)
  • Dr Estaban Baeza (Spain)
  • Dr Nicolas Castilla (Spain)
  • Dr Juan A. Fernández (Spain)
  • Dr Juan I. Montero (Spain)
  • Dr Silke Hemming (The Netherlands)
  • Dr Ep Heuvelink (The Netherlands)
  • Dr Cecilia Stanghellini (The Netherlands)
  • Prof Dr Eldert J. Van Henten (The Netherlands)
  • Dr Leo Marcelis (The Netherlands)
  • Prof Yuksel Tuzel (Turkey)
  • Dr Murat Kacira (USA)
  • Prof Gene Giacomelli (USA)
  • Dr Chieri Kubota (USA)