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

Sponsored by the ISHS Sections Pome & Stonefruits, Vine & Berry fruits, Vegetables, Citrus and the Commissions Nomenclature & Cultivar Registration.

The International Symposium on “Plant Breeding in Horticulture” will be held in Brisbane, Australia during the International Horticultural Congress 17-22 August 2014 (IHC2014).

Welcome to “Plant Breeding in Horticulture”. If you are interested in plant breeding you will know it is a good time for horticultural breeding. There is a rise in demand from consumers for fresh, tasty, convenient and healthy food, which horticulture is well placed to supply. There have also been advances in new tools for plant breeding including genomics, metabolomics, high throughput phenotyping, data acquisition and storage technology (to name a few). Now is a good time to get together and discuss the successful application of these technologies in plant breeding. What progress are plant breeders making? What success has there been in the practical applications of new technologies? We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what you have to share.

Oral and poster papers are invited on the following themes:

Sustaining lives

  • Breeding for health - Breeding foods with traits that promote health responses or disease prevention (eg: obesity)

Sustaining livelihoods

  • Tools for modern breeding programmes:
    • Successes in practical application of “-omics” in plant breeding programmes (eg: whole genome selection)
    • Application of enabling technologies in plant breeding e.g.: apomixis, male sterility, self incompatibility, embryo rescue, somatic hybridisation, haploids, doubled haploids, polyploidy etc.
    • New directions in quantitative genetic analysis and examples of its application in plant breeding programmes
    • Applications of high throughput phenotyping technologies
    • Information technology innovations applied to plant breeding (data collection, GPS, GIS, breeding programs/applications, databases, internet, etc.)
    • Utilising plant genetic resources and natural variability for breeding purposes
  • Added-value breeding – taking the crop beyond a commodity into specific added-value products eg: vegetables better suited for slicing, intense fruits (low juice) for pizza and sandwiches, mini lettuce heads for fast food, etc.
  • Small breeding programmes:
    • How to allocate resources and smart ways to make the dollar stretch
    • Low technology breeding
  • Celebrating plant breeding successes/failures:
    • Startling success stories
    • Humorous/precautionary failures

Sustaining landscapes

  • Breeding for low input farming, amenity plantings or specific climates (eg climate change)
    • disease resistance
    • abiotic stresses (drought, low fertility, salinity)
    • water and carbon footprint applications in breeding
    • adaptation (low/high chill, etc.)

Tropical horticulture

  • Breeding tropical crops


Prof.Dr. A. Naci Onus is currently head of the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Akdeniz University, Antalya-Turkey. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Reading, England on pepper breeding and genetics. His research and teaching in horticulture primarily focus on vegetable crops breeding, genetics and biotechnology with special emphasis on obtaining double haploid plants for breeding programs and molecular markers. He is also acting as member of editorial and advisory board of scientific journals as well as having duties in the scientific council of Turkey.

Dr Alastair Currie is a plant breeder and team leader at The Institute of Plant & Food Research, New Zealand based at Motueka, New Zealand. Alastair has had a career in fruit breeding including apricot, apple, citrus, feijoa, kiwifruit and blackcurrant breeding. Alastair now manages the berryfruit and hops breeding team and his research programme includes the genetic improvement of blackcurrant (Ribes), interspecific kiwifruit (Actinidia), Dragon fruit (Hylocereus) and wine grapes (Vitus).

Keynote Speaker

Dr David Chagné, is a senior scientist in breeding and genomics at The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research in Palmerston North, New Zealand. His research is focused on understanding the genetic control of complex horticultural traits with the intent of improving the breeding efficiency of new varieties. David’s achievements include cataloguing the two million SNPs in the apple genome and elucidating the genetic control of fruit traits, including antioxidant content, red flesh, crispness and aroma.

Scientific Committee

  • Jaime Prohens (Spain)
  • Allain Palloix (France)
  • Paul Bosland (USA)
  • Sjaak van Heusden (The Netherlands)
  • Dilip Panthee (USA)
  • Anne Frary (Turkey)
  • John W. Scott (USA)
  • PDS Caligari (Chile)
  • Ron Beatson (NZ)
  • Malcolm Smith (Australia)
  • Bruce Topp (Australia)
  • Harry Paris (Israel)
  • Kwan Jeong Song (Korea)