The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Tropical fruit

Sponsored by the ISHS Sections of Tropical & Subtropical Fruits and Nuts & Mediterranean Zone Fruits

We are pleased to invite all tropical fruit co-workers throughout the world to the International Tropical Fruit Symposium to be held in Brisbane, Australia as part of the 2014 International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014). The 29th International Horticultural Congress will also include many symposia covering a range of tropical and subtropical horticultural industries.

The potential for the development of tropical fruit depends on the continuous technological improvement in production and postharvest management. Tropical fruits have a wide array of challenges and opportunities, for in many countries, these fruits are faced with serious problems of biotic and abiotic stresses. The issue of supply chain management is also critical for improved grower profitability. Global partnerships are imperative in order to integrate scientific and technological innovation.

The tropical fruit symposium will include oral and poster presentations. The program will cover the latest information from around the world in tropical fruit research and development. The format will be similar to previous tropical and subtropical symposia but will offer concurrent IHC sessions in a range of other symposia for those with broader horticultural interests.


  • Germplasm, diversity and breeding
  • Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • Production technologies and physiology
  • Postharvest and processing technologies
  • Pest and disease management
  • Economics, marketing, supply/value chains and trade


Bob Nissen had 40 years of experience in the Queensland Department of Primary Industries until his departure in early 2012 to become Managing Director of AG-Hort International Pty Ltd (AHI). Bob has led and conducted major consultancies for international agencies including, ADB, USAID, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), AusAID CARD program, and World Vision. He has advised on the development of projects and programs in pre-harvest and postharvest production, supply/value chains and quality assurance, safe food handling and marketing in horticultural programs, particularly in Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand and the Pacific.

Dr Sisir Mitra is Professor of Fruit Crops at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal, India. He is working on the production and postharvest technology of tropical and subtropical fruits, with special interest on mango, litchi and guava. He has chaired technical sessions and delivered lead lectures in 20 International events. He is chairman of the ISHS Section on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits and also Chairman of the ISHS Working Group on Avocado, and the Working Group on Jackfruit and other Moraceae.

Dr Songpol Somsri is a senior expert in horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Bangkok, Thailand. He specialises in plant breeding, plant germplasm conservation, molecular markers and plant production of tropical fruits such as durian, rambutan, Lansium sp., papaya, tangerine, pummelo and mango.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Dr Xu-ming Huang is a professor of fruit physiology at the College of Horticulture at the South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China. He is Director of Physiological Lab for South China Fruits and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fruit Science and Acta Horticulturae Sinica. His research scope covers: rhythmic growth of shoots in evergreen fruit trees and its regulations; Ca nutrition in fruits, fruit developmental disorders and their control; carbon nutrition production and utilization in fruit trees; and water relations in fruit crops. He has published over 60 papers in international and domestic journals. He was a member of the scientific committee of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th international symposium on litchi and longan, in the 3rd and 4th international symposium on tropical and subtropical fruits, the 1st international symposium on tropical horticulture and the 7th international symposium on mineral nutrition in fruit crops. He is now the Chair of the Workgroup on Litchi, Longan and other Sapindaceae Fruits within the ISHS Section Tropical and Subtropical Fruits.

Prof Raffi Stern is a professor of pomology and subtropical fruit trees in MIGAL- Galilee Research Institute and at the Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Sciences, Tel-Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel. He conducts research programs aimed to improve yield and fruit quality of subtropical (avocado, mango and litchi) and deciduous (apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot and cherry) orchards. His areas of specialization are reproductive biology – pollination and fertilization, fruit development and abscission, crop load and management, high-density orchard planting systems including rootstocks examination and/or growth retardants, and the potential use of PGRs to control the above processes.

Dr. Yun Judy Zhu is based at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, USA. Judy’s research mainly focuses on the biochemical and molecular mechanism of plant responses to microbes. Papaya’s host resistance mechanisms are being studied through comparison of genomic sequences and protein expression profiles and molecular identification of genetic markers associated with host resistance.

Scientific Committee

  • Dr Steve Oosthuyse (South Africa)
  • Dr Judy Zhou (USA)
  • Dr Raffi Stern (Israel)
  • Dr Damiano Avanzato (Italy)
  • Dr M.R.Dinesh (India)
  • Dr Sirichai Kanlayanart (Thailand)
  • Dr Xuming Huang (China)
  • Bob Nissen (Australia)
  • Dr Sisir Mitra (India)
  • Dr Songpol Somsri (Thailand)