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Impact of Asia-Pacific Horticulture

Sponsored by the ISHS Commission Economics & Management and the Section Tropical & Subtropical Fruits and the Section Vegetables

The International Symposium on Impact of Asia-Pacific Horticulture -Resources, Technology and Social Welfare- will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2014 during the International Horticultural Congress (IHC2014).

Asian horticulture has developed rapidly over the last few decades in a different way from the way that Western horticulture has developed. To exchange knowledge and information related to the development of Asian Horticulture, the Korean Society for Horticultural Science (KSHS) organized the first Asian Horticultural Congress (AHC2008) jointly with the Chinese Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS) and the Japanese Society for Horticultural Science (JSHS) in Jeju Island, Korea in 2008. Although the second AHC (AHC2012) was planned to be held in Tsukuba, Japan in 2012 under the co-sponsorship of ISHS, it was cancelled because of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that hit the Pacific coast of north-eastern Japan on March 11th, 2011.

Taking advantages of the IHC2014, where thousands of horticulturalists worldwide will be gathering, the Impact of Asia-Pacific Horticulture symposium is a great opportunity for horticultural researchers, leaders and consultants to meet and exchange knowledge, information, ideas and techniques related to horticulture, not only in Asia but also in the Pacific regions. The program will include invited speakers, oral and poster papers, covering all aspects of the unique resources, technologies, and social welfare of Asia-Pacific horticulture. This symposium will give a good opportunity for the horticultural researchers who are interested in Asia-Pacific horticulture to meet before the third AHC (AHC2016) in China.


  • Resources in Asia-Pacific Horticulture
  • Technologies in Asia-Pacific Horticulture
  • Social Welfare in Asia-Pacific Horticulture


Dr. Ki Sun Kim is Professor of the Department of Horticultural Science, Seoul National University, South Korea. He served as Secretariat General of the organizing committees for the IHC2006 and 2008 Asian Horticultural Congress, and was a Vice-President of the KSHS. His research area includes the development of Korean native plants, and growth and flowering control of floricultural crops.

Dr. Rifei Sun is a professor and deputy director of the Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is in charge of international affairs in CSHS and serves as the ISHS council representative for China. His research area includes Brassica biology and genetics.

Dr. Ryutaro Tao is Associate professor of the Laboratory of Pomology, Graduate School of Agriculture at Kyoto University, Japan. He studies reproduction biology and genetic modification of fruit tree species. He is in charge of international affairs in JSHS and serves as the ISHS council representative for Japan.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Suh Jeung Keun from the Department of Environmental Horticulture, College of Bio-resources Science, Dankook University, Korea will address one of the themes of the symposium “Social Welfare in Asia-Pacific Horticulture”.

Associate Professor Yoshinori Kanayama from the Laboratory of Horticultural Science, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Japan will present an overview of technology progress in Japanese horticultural production and its academic aspects in relation to the theme of the symposium “Technologies in Asia-Pacific Horticulture.” The presentation will contain Japanese advanced technologies such as a novel training system, high quality fruit production, and molecular breeding. His research focus is on understanding physiological aspects of development of horticultural crops and their application to production and his current interests are on fruit development and abiotic stress tolerance in fruit crops.

Professor Xi-Xiang Li will address the theme of “Resources in Asia-Pacific Horticulture”. Prof Li is Director of the Vegetable Germplasm Resources Department, Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing, China; Vice President of Onion, Garlic and Ginger Branch, the Chinese Society for Horticultural Science and Executive Director of Genetic Resources Branch, China Agricultural Society. Her work covers germplasm collection and conservation and evaluation, with her research focusing on genetic diversity and phylogeny, germplasm enhancement and elite gene discovery of radish, cucumber and their relatives. Her major achievements include more than 100 research papers, 8 academic books and 30 descriptors and standards of different vegetables, and 6 provincial/national science-tech awards.

Scientific Committee

  • Unaroj Boonprakop (Thailand)
  • Yao-Chien Alex Chang (Chinese Taipei)
  • Fure-Chyi Chen (Chinese Taipei)
  • Zhen-Hai Han (China)
  • Yoshinori Kanayama (Japan)
  • Saneyuki Kawabata (Japan)
  • Daeil Kim (Korea)
  • Wan Soon Kim (Korea)
  • Krisana Krisanapook (Thailand)
  • Jeonghyung Lee (Korea)
  • Kamol Lertrat (Thailand)
  • Xi-Xiang Li (China)
  • Shogo Matsumoto (Japan)
  • Ryohei Nakano (Japan)
  • Masayoshi Shigyo (Japan)
  • Jingtair Siriphanich (Thailand)
  • Jeung Keun Suh (Korea)
  • Der-Ming Yeh (Chinese Taipei)
  • Qixiang Zhang (China)