International postharvest symposium comes to New Zealand

Anyone with an interest in the postharvest treatment of fruits, vegetables and other horticultural crops is being alerted to the 9th ISHS International Postharvest Symposium, which will take place in Rotorua on 9-13 November next year.  The symposium will bring together leading professionals in the field of postharvest research, offering a diverse programme that includes interactive workshops, social events and field trips.

The discipline of postharvest enables harvested fruits and vegetables to reach their markets with optimal quality and safety. The Symposium will focus on the biological and technological postharvest research of fresh horticultural produce, including postharvest storage, treatments and underpinning mechanisms, quality evaluation, packaging, handling and distribution of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

The first of the Keynote Speakers have been announced. Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, will open the symposium with an entertaining and insightful perspective on science and horticulture in New Zealand.

The programme includes a visit to the Plant & Food Research Te Puke Research Centre and a tour of Hobbiton, with dinner at the Hobbiton Green Dragon pub.

Abstract submissions are now open at The organising committee encourage new and emerging researchers to submit an abstract.

Details for early bird registration will be released soon.

Visitors to the Symposium will also have time to explore Rotorua, one of the premier tourist destination in New Zealand. Rotorua is world-renowned for bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers, natural hot springs and Māori culture. The city also offers activities for the more adventurous like luge-ing, ziplines, zorbing, jetboating, bungy jumping, and mountain biking.

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Source: Plant & Food Research

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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