<tr”>12:30 – 13:30Lunch
<tr”> Session 2Plant growth substancesChair:

Tuesday 2ndJuly                         AH2
10:00  –  10:40 Registration/morning tea infoyer
10:45 –  11:15 Mihi whakatau and Opening address  Takuta Ferris
 Session 1 Opening session Chair: Richard MacKnight
11:15 – 11:45 Opening Address Juliet Gerrard, Chief Science Advisor to PM
11:45 – 12:15 New breeding technologies for fruit trees Andy Allan
12:15 – 12:30 Molecular characterisation of a supergene in hybrid kiwifruit John McCallum
13:30 – 14:15 Keynote
Cytokinin: a hormone with many roles
Paula Jameson
14:15 – 14:30 Overexpression of transporter genes in pea leads to increased protein content, yield and changed cytokinin regulation Jan Grant
14:30 – 14:45 Plant hormones and branching in Zantedeschiaand Acer Sarina Manandhar
14:45 – 15:00 How hormonal interplay controls plant organ longevity Donald Hunter
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Tea
Session 3 Workshop and Oral Posters
15:15 – 15:30 Early Career Researchers: what do you want from a scientific society? Jill Stanley
15:30 – 17:00 3 min Poster Presentations Huub Kerckhoffs
17:00 – 18:00 Poster sessionwith drinks and nibbles
18:00 – Free time (NZSPB: dinner in town)



Wednesday 3rd July                     NB Parallel Sessions in AH2 and AH3
Session 4 AH2 Cell Walls Chair:
09:00 – 09:45 Annals of Botany Speaker

Cellulose synthesis in land plants

Staffan Persson
09:45 –  10:00 Differential processing of pectic galactans and arabinans in cell types at the apple fruit surface during development David Brummell
10:00 – 10:15 Developmental changes to xyloglucan in the skin of growing apples Erin O’Donoghue
10:15 –  10:30 Micropore distribution in cell walls of softwood and hardwood xylem Lloyd Donaldson
10:30 –  11:00 Morning tea
 Session 5 AH3 New Technologies (parallel) Chair:
09:45 –  10:00 Detecting feeding injury of brown marmorated stink bugs (Halyomorpha halys) for Sungold™ kiwifruit using optical coherence tomography imaging Mo Li
10:00 – 10:15 Real-time, non-destructive, fruit-softening measurement using piezo trays Robert Schaffer
10:15 –  10:30 Genetic transformation of Solanum muricatum as a model crop for testing anthocyanin regulatory constructs in fruit Murray Boase
10:30 –  11:00 Morning tea
 Session 6 AH2 Plant Development Chair:
11:00 – 11:30 Translating classical physiological knowledge to discover molecular control of bulbing in onion (Allium cepa L.) Richard MacKnight
11:30 – 11:45 NZSPB Michael McManus Award for Best Student Paper

Differential regulation of anthocyanin profile in purple kiwifruit (Actinidia species)

Yongyang Peng
11:45 – 12:00 The fine regulation of anthocyanin pigment production alters floral colour patterning in Antirrhinum majus (snapdragon) Sarah Moss
12:00 – 12:15 Phytochrome light signalling controls the circadian clock and photoperiodic flowering in Medicago truncatula Soledad Perez-Santangelo
12:15 – 12:30 Systemic and local signals converge to regulate nitrogen demand signalling and nodule formation in Medicago truncatula Nijat Imin
12:30 –  13:30 Lunch
Session 7 AH3 Cell Walls II and Metabolism (Parallel session) Chair:
11:00 – 11:15 Marchantia: a simple model system to study cell wall biosynthesis Ed Lampugnani
11:15 – 11:30 Impact of overexpression of a gene for polygalacturonase on apple fruit phenotypes and cell wall composition Ian Hallett
11:30 – 11:45 Novel polysaccharide structures in the mucilage of Arabidopsis seeds visualised by AFM Bill Williams
11:45 – 12:00 Non-structural carbohydrates in the physiology of Avicennia marina subsp. australasica Sridevi Ravi





12:00 – 12:15 A study of amino acid metabolism in grapevine (Vitis vinifera) Scott Gregan
12:15 – 12:30 Delivering high-quality apples: a multi-omics profiling for identification of potential perfect storage life predictors Laurie Favre
12:30 –  13:30 Lunch
Session 8 AH2 Postharvest Chair: Andrew East
13:30 – 14:15 Keynote speaker

Breaking the mould with cold plasma

Kirsty Bayliss
14:15 – 14:30 A review of current approaches in modelling ethylene effects on postharvest firmness progression of fruit Jeritah Tongonya
14:30 – 14:45 Evaluation of efficacy of washing treatment for extending the post-harvest shelf-life of banana (Musa acuminata) Champathi Gunathilake
14:45 – 15:00 Effect of fruit calcium content and harvest maturity on instrumental texture parameters of ´Rahi´ blueberries Sebastian Rivera Smith
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon tea
Session 9 AH3 Nectaries and Pollination (parallel session) Chair:
14:15 – 14:30 Nectary photosynthesis contributes to the production of mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) floral nectar Stevie Noe
14:30 – 14:45 Optimising best practices for stonefruit pollination Max Buxton
14:45 – 15:00 Watermelon pollination in Queensland, Australia Theo van Noort
15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon tea
Session 10 AH2 Pre- to Postharvest Physiology Chair:
15:30 – 15:45 Yield and morpho-physiological response of potato cultivars to abiotic stress associated with climate change in New Zealand Allan Siano
15:45 – 16:00 Skin topography of kiwifruit from different growing conditions Leo Lai
16:00 – 16:15 Which foliar potassium fertiliser improves fruit growth and quality of Gold3 kiwifruit at harvest? Maria Hashmatt
16:15 – 16:30 Characteristics of apple (Malus domestica) fruit at harvest are affected by altering early season light environment Daya Dayatilake
16:30 – 16:45 Understanding the physiological effects of aminoethoxyvinylglycine (AVG) on ’Prem009’ pears Jess Byrne
16:45 – 17:00 Seasonal variations in the source and use of water by three dominant vegetation species in desert steppe, Ningxia, China Haiyung Hu
Session 11 AH3 Germplasm (parallel session) Chair:
15:30 – 15:45 Cryopreservation of Syzygium maire (Swamp maire, waiwaka), a critically endangered tree species from New Zealand Karin van der Walt
15:45 – 16:00 Description on biological characteristics of ten varieties of kiwi berry (Actinidia arguta) germplasm resources from northeast of China Ying Wang
16:00 – 16:15 Development of a protocol for cryopreservation of kiwifruit (Actinidia spp.) germplasm through droplet vitrification Liya Mathew
16:15 – 16:30 Towards developing a core collection of New Zealand hop (Humulus lupulus) genetic resources for cryobanking Claudia Wiedow
16:30 – 16:45 Effect of preconditioning donor plantlets and manipulating recovery media on potato (Solanum spp.) regeneration after cryopreservation by droplet vitrification Ranjith Pathirana
16:45 – 17:00 Pollen development and 2n pollen induction using nitrous oxide in Limonium sinuatum Rian Siregar
17:00 – 18:00 AH2 AGM for NZSPB
17:00 – 18:00 AH3 AGM for NZIAHS
17:00 – 18:00 AH5 AGM for IAPB(NZ)
19:00 – Conference Dinner, Russell Room, Wharerata




Thursday 4th  July        AH2
 Session 12 Plant Phenotyping Chair:
09:00 – 09:45 Keynote Speaker
Fast Phenotyping – linking growth patterns, stress responses and plant genetics
Bettina Berger
09:45 – 10:00 Fruit feature detection using LIDAR mapping of kiwiberry orchards Peter McAtee
10:00 – 10:15 GBS for detection of SNP loci under selection in white clover (Trifolium repens L.) Sofie Pearson
10:15 – 10:30 Utilising high throughput brewing to phenotype hops with novel flavour and aroma characteristics Kerry Templeton
10.30 –  11.00 am Morning tea
 Session 13 Plant Physiology Chair:
11:00 –  11:15 Light interception of sweet cherry trees grown as a planar cordon orchard system design and the relationship to fruit quality Claire Scofield
11:15 – 11:30 Establishment of planar sweet cherry canopies using physiological principles Jill Stanley
11:30 –  11:45 Understanding the relationship between crop load, yield and fruit quality in apple planar cordon orchard systems Jack Wilson
11:45 –  12:00 Modelling grape growth in relation to whole-plant carbon and water fluxes Junqi Zhu
12:00 –  12:15 Bridging stress physiology experiment and modelling: an example of representing the differential drought sensitivities of leaf gas exchange Shuangxi Zhou
12:15 – 12:30 Investigation of seed dormancy in 13 Actinidia species Azadeh Esfandiari
12:30 –  13:30 Lunch
 Session 14


Plant diseases and Conference close Chair:
13:30 – 14:00 Improving tomato diseases management using micro-ecosystem Aoxue Wang
14:00 – 14:15 Resistance and susceptibility of Camellia plants to petal blight disease are defined by the timing of defence responses Nikolai Kondratev
14:15 – 14:30 Living off the bioeconomy: what does the future hold for New Zealand? Julian Heyes
14:30 – 14:45 Student awards for best oral presentation and best poster

Closing remarks