International Soft Fruit Conference

Future of strawberries: will it include LED, retail and robots?

On Thursday 10 January 2019, Delphy and BVB Substrates will be organising the ninth ‘International Soft Fruit Conference’. The venue for this event will again be the ‘1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen’ in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

The ISFC 2019 will include a wide range of presentations that cover many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to the presentations there will be an exhibition where 100 soft fruit related companies and organizations present their newest developments and services.

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10 January 2019

8:00 – 8:45
Arrival of guests and visit exhibition
8:45 – 9:00
Eric Boot, BVB Substrates / Campag GmbH & Co KG
9:00 – 9:20
The retail landscape, an end to end journey from plant to shelf, a strategic choice for the present and the future

Sabina Wyant, Technical Manager, Berries Tesco Supermarket

9:20 – 9:40
“Grower, meet robot”
Dr. Ir. Tom Coen, CEO Octinion

9:40 – 10:00
The (non)sense of adding microbiology in horticulture
Mark Smits, Senior Researcher at BVB Research / Lecturer Applied Biology at HAS University of Applied Sciences

10:00 – 11:00
Break and visit exhibition
11:00 – 11:20
LED lighting: opportunities for greenhouse horticulture
Anja Dieleman and Jan Janse, Wageningen University & Research, business unit Greenhouse Horticulture
11:20 – 11:40
Succesfull conserving berry plants
Wim Schmitz, Agracool
11:40 – 12:00
The natural future of strawberry cultivation
Mark van der Werf, Natugro Consultant, Koppert Biological Systems
Guido Roosemond, consultant Soft Fruit, Koppert Biological Systems
12:00 – 14:00
Lunch and visit exhibition
14:00 – 14:20
Checking the leaves; dry leaf tissue and plant sap analysis compared
Jan Hardeman Account Manager Horticulture, Eurofins
14:20 – 14:40
Biological control is topsport!
Jurgen Verheyen Crop specialist berries, Biobest
14:40 – 15:00
Progress in research on the use of Asian parasitoids against Drosophila suzukii
Dr Lukas Seehausen, Sientist, Risk Analysis & Invasion Ecology CABI
15:00 – 15:45
Break and visit exhibition
15:45 – 16:00
The potential future of Blueberries
Hans Liekens Fall Creek Farm and Nursery, Inc.

16:00 – 16:20
Everbearers capture our attention, working towards a higher level
Harrie Pijnenburg, consultant strawberries, Delphy
Willem van Eldik, consultant soft fruit, Delphy

16:20 – 16:40
Big plus with plant-hole treatment red currant
Gondy Heijerman Delphy Research soft fruit
16:40 – 17:00
Autonomous UV-C application to control mildew in strawberry: optimization and compatibility with IPM.
Marieke Vervoort, Researcher Strawberry, Research center Hoogstraten (BE)
Willem van Eldik, Senior Advisor Delphy
Eric Boot, BVB Substrates / Campag GmbH & Co KG

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