British Protected Ornamentals Association to feature American speakers

The BPOA Spring Conference in Stratford upon Avon at Stratford Manor Hotel on 19-20 January 2016 will feature Bell Nursery vice president production Cole Mangum and Dr Gideon Avigad of Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, both in North America.

Cole Mangum
Cole Mangum

WD Smith and Son managing director Mike Smith, ADAS consultants Dr Jill England and Jude Bennison, University of Worcester plant pathologist Dr Tim Pettit, Stockbridge Technology Centre’s Dr Martin McPherson and Adam Ormerod and Bulrush’s Neil Bragg will speak.

Mangum will talk about merchandising pot and bedding plants in the US and working with Home Depot.

Avigad, the research program leader robotics and automation will talk about putting technology to work for horticulture: process control and automation engineering for Ontario growers.

England will update on the Bedding and Pot Plant Centre at Baginton.

Smith will speak on the BPOA study tour to the East coast of the USA, which included Bell Nursery, and on a proposed tour to the West coast, which could include perennial growers as well as bedding and pot plant growers.

Pettit will speak on water disinfectant treatment.

?AHDB is also organising a day of presentations entitled 'Manipulating Light for Horticulture' on 19 January which will be held at the nearby Stoneleigh Conference Centre and will finish around 3.30pm.

Additionally, on 13 January, AHDB will host a poinsettia new variety assessment shelf life evaluation event at University of Lincoln Holbeach campus.

AHDB Horticulture Project PO 021 ‘Genetic and environmental interactions in poinsettia production and shelf-life’ was commissioned to evaluate a range of new poinsettia varieties from a number of different young plant suppliers on three separate commercial nurseries in the UK, both during production and through/after shelf-life. The trial plants were assessed at the poinsettia meeting staged at R Delamore Ltd on the 26 November 2015 and were then transferred into the shelf life testing facilities at the University of Lincoln, Holbeach Campus. This event provides an opportunity to view the plants, discuss their performance post-shelf life testing and see the effects of a number of post-harvest treatments on the plants.









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