HDC/BPOA poinsettia meeting final call

The next HDC / BPOA poinsettia meeting is on 18 November at Woodlands Nursery and Garden Centre, Leicester LE9 8JE.

There will be an opportunity to view a range of new poinsettia varieties from various suppliers and also the commercial crop at Woodlands.

There will also be presentations on the control of tobacco whitefly, an update of the ongoing HDC funded project PO 003 ‘Development of safe and effective programmes for the early control of tobacco whitefly on poinsettia crops’ and a summary of the outcome of the consultation document on the pest. There will also be presentations on variety selection and cool growing techniques, the potential for future poinsettia promotions via Stars for Europe and a chance to input into future research and development requirements for the crop.

Ian Mills, Poinsettia Group chairman, will introduce the event and a tobacco whitefly control update will come from John Buxton, ADAS; Neil Helyer, Fargro and a speaker from Fera policy division. Consultant Harry Kitchener will speak on variety selection and cool grown crops. Mills will talk about stars for Europe and poinsettia promotions  with Susanne Lux.

Contact Kirsty Nichols, HDC, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2TL, Fax: 0247 6478902 or email: kirsty.nichols@hdc.org.uk by 12 November 2010.


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