Healthy banana production systems for better livelihoods

Session themes  Call for abstracts  Registration  Committees

 

The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. The decision highlights the importance of plant health to global food security, economic development, environmental and human health protection. Recognizing the impact that banana pests and diseases can have on the livelihoods of millions of people, the International Society for Horticultural Science and ProMusa are joining forces with the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in organizing the XII International Symposium on Banana, on the theme of Healthy banana production systems for better livelihoods.  The symposium will be held in Kunming, China, 19-24 October 2020.

The destruction that Fusarium wilt caused in the early banana export trades is a prime example of the profound influence a plant disease can have on people’s livelihoods. Where economies were based largely on export bananas, Fusarium wilt caused major production losses, financial hardship, unemployment, displacement, and social and political unrest. The emergence of the Tropical Race 4 strain, which attacks the Cavendish cultivars grown by the export industry and smallholder farmers alike, as well as many of the rich diversity of cultivars grown by smallholder farmers, poses a serious threat to a multibillion dollar industry and the food stability of millions of poor farmers. The crop also suffers from a number of other major diseases, such as Xanthomonas wilt, bunchy top disease and various leaf spot diseases, and pests, such as weevils and nematodes.

The symposium will provide a platform for scientists and other stakeholders to exchange their latest research results and insights on important topics, such as the prevention and management of new disease outbreaks, the use of the crop’s diversity and latest advances in breeding to deploy resistant cultivars in the fight against diseases, the integration of different management approaches at field and landscape level, the impact of various constraints and management responses in banana production on people’s livelihoods, and the exploration of novel post-harvest and marketing strategies.

The symposium will consist of:

  • A two-day scientific conference, with keynote presentations and a selection of oral and poster presentations
  • A half-day hands-on biosecurity training/workshop on the prevention and management of new disease outbreaks, with a special focus on Fusarium wilt TR4
  • A half-day speed-dating event to connect young scientists with experienced scientists 
  • A three-day field trip to visit the YAAS and its partners research facilities
 
Session themes
 

Opening session
Keynote speaker: Ganjun Yi, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences - China

Session 1: Preventing and managing outbreaks of emerging banana pests and diseases
Keynote speaker: Miguel Dita: Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA) – Brazil

Session 2: Using banana diversity and crop improvement for managing pests and diseases
Keynote speaker: Uma Subbaraya, National Research Centre for Banana NRCB - China

Session 3: Integrating management approaches for a healthy banana crop
Keynote speaker: Qirong Shen, Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) - China

Session 4: Assessing impact of production constraints and management responses on people’s livelihoods
Keynote speaker: Jianghui Xie, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science - China

Session 5: Exploring novel post-harvest, processing and marketing strategies for banana production systems affected by pests and diseases
Keynote speaker: Sijun Zheng, Bioversity International/Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences - China

Closing session
Keynote speaker: Tony Pattison, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries DAF – Australia

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Call for abstracts
 

Submission

Abstract submission: open
Abstract submission closes: 30 March 2020
Submit your abstract by email to : k.lehrer at cgiar.org

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to put “Abstract submission” in the subject of your message and include your contact information in the footer or signature of your email message. The abstract needs to be submitted as a Microsoft Word or other text file (no PDF). In the header of the Word file, please be sure to indicate to which theme your abstract pertains and whether you intend your paper for oral or poster presentation. Please note that all oral presentations will require the submission of a full paper, which will be published in a volume of Acta Horticulturae. If this is not agreed to by the author(s), the work can be presented as a poster.

The symposium organizers invite authors to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation under the themes listed below:

Session 1: Preventing and managing outbreaks of emerging banana pests and diseases

Session 2: Using banana diversity and crop improvement for managing pests and diseases

Session 3: Integrating management approaches for a healthy banana crop

Session 4: Assessing impact of production constraints and management responses on people’s livelihoods

Session 5: Exploring novel post-harvest, processing and marketing strategies for banana production systems affected by pests and diseases

Review process

All submitted abstracts will go through a review process and authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted for poster or oral presentation. Accepted abstracts will be published on a USB key that will be distributed to the participants.

Abstracts will initially be prescreened by the Scientific Committee to make sure that they conform to the symposium theme as well as to the session to which they are submitted; no abstract will be considered unless it goes through this first step.

After the prescreening, the authors will be informed about how to submit their abstract(s) to the ISHS via the online interface. If you are already a member of ISHS, the submission charge is waived as part of your membership benefits and you will be prompted to verify your contact details. If you are not a current member of the ISHS you will be required to pay a fee: €95 for European individual (€50 student) or €80 non-European individual (€40 student) before submitting your abstract on-line. By paying this fee you will either activate a new ISHS user account or reactivate your existing user account. You will then be entitled to register to the symposium at the reduced 'ISHS member' rate.

Please consult the ISHS Membership Categories page for more details on ISHS membership.

You may read more about abstract submission on the symposium website.

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Registration
 

Registration is open. The online registration form is available on the official symposium website.

Registration fees

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Early Bird
Before May 31, 2020
Regular
June 1- September 30, 2020
Late
October 1, 2020
Regular Participants non-ISHS member
RMB 2000 | US$ 350
ISHS member
RMB 1400 | US $250
non-ISHS member
RMB 2500 | US$ 400
ISHS member
RMB 1900 | US $300
non-ISHS member
RMB 3000 | US$ 450
ISHS member
RMB 2400 | US $350
Students non-ISHS member
RMB 1200 | US$ 200
ISHS member
RMB 900 | US $150
non-ISHS member
RMB 1500 | US$ 250
ISHS member
RMB 1200 | US $200
non-ISHS member
RMB 1800 | US$ 300
ISHS member
RMB 1500 | US $250

Registration includes: Admission to full scientific program, Conference Materials, Lunches & Dinners, and Acta Horticulturae proceedings. 
Participants are responsible to pay their travel and visa expenses. Students need to provide their student ID at the symposium

Please be sure to read the instructions on the registration page of the symposium website thoroughly before registering. Payment instructions are also found on the registration page of the symposium website.

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Committees
 

Organizing Committee

Sijun Zheng, Bioversity International/Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, Belgium

Karen Lehrer, Bioversity International, France

Ganjun Yi, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS), China

Krishna Kumar, Bioversity International, India

Jianghui Xie, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), China

Xuelin Li, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

 

Scientific Committee

Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, Belgium

Sijun Zheng, Bioversity International/Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Nambangia Justin Okolle, Centre africain de recherche sur les bananes et plantains (CARBAP), Cameroon

Gérard Ngoh Newilah, University of Dschang, Cameroon

Carlos Urías Morales, Organismo Internacional Regional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (OIRSA), El Salvador

Shen Qirong, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Huaping Li, South China Agricultural University (SCAU), China

Ganjun Yi, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GAAS), China

Jianghui Xie, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), China

Zhiqiang Jin, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), China

Guy Blomme, Bioversity International, Ethiopia

David East, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Australia

Wayne O'Neill, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Australia

Miguel Dita, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária EMBRAPA, Brazil

Philippe Tixier, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (Cirad), France

Luis Perez Vicente, Instituto de Investigaciones de Sanidad Vegetal (INISAV), Cuba

Luud Clercx, AGROFAIR, Netherlands


For complete information visit the symposium website: http://www.promusa-yaas.com/mtweb/en/

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