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Growing and marketing banana under subtropical conditions
12 - 16 August 2018 Istanbul - Turkey


Background  Abstract submission  Important dates  Scientific Committee


As a tropical crop, the potential for bananas to produce year round is best expressed when water is abundant and daily temperatures are in the range of 20-30°C. However, bananas are also grown in subtropical regions, where the growing conditions are less than optimal. For example, bananas are an important cash crop in southern Brazil, North Africa, the Middle East, southern Africa, China, northern India, the Canary Islands and Turkey.

The main adverse conditions bananas are exposed to in the subtropics are cold temperatures and short days. But even when the conditions are favourable, as in the long summer days, there might be short periods of extreme temperatures above 35°C. Rainfall is also highly variable. Growing bananas in the subtropics requires technologies that are adapted to the local conditions.

On the other hand, the subtropics also present advantages over tropical production areas, such as reduced pest and disease pressure. Moreover, whereas climate change may make some areas even less suitable for bananas, it may improve growing conditions in others.

This symposium will take stock of recent developments in subtropical banana production and marketing, building on concepts and approaches presented during previous symposia. The first ISHS symposium on Banana in the Subtropics was held in 1998. In 2010, the ISHS Sections on Banana and Plantain and on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits jointly organized a symposium on Citrus, Bananas and other Tropical Fruits under Subtropical Conditions. Moreover, the 2016 ISHS-ProMusa symposium on Agro-ecological Approaches to Promote Innovative Banana Production Systems  covered a suite of technical advances in the deployment of agro-ecological approaches in banana production, and how these can contribute to the development of innovative sustainable production systems, including subtropical regions.

Abstract submission

The call for abstracts is open. Oral and poster papers are invited on the general theme Growing and Marketing Banana under Subtropical Conditions, which can include the following:

  • Protected cultivation (greenhouse)
  • Irrigation
  • Post-harvest/quality
  • Production costs and economics
  • Use of banana waste
  • Climate change
  • Increased use of banana diversity at the production level
  • Drought or drought management
  • Cold tolerance
  • Wind tolerance
  • Mountain bananas
To submit your abstract, send it by email to Karen Lehrer (k.lehrer@cgiar.org) before 31 October 2017.

Each abstract will be pre-screened by the Scientific Committee. No abstract will be considered unless it goes through this first step. After the pre-screening, authors will be notified if their abstract is accepted, and informed about how to submit their accepted abstract(s) to the ISHS via the online interface.

At this stage, a submission charge applies, which equals the cost of an annual ISHS membership (€95 for European individual, and €80 non-European individual). However, if you are already an active member of ISHS, the submission charge will be waived as part of your membership benefits. If you are not an active member of the ISHS, you will be required to pay the submission charge before submitting your abstract online. By paying this fee, you will become an active member of the ISHS.

Abstract acceptance will only be complete once the presenting author has registered and paid to attend the IHC2018, and this needs to be done by 1 March 2018. Failure to register for the meeting will result in your abstract being withdrawn from the program.

Important dates to remember
  • Deadline for abstract submission (by email to k.lehrer@cgiar.org): 31 October 2017
  • Notification to authors: by 30 November 2017
  • Early bird registration: Before and on 31 January 2018
  • Late registration: On and after 1 February 2018
For more details about registration and accommodation, please visit the Congress website:
Scientific Committee

Inge Van den Bergh, Bioversity International, Belgium - Convener

Thierry Lescot, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement, France (CIRAD)  - Convener

Hamide Gubbuk, Akdeniz University, Turkey  - Convener

Victor Galán Saúco, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA)  - Convener

Ahmed Ait-Oubahou, Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire, Hassan II-Complexe Horticole d’Agadir, Morocco

Edson Perito Amorim, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), Brazil

Fréderic Bakry, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France

Ana Lucia Borges, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), Brazil

Pierre Brat, Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Guadeloupe, France

German Calberto, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Colombia

Sebastien Carpentier, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium,

Jeff Daniells, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Australia

Sergio Luis Rodrigues Donato, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia Baiano, Brazil

Navot Galpaz, Galilee Technology Center (MIGAL), Israel

Diane Mostert, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Hasan Pinar, Erciyes University, Turkey

David Turner, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Jacob Van Etten, Bioversity International, Costa Rica

Hans-Willem van der Waal, Agrofair, Netherlands

Matt Weinert, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia

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