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


Background  Keynote speakers  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.

Keynote speakers
Victor Galán Saúco
Overview of subtropical banana industries
Victor Galan
Dr. Victor Galán Saúco is Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Department of Tropical Fruits at the Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (1980-2007). He is also a consultant in tropical fruits, mainly bananas, mango and litchis. He has been chairperson of the ISHS Section on Tropical Fruits (1999-2006), vice-chair of the ISHS Section on Banana and Plantains (2006-2010) and Co-president of the 28th International Horticultural Congress in Lisbon. He has also been President of the Spanish Society of Horticultural Science (1995-2003). He has taught courses in tropical fruits in European and Latin American universities and governmental institutions. He authored many scientific papers, books and book chapters on tropical fruits. His main expertise in bananas is protected cultivation and varietal evaluation under subtropical conditions.

David Peasley
Diversity in the subtropics
David Peasley
David is a Certified Practising Agriculturalist with over 35 years’ experience in the Australian subtropical horticultural industries. He has written several book chapters, handbooks and grower manuals on all aspects of subtropical plant production. His main interests are working with growers to develop integrated pest and disease management systems and screening of varieties suitable for the subtropical growing conditions. In 2015, David was recognised by the Australian Banana Industry with the "Award of Honour" for outstanding dedication and service to the Australian Banana Industry. The Award recognised his part in the industry's response to the disease threat posed by exotic diseases and his dedication in representing the subtropical banana industry on the leadership team of the Banana Plant Protection Program and leading the National Banana Bunchy Top Project. He is a member of the Agricultural Institute of Australia and of the Australian Association of Agricultural consultants.

Hadi Bux Laghari
Growing bananas under harsh conditions, drought, cold and salt stress
Hadi Laghari
Hadi Bux Laghari is theTechnical Manager of a commercial farm in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Within two years of joining the farm, he developed a programme to manage Bunchy Top that is now used throughout the province. He also developed protocols to minimize the impact of the harsh climate on the bananas, increase productivity and improve fruit quality. He graduated in Plant Pathology from Sindh Agriculture University in 1998.

Doriana Mangili
Smart Marketing
Doriana Mangili
After a career as a business analyst in Australia and the UK, Doriana became a banana farmer in the sub-tropical region of Carnarvon in Western Australia. Initially joining the Sweeter Banana Co-Operative as a grower, she subsequently served as Board member, Marketer and now Business Manager.  Growing bananas on the edge of the desert was always going to be a challenge, but being failrly compensated for the effors proved to be the greater task. Hence Doriana’s main focus to differentiate Sweeter Banana's product from other Australian bananas.  Through marketing and organisational change, the Co-Operative has been able to challenge the status quo of Carnarvon bananas as a commodity and achieve a premium price.  By educating consumers, Sweeter Banana has shown that bigger isn’t always better and that flavour can trump looks. Passionate about family farming and local food, Doriana is also the Executive Officer of the Gascoyne Food Council and a member of the National Farming Together program Industry Advisory Group.

Miguel Dita
Current state of Fusarium wilt of banana in the subtropics
Miguel Dita
Migual Dita is Principal Plant Pathologist at Embrapa Cassava and Fruits  in Jaguariúna, São Paulo, Brazil. He is currently working on research and extension programmes related to bananas. He received his PhD in Plant Pathology from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil (2003). He was Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Biotechnology at the Institute of Sustainable Agriculture (IAS-CSIC) in Spain (2004-2006) and then Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Plant Pathology at Plant Research International, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (2008-2009). He was Principal scientist and Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of Commodity Systems and Genetic Resources Programme, Bioversity International in Costa Rica (2010-2013). He has twenty years of experience in Plant Pathology, working in different countries, such as Cuba, Brazil, Spain, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá, Honduras, Colombia and Peru. His main areas of interest are in plant-microbe interactions (pathogen and beneficial) and in diagnostic, plant and soil health, integrated approaches for sustainable pest and disease management.
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)
  • Abiotic stress management, including irrigation and plant nutrition, drought management, cold and wind tolerance, and climate change
  • Biotic stress management, with special focus on Fusarium wilt, diseases in subtropical conditions and post-harvest diseases
  • Increased use of banana diversity at the production level
  • Quality planting materials
  • Organic banana production
  • Production costs and economics
  • Smart marketing to overcome limitations related to subtropical production
  • Post-harvest/quality, and use of banana waste
To submit your abstract, send it by email to Karen Lehrer (k.lehrer@cgiar.org) before 04 December 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): 04 December 2017
  • Notification to authors: to be announced
  • 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