Historic potato conference in store for top European researchers
The latest scientific progress in all fields of post-harvest potato research and development will be presented at a conference in Norwich on March 12-14.
Hosted by AHDB and Certis, the post-harvest section of the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) meeting will focus on the future of long-term storage in the likely absence of sprout suppressant Chlorpropham (CIPC).
The programme also includes potato tuber pathology, potato physiology, dormancy and store management.
Glyn Harper, crop storage senior scientist for AHDB, who has helped build the programme for the event, said: “2019 is a big year for the potato industry and the future of long-term storage.
“The likely absence of CIPC in Europe is one such challenge and there will be sessions exploring the regulatory, strategic and possible technical solutions – both chemical and non-chemical.
“Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear leading representatives discuss the challenges concerning the loss of CIPC.
I’m sure there will be lots of interest to our fellow post-harvest colleagues, who are travelling from across Europe, North America and as far as New Zealand to attend.
EAPR has partnered with Agri-Tech East in an Innovation session, providing delegates with the opportunity to hear first-hand from innovators in the potato and post-harvest sectors about their various technologies
The venue for the meeting is the Maids Head Hotel, Norwich, known to be the oldest hotel in the UK, dating back over 800 years. It is situated in the local area of Tombland and the heart of historic Norwich.
There will be a technical tour on March 14, including commercial bulk and box stores and the opportunity to see the facilities and research undertaken to Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research.