NIAB Tree Fruit Day

Date : 22nd February 2024 | 9:50 am - 3:15 pm
Venue : Online

This year’s annual tree fruit day will be presented by NIAB as a virtual event to provide the industry with the latest results of a wide range of research projects led by NIAB and other researchers.


09:50 Introduction and welcome

Session 1: New developments and post-harvest research (1hr, 5 mins)

10:00 Growing Kent & Medway: Supporting sustainability and innovation in the tree fruit sector (Robert Saville, NIAB and Rachel McGauley, British Apples and Pears Ltd)

10:15 Monitoring energy use of apple stores and managing apple maturity at harvest using a sprayable formulation of 1-MCP (AF-701) by AgroFresh (Richard Colgan, University of Greenwich)

10:35 M200 – A new rootstock bred by NIAB at East Malling (Feli Fernandez, NIAB)

10:50 Speeding up the process of apple breeding (Amanda Karlstrom, NIAB)

11:05 Break

Session 2: Novel approaches to pest and disease control (1hr, 20 mins)

11:15 New research into apple scab control (Tom Passey and Katie Stewart, NIAB)

11:30 Latest developments in apple canker research (Mat Papp-Rupar and Louisa Robinson, NIAB)

11:50 Control of brown rot in cherry (Mat Papp-Rupar, NIAB)

12:05 Apple replant disease and soil amendments (Tom Passey, NIAB)

12:20 Wildflower mixes dedicated to tree fruit pollination (Celine Silva, NIAB)

12:35 Lunch break

Session 3: Pest and ecology research in tree fruit (2hrs)

13:15 Woodlice in apple orchards – a new problem (Jude Bennison, ADAS)

13:30 Woolly apple aphid control using earwig inoculations (Michelle Fountain, NIAB)

13:45 New techniques to control apple sawfly (Francesca Elliott, NIAB)

14:00 Brown marmorated stink bug and its spread in the UK (Francis Wamonje, NIAB)

14:15 Review of codling moth control (Charles Whitfield, NIAB)

14:30 Development of pheromones for forest bug control (Francis Wamonje, NIAB)

14:45 The impact of SWD bait sprays on non-target insects (Adam Walker, NIAB)

15:00 Latest results with sterile insect technique for SWD control (Glen Slade, BigSis)

15:15 Close

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