6th International Symposium on Cucurbits

30-06-2019 15:30 tot 03-07-2019 19:00
Campus Coupure, Ghent University, Coupure links 653, Ghent
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Prof. Marie-Christine Van Labeke
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The importance of cucurbits cannot be underestimated. They comprise both vegetable and fruit crops and are cultivated in tropical, subtropical and temperate regions.

Three genera, Cucumis (cucumbers, melons), Cucurbita (pumpkins, squash, gourds), and Citrullus (watermelons), rank respectively second in global vegetable production and first in global fruit production.

Yet, growers as well as the industry are continuously facing new challenges as the market requires safe food which is produced in a sustainable way.

This symposium aims to address current and future challenges for a sustainable cucurbit production under the changing climatic conditions of tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. Research of both open field and protected production is welcomed.

In this context, the 6th International Symposium on Cucurbits will highlight the most recent scientific progress made in cucurbit research from genetics, biodiversity, plant physiology, irrigation and fertilization, abiotic stresses, protected cultivation techniques, open field cultivation techniques, product quality and management of pests and diseases.

This symposium will be an excellent opportunity for discussing state-of-the-art research and future perspectives of cucurbit production, visit the region of Flanders and its vegetable industry in the technical tour and enjoy the Belgian beers.

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