The XI International Mango Symposium will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton between 28th September and 2nd October 2015 in Darwin, Northern Territory.
The International Mango Symposium is held every three to four years by International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). This year is hosted by the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries. The Symposium will have keynote presentations by Australian and international experts and scientists presenting their mango research. Delegates can formally present, promote and discuss their work and products with other delegates. The event will include an optional one day field tour of the Darwin and Katherine mango growing districts where delegates can see the technology, management and operations of harvesting and packing mangoes.
For the first time at an International Mango Symposium, a series of Master Classes will be held in a range of disciplines to foster the development of mango-related scientific knowledge and skills in early career researchers and post-graduate students. The Master Classes will be facilitated by world renowned, well established professional scientists with decades of experience in mango research.
The Symposium has an attractive social program where delegates can relax and get to know new friends. In typical Australian hospitality, delegates will experience Northern Territory culture at a welcome reception party, a gala dinner and night market at Mindil Beach.
Scientific program themes include
- Genetics and breeding
- Botany and physiology
- Postharvest physiology
- Market access
- Orchard management
- Marketing and value chains
- Plant pathology
- Postharvest management
- Product development
- Dr David Kuhn (USDA) Genomics and Biotechnology
- Dr Randy Ploetz (University of Florida) Mango Diseases
- Mr Richard Markham (ACIAR) International Research for Development
- Mr Rowland Holmes (Manbulloo) – Mango Production
- Dr Fredrich Normand (CIRAD) Mango Canopy Architecture
- Dr Victor Galan-Sauco – International trends in mango
- Entomology (Dr Brian Thistleton, Dr Mary Finlay-Doney and Mr Michael Neal)
- Plant Pathology (Dr Jose Liberato and Dr Lucy Tran-Nguyen)
- Experimental Design and Analyses (Dr Mark Hearnden)
- Flower Manipulation in Mangoes (Dr Cameron McConchie)
- Mango Biotechnology (Dr Natalie Dillon and Dr David Kuhn)
- Tools for Precision Mango-Culture (Dr Kerry Walsh)
Field Day - Friday 2nd October
- A full day guided bus trip from Darwin to Katherine will showcase the Katherine mango season at its best, visiting a range of cultivars during harvest including Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2. Intensive production systems, root stock trials, field and packing shed mechanization and logistics will be discussed.
- Visit mango plantations and processing around Darwin with cultivars ready for harvest including Kensington Pride, Calypso, R2E2 and Nam Doc Mai. Meet local growers while seeing examples of well-managed, highly productive farms and packing sheds.