International Symposium on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture

Over 200 horticulturists from 23 countries attended the International Symposium on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture at the Cairns Convention Centre, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 November. 

Leading-edge mango research was presented to this international audience by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) scientist’s including Dr Paula Ibell (mango orchard management systems), Dr Natalie Dillon (mapping the mango genome), Dr Andrew Macnish (managing under-skin browning) and Dr Geoff Dickinson (achieving environmental and economic sustainability). 

A highlight of the conference was the “Grower Breakfast and Panel Discussion: Food bowl or dust bowl?”. This lively public event was mediated by television personality Don Burke, and included Dimbulah mango and avocado grower Mrs Kylie Collins as one of the five industry panellists.

Article submitted by Dr Geoff Dickinson, Senior Horticulturist, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mareeba. Contact geoff.dickinson@daf.qld.gov for further information. 

Dr Vik Pandrey (India Council of Agricultural Research) and Dr Natalie Dillon (DAF) discuss mango breeding opportunities.

Dr Vik Pandrey (India Council of Agricultural Research) and Dr Natalie Dillon (DAF) discuss mango breeding opportunities.

Conference panellists and Mareeba fruit growers Gerard Kath and Kylie Collins with DAF Senior Horticulturist, Dr Geoff Dickinson.

Conference panellists and Mareeba fruit growers Gerard Kath and Kylie Collins with DAF Senior Horticulturist, Dr Geoff Dickinson.