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Horticultural Science – from discovery to application

Journal of Horticultural Science 100th volume celebration

Horticultural Science – from discovery to application

27th March 2024 – University of Reading.

In association with the Association of Applied Biologists (AAB)

The 6 invited speakers will be covering key areas relevant to production and consumption of horticultural crops in the UK – including diet, policy, climate change and developing technologies including genetic modification, greenhouse production, vertical farming and robotics and AI.

The Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology (JHSB) publishes its 100th volume in 2025. JHSB was founded by Edward Bunyard in 1919 as an independent Journal publishing horticultural science in terms accessible for informed readers. Today guided by its Board of Trustees, and published by Taylor & Francis, JHSB successfully fulfils that aim. This Conference celebrates JHSB’s success and provides a forward vision for horticultural science and its importance in the 21st century. It is on the second day of a 2-day conference organized by the AAB.

More details about both days and registration here: Summary - Horticultural Science: From Discovery to Application (

Importance of horticultural crops for human health and the status of the food system/supply with a focus on the UK

Joanna Trewern, Head of Research at ProVeg International

Transforming UK diets for health and sustainability

Tim Lang, City University

UK Horticulture: its policy lock-ins and options in the poly-crisis

Gareth Redmond-King, ECIU

Climate impacts on UK food imports

Developing technologies to support horticultural production in the 21st century

Jim Giovannoni, Cornell University, USA

Exploring genome diversity and targeted genetic modification to study and improve horticultural crops

Ep Heuvelink, Wageningen University, Netherlands

State of the art and beyond in greenhouse horticulture and vertical farming

Simon Pearson, University of Lincoln

Robotics and AI in Horticulture