EMR Association/AHDB Horticulture event to up-date tree fruit growers on latest research

EMR Association and AHDB Horticulture are hosting a technical up-date for the tree fruit industry on Tuesday 23rd February at the East Malling Conference Centre.


The event will provide some of the latest results to be delivered from a number of AHDB Horticulture funded research projects on tree fruit, along with some very useful PhD studies on the advantages of biodiversity in orchards for beneficial pest control.


Two presentations will be made on the progress of both short and long term research into apple canker control, some of which has been investigating alternative control products and comparing their performance to the fungicide product Bellis. There will also be up-dates on projects to develop earwig safe spray programmes in apple orchards and the development of systems to increase hoverfly populations in apple orchards. The latest information on the control of spotted wing drosophila in cherry orchards will also be presented.


New information on improving the quality of long-term stored Gala will be made available along with new understanding of post-harvest technology in cherries. The event will also include up-dates on the two fruit wall research projects being funded on choice of planting material and the optimum pruning techniques to optimise yield and quality.


Anyone wishing to attend the event should contact Charlotte Saunders at AHDB Horticulture on 0247 647 8726 (hort.events@ahdb.org.uk).





Notes to Editors:
If you would like more information on this release please contact Scott Raffle, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager: scott.raffle@ahdb.org.uk or on 01732 897473.


  • AHDB Horticulture (formerly Horticultural Development Company (HDC)) is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) which administers the collection of an ‘industry levy’ to fund essential near-market research and development. The research programme and knowledge transfer activities are strategically aligned to the needs of the industry by working closely with growers, consultants, scientists and funding bodies.


  • AHDB Horticulture’s work is funded through an industry levy which is channelled directly into research and development projects that serve the interests of over 300 crops through seven sector panels: Protected Edibles; Field Vegetables; Mushrooms; Soft Fruit; Hardy Nursery Stock; Tree Fruit, and Protected Ornamentals and Bulbs


  • AHDB Horticulture has responsibility for over 300 crops in the horticultural industry.


  • The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is an independent, evidence-based ‘Levy Board’ which plays a pivotal role in improving farm business efficiency and competitiveness. The AHDB is wholly funded by farmers and growers through statutory levies. Because the levy is statutory AHDB is classified as a non-departmental public body.


  • The EMR Association is a principal conduit for the dissemination of knowledge and information from East Malling Research. EMR Association is a subscription-based organisation, which allows members to remain at the forefront of perennial horticultural R&D and best practice. emr.ac.uk



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