BENGALURU: Hundreds of breeders, technologists, researchers and seed executives at leading seed companies and research institutions from throughout Asia and the world are expected to attend the third Asian Solanaceous Round Table (ASRT III) this October in India.
More than 20 experts in Solanaceae crop research and market trends have been confirmed to present, speak and moderate technical sessions at the event, which brings together scientists and key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors.
Also known as nightshades, the Solanaceae family of plants includes several important crops of high economic and cultural importance in Asia – and indeed the world – including tomato, capsicum (sweet and hot peppers) and eggplant.
To be held at the Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway in Bengaluru, India, from 22 to 25 October, ASRT III is being organized by APSA in partnership with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), and Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH) – and in association with the Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) and the National Seed Association of India (NSAI).
In addition to presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions that focus on R&D breakthroughs and Asian country market trends for these strategic crops, the program also features a break-out session for participants to explore opportunities in public-private partnerships and collaboration.
Moreover, there will be a field visit hosted by IIHR on the fourth and final day to complement the first three days of technical sessions, which are organized into the following tracks:
- Solanaceous Crops: Modern Breeding Techniques, Resistance to Diseases and Pests
- Germplasm Diversity
- Molecular Markers and Genomics
- Quality Traits in Solanaceous Crops
- Modern Production and Processing Techniques
- Market Trends & Value Addition
- Public – Private Partnership (breakout)
The ASRT was created as a platform for seed company executives and scientists from both public and private sectors to work towards solutions for solanaceous crop farmers’ problems in the Asian region.
The inaugural edition was also held in Bengaluru in 2014, with the follow-up ASRT II held 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.
For more details about the ASRT III agenda, speakers and topics, and to register, click here.