So we have come to the end of the 8th International Pollination Symposium and on behalf of the council of ICPBR and of the Pollination Group, I want to say a few words.
Over the last few days we've been hearing a variety of presentations.
We have seen new results and developments in traditional pollination research and we have seen that in some parts of the worlds, for instance in China, pollination of such well studied crops, like apple, can still be improved through well prepared extension work.
On the other hand, new topics are getting more and more attention.
We have heard excellent presentations on pollen flow, which is not only important with respect to efficient pollination, but also with respect to GMO crops.
And, personally, I was glad to hear excellent presentations related to biodiversity, both about detailed experiments and about integrated approaches.
We will need both.
We have gone into detail about pollen, nectar and about the electrostatics of pollination and we went out into the fields to do some landscape management.
Apart from the oral presentations we had a very lively poster session.
The session was well attended and I observed a lot of discussion and exchange of information.
And so far I have only spoken about the scientific presentations.
And there was so much more.
Remember the opening session with beautiful music in the impressive aura of the university.
At the welcome reception in the evening, again with beautiful music and traditional dance, I could feel the good atmosphere and I was convinced that this was going to be a good symposium.
On Thursday we even had more time to get to know each other during the excursion, and we did.
I cannot remember a Pollination Symposium where we ended up dancing the twist.
This means that the Organising Committee has succeeded to create the right atmosphere.
All this of course would not have been possible without Prof.
Benedek and his team.
I want to compliment them with the organisation of this Symposium.
From our arrival to the end of the Symposium everything went smoothly.
On behalf of the council member of ICPBR and of the Pollination Group I want to thank Prof.
Benedek and all the staff and students who helped him before and during this week very, very much.
Mosonmagyaróvár, 14 July 2000
Aad de Ruijter
Council member ICPBR and
Leader Pollination Group