The 9th International Symposium “On Timing of Field Production in Vegetable Crop” was held at the Agricultural College of the USP/ESALQ in Piraciaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, from May 20-24, 2001. The Symposium was organized by the International Soceity of Horticultural Sciences (ISHS) Vegetable Section, the Sociedade de Olericultura do Brasil (SOB), Escoa Superior de Agricutra “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ/USP), Embrapa Vegetables, and Embrapa Corn and Sorghum.
The Symposium was attended by approximately 50 delegates from eight countries, including Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Spain, The Netherlands, Japan, Germany, and Italy.
The topics covered included seed production, seed technology, transplant production, field establishment of vegetables, crop nutrition, cultural practices and management, harvesting and postharvest, and economics and marketing.
The Symposium was opened by the Convener, Dr.
Keigo Minami followed by formal introductions to the Plenary Session by Dr.
Julio Marcos Filho, Director of ESALQ/USP (Brazil), and Dr.
Daniel J. Cantliffe, Chair of ISHS, Section of Vegetables (USA). This was followed by an exciting video presentation on Horticulture in Brazil which was presented by Dr.
Rumy Goto, President, Sociedade de Olericulturta do Brasil.
On Wednesday, May 23, 2001, the Symposium attendees participated in a field trip in the state of Sao Paulo, where they visited transplant production facilities and vegetable production under low land conditions.
They visited various vegetable production facilities and also visited several fresh-cut operations which are new in Sao Paulo.
The Symposium Social Program included an opening reception with a folk dance show called “Capoeira,” and a memorable Symposium dinner on Tuesday evening with traditional Brazilian food and entertainment.
This volume of Acta Horticulturae is the Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Timing of Field Production in Vegetable Crops.
Invited and keynote speakers and selected authors of offered oral papers and posters had the opportunity to submit their manuscripts for publication in this volume of the series Acta Horticulturae.
Submitted manuscripts were reviewed by the Editorial Board and amended according to the referee suggestions prior to acceptance.
The ISHS acknowledges the cooperation received from the Editors on reviewing the manuscripts which was a significant contribution to the overall quality of the publication.
The ISHS Board of Directors