USDA expert explains how to biomanage apple replant disease

By Engela Duvenage

In September a HORTGRO and Stellenbosch University Apple Replant Disease mini-symposium attracted a near full house, all wanting to learn more about how to deal with the disease without relying on fumigation chemicals such as chloropicrin and 1,3-dichlorpropene.

The mini-symposium was held at the Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch, and was attended among […]

Apple Symposium’s Highveld Highs

By Wiehann Steyn (HORTGRO Science Crop Production Programme Manager)

Sixty seven people attended the annual Apple Symposium held in Bethlehem on 10-11 August in balmy weather conditions (no snow or -8ºC mornings this time around). The symposium was organised by Helen Punt for the Highveld Fruit Growers Association with input from HORTGRO Science.

The Highveld production […]

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    Sustainable agriculture in SA needs biofumigation, symposium hears

Sustainable agriculture in SA needs biofumigation, symposium hears

Stellenbosch – The drive towards “sustainability” formed the backbone of the 6th International Biofumigation Symposium which the organisers of the event described as “fumigation for the future”.

Top researchers in the field of biofumigation descended on Spier Estate near Stellenbosch to make acquaintance with the latest developments and trends in the field.

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    Biofumigation Symposium 2016: Call for registration, abstracts

Biofumigation Symposium 2016: Call for registration, abstracts

The symposium is a must-attend for researchers, farmers, technical advisors, and all stakeholders in the agricultural and food supply industry.
Biofumigation Symposium July 2016

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Medflies don’t mind dry conditions, study shows

Stellenbosch – A drying trend in the Western Cape could spell problems for stone and pome fruit producers in the region, as recent findings suggest that the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitus capitata) can tolerate dry conditions.

The Medfly is one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests with a high reproductive potential and whose female […]

HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium 2016


“Increasing Profitability Throughout the Fruit Value Chain”

HORTGRO Science proudly invites you to the annual Technical Symposium 2016 which will be held at

Allée Bleue, Simondium, 

from 31 May to 3 June 2016.

That’s right we are growing. This year our Symposium will be a three-day event with a Field Day and a ‘first time’ ever Emerging Farmer […]

Vrystaat Appel Simposium lok rekordgetal!


Die jaarlikse Vrystaat Appel Simposium wat deur die Hooglandvrugte Kwekers-vereniging met behulp van HORTGRO aangebied is, het weer ‘n rekord bywoningsyfer gehad.  Altesaam 65 mense van sover as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Ficksburg en selfs enkeles van die Wes-Kaap, het vanjaar na die Vrystaat opgetrek.
Verskeie drukkende industrie-kwessies is deur kenners by die simposium bespreek. Temas, soos […]

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Pink Lady Researcher heading for Chile Symposium.

Dr Elke Crouch, US horticulture and HORTGRO Science researcher, was invited by the International Pink Lady Association to present her research on browning in apples at the Best Practice Technical Symposium 2015 that is being held in June in San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile.

International experts were so impressed with Elke’s work at the Pink […]

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