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2016 Soft Fruit Winter Meeting and Information Day

The Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) and Bulrush Horticulture Ltd are holding a joint Information Day and Soft Fruit Winter Meeting at the Inchture Hotel, Perthshire on 18 February 2016. The day is free and open to anyone in the soft fruit industry and other interested parties. BASIS and NRoSO points have been applied for and will be available to attendees on the day.


Registration and coffee is from 9.30am and there will be various opportunities throughout the day to visit the trade stands. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge

Full programme of talks and trade stands below.

09:30     Registration / Coffee and view trade stands


10:15     Introduction and welcome

10:25     P4 – Responsible sourcing of growing media – an overview

             Paul Alexander and Neil Bragg, Bulrush Horticulture

10:55     SSCR project: Spotted Wing Drosophila and 2015 update

             Alison Dolan and Gaynor Malloch, the James Hutton Institute

11:15     SSCR project: Thermal imaging as a non-destructive method to detect root rot stress in raspberry

             Dominic Williams, the James Hutton Limited

11:30     Current blueberry developments and how they can translate towards a UK cherry model

             Susan McCallum and Julie Graham, the James Hutton Institute

11:50     New developments in nutrition

             David Marks, Omex Agriculture

12:20     Questions for morning session speakers

12:30     Lunch, view trade stands


13.30     Strawberry breeding at EMR

             Adam Whitehouse, East Malling Research

13.55     New developments in tunnel films

             Les Lane, XL Horticulture

14:15     SSCR project: Feeding our foes

             Carolyn Mitchell, the James Hutton Institute

14:25     An update from the RBC raspberry breeding programme

             Nikki Jennings, James Hutton Limited

14:45     SSCR project:  Above and belowground interactions in agro-ecosystems: an ecological network approach

             Peter Orrell, the James Hutton Institute jointly with Newcastle University

15:00     AHDB funded research in soft fruit

             Scott Raffle, AHDB

15:20     Questions for afternoon session speakers

15:30      Honeyberry - the world's tastiest secret is now in Scotland

              Stewart Arbuckle, P A Arbuckle & SOns and Logie Cassell, LoveHoneyberry

15:45     View trade stands and depart

Trade stands

Agralan Ltd

Brinkman UK Ltd

Bulrush Horticulture

Clydesdale Trading Society

Fargro Ltd

James Hutton Group


Omex Agriculture

Ripple Aquaplast


XL Horticulture



This event is free of charge but attendees are requested to pre-register so that sufficient catering can be provided.

Please confirm your attendance by no later than 11 February 2016 to:

Pam Cassidy
Events Co-ordinator
The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Tel: 01382 568 751
Email: events@hutton.ac.uk