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Soft Fruit Winter Meeting and Information Day: 15 February 2018

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 15 February 2018. The day is free and open to anyone in the soft fruit industry and other interested parties.


Delegates will receive 4 BASIS points and 1 NRoSO point for attending.


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    Update of AHDB Project CP138: Transition to responsibly sourced growing media

             Chloe Whiteside, ADAS

10:45    Managing yield instability in blueberries

             Antonios Petridis, James Hutton Institute

11:05    Steps to support the Scottish cherry industry

             Julie Graham, James Hutton Institute

11:25    SSCR project: how does fruit develop in raspberry? A visual approach

             Luca Scolari, James Hutton Institute

11:35    SSCR project: soil carbon stock desity on honeyberry farms

             Matt Aitkenhead, James Hutton Institute

11:45    Advances in Foliar Nutrition

             Richard Cameron, Omex Agriculture Ltd

12:05    New Soft Fruit Projects in 2017/2018

             Jonathan Snape, James Hutton Ltd

12:15    Questions for morning session speakers

12:30    Lunch, view trade stands


13.30    Utilising resources now and in the future

              Alasdair Allan, Agri-Tech

13.50    New biopesticide options for soft fruit

             Paul Tate, Fargro Ltd

14:10    SSCR project: Blueberry seedling establishment

             Susan McCallum, James Hutton Institute

14:20    SSCR project: Do vine weevil larvae produce antimicrobial substances to avoid colonisation by the     entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum (anisopliae)?    

             Pilar Morera Margarit, James Hutton Institute

14:30    Progress from the RBC raspberry breeding programme

             Nikki Jennings, James Hutton Ltd

14:50    2017 highlights of AHDB fruit research

             Scott Raffle, AHDB

15:10    Questions for afternoon session speakers

15:25    View trade stands, posters and depart

Trade stands

Brinkman UK Ltd

Bulrush Horticulture Ltd

Clydesdale Trading Society

Fargro Ltd

International Water Solutions Ltd

James Hutton Group

Koppert UK Ltd


Omex Agriculture Ltd

Scottish Society for Crop Research

XL Horticulture Ltd



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 8 February 2018 to:

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