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SEST 2016

VII International Symposium on Seed, Transplant and Stand Establishment of Horticultural Crops

PLANT SCIENCE BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

11th - 14th September 2016

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Welcome to SEST 2016 - Seed Indaba Africa

indaba (ɪnˈdɑːbə )
Definitions
noun
1. (anthropology, history) (among peoples of southern Africa) a meeting to discuss a serious topic
2. (South Africa, informal) a matter of concern or for discussion

On behalf of the International Symposium on Seed, Transplant and Stand Establishment (SEST) it is a privilege and pleasure to invite you to SEST 2016, the Seed Indaba Africa, which is the 7th SEST Symposium hosted by the ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Sciences).

It will be held from the 11th to the 14th of September 2016.  The venue is the Plant Science Building, University of Pretoria.  It is also perfectly positioned to access excellent places of interest for the pre-conference Field Excursion, as well as pre or post conference Safaris to take in the beautiful wildlife that South Africa has to showcase.

The Seed Indaba Africa will be a wonderful platform to interact with seed researchers and colleagues from many different countries.

The symposium will be an opportunity to show-case the cutting edge of seed technology, with many international speakers.  The programme will cover a wide range of topics on seed and technology issues to encompass international priorities and aims and will run over 3 days with various scientific sessions.

The symposium will be expanded to cover a wide range of topics and draw on the expertise of international research groups and colleagues. Topics covered at the Seed Indaba Africa will include issues relevant to:

• seed technology including seed production, seed germination and seedling development;

• seed storage;

• seed physiology;

• seed pathology;

• seedling transplant and stand development;

• grafting;

• economics and marketing;

• plant breeding, and

• all other aspects of research related to horticultural seeds and seed quality.

• The Indaba will provide opportunity to explore strategies and possibilities, discuss problems, new technologies, methods and other aspects related to seeds and seed crops.  The Seed Indaba Africa aims to promote research and other activities related to seed and soil, biotic and abiotic aspects in seedling growth, transplanting and other practices that could enhance the establishment of a healthy and vigorous crop from seed.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Where?

Plant Science Building, University of Pretoria

When?

Sunday 11th – Wednesday 14th September 2016 (Click here* for a basic outline of the programme)

– The optional and highly recommended one-day field excursion will be held on Thursday 15th September, so we suggest your travel dates have you arriving on Sunday 11th  and departing on Friday 16th September.

– Unless you’d like extend your visit on either side to take in a pre or post conference Safari Tour or visit to Cape Town, to make the very most of your visit to South Africa!

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Under the aegis of ISHS

Seed Indaba Africa

The 2016 Seed Indaba Africa will present and debate key issues relevant to seed technology including seed production, seed storage, seed physiology, seed pathology, plant breeding, and all other aspects of research related to horticultural seeds and seed quality.

Plant Science Building, University of Pretoria

The SEST 2016 Seed Indaba Africa will be held and hosted at the Plant Science Building, University of Pretoria, Gauteng. The Indaba will be held from Sunday 11th September till Thursday 15th September 2016.

Line up of Speakers

We have an interesting line-up of great speakers that will hold presentations throughout the duration of the 2016 Seed Indaba Africa. Sharing their knowledge regarding seed production, seed storage, seed quality, plant breeding and all other aspects of seed research and findings.

Sponsors or Exhibitors

You can expect Sponsors and Exhibitors presenting at the 2016 Seed Indaba Africa. If you would also be interested in becoming either a sponsor or exhibitor at the Indaba, feel free to contact us and join the team!

Programme Summary

Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 2016

Join an optional 3-night pre-conference Cape Town Trip

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September 2016

Join an optional 2-night pre-conference safari trip

Sunday 11th September 2016

Registration from 4pm onwards Plant Science Auditorium

Welcome function at 6:00pm on the Plant Science roof at the venue

Monday 12th September 2016

Full day of sessions

Join us for an authentic South Africa Braai this evening

Tuesday 13th September 2016

Full day of session

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Full day of sessions

Gala dinner at the Pretoria National Zoo

Thursday 15th September 2016

Delegates depart to go home OR ideally stay to enjoy an optional one-day Field Excursion

Optional one-day Field Excursion

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th September 2016

Join an optional 2-night post-conference safari trip

Friday 16th - Monday 19th September 2016

Join an optional 3-night post-conference Cape Town trip

Keynote Speakers

REYES BLANCO PRIETO

Presentation Title: Fusarium Seed-borne Pathogens in Agricultural Crops.  

DR GURO BRODAL

Presentation Title: Svalbard Global Seed Vault and 100 years seed storage experiment.

PROF. DANIEL I.LESKOVAR

Presentation Title: Root/Shoot growth modulation of vegetable transplants.

PROF RON R.WALCOTT

Presentation title: Advanced molecular tools for seed heath testing:  Challenges and opportunities.

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