UK – The British Growers Association in conjunction with the University of Warwick is hosting the third International Symposium on Carrot and Other Apiaceae this year between the 2nd and 5th October 2023.

The event, entitled ‘A Taste of Things to Come’ is a four-day event that will include scientific and technical talks on everything from consumption to agronomy.

The program lineup includes two days of talks, plus three evenings of festivities with both scientific and technical sessions running in parallel, with presentations on varying subjects including: Production, marketing and consumption around the world, Environment, nutrition and product quality, Disease and weeds, Seeds and breeding, and Carrot agronomy.

“We are so excited that the UK has the opportunity to host this prestigious even,” said CEO of British Growers, Jack Ward. “We have a great platform to showcase the fantastic research that our universities, research organizations and growers are involved in.”

Professor Rosemary Collier of the University of Warwick, who chairs the event’s scientific committee added that they have had an excellent array of papers on varying research topics submitted.

Among the research topics she listed were new approaches to crop production and crop protection (pests, diseases, and weeds), crop genetics/genomics, and breeding focused on several different traits.

“There will also be consideration of consumer preferences and impacts on their health,” she added.

British Growers will be hosting the event on behalf of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) which is an independent organization of horticulturists acting as a globally recognized and sought-after platform for research, science-based information exchange and collaboration in support of sustainable innovation in horticulture.

The association is a grower owned, grower led, not for profit umbrella group comprising a range of organizations operating in the UK horticulture industry and fresh produce sector.

Earlier this year, the association was fortunate to get an invitation to the Prime Minister’s Farm to Fork Summit held at Downing Street in mid-May.

The guest list, which amounted to around 70, included a varied selection of guests from Kaleb and Cheerful Charlie from Clarkson’s Farm, through to various major retailer bosses.

The Prime Minister in his speech, was keen to stress his commitment to growing the food and farming industry. He recognized the current challenging times and noted the need to avoid a repeat of the empty shelves’ scenario experienced in the region earlier that year.