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AgendaPlease note the official language of the symposium will be English.

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Sunday April 10, 2016
3:00pm - 5:00pm Registration and Poster Set-up
5:00pm  - 7:00pm Welcome Reception
Monday April 11, 2016
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Open
7:00am - 8:00am Morning Refreshments and Poster Set-up
8:00am - 10:00am Opening Session
8:00am Welcome and Convening James Olmstead
8:20am ISHS Welcome Bernadine Strik and
 William Cline
8:40am Introduction of UF and IFAS John Davis and Kevin Folta
9:00am Keynote Address - Vaccinium Phytochemicals Beneficial for Human Health: Bioactivities, Bioavailability, Metabolism and Clearance Nicholi Vorsa
10:00am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 12:00pm Session - Horticulture/Production
10:30am Blueberry Culture in Turkey, Today and in The Future Huseyin Celik
10:45am The Blueberry Industry of China: The Past Ten Years and Future Haiyue Sun
11:00am The Frequency of Freeze Events in Subtropical Blueberry Growing Regions in Florida Elizabeth Conlan 
11:15am Evaluations of Pre- and Postemergence Herbicides for Dodder Management in Cranberry Katherine  Ghantous
11:30am Potential For Commercial UAV Use In Wild Blueberry Production David Percival
11:45am Evaluation of Fruit Quality Traits in Southern Highbush and Rabbiteye Blueberries Rachel Itle
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (Provided)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Session - Entomology
1:00pm Identification of Biorational Insecticides for Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Blueberry Production Oscar Liburd
1:15pm Spotted Wing Drosophila in High Elevation and Culturally Significant Vaccinium species in Southwest Washington State and Northwest Oregon Todd Murray 
1:30pm Monitoring and Distribution of Blueberry Gall Midge, Dasineura oxycoccana Johnson, in Rabbiteye Blueberries in Florida Elena Rhodes
1:45pm Blueberry Leaf Scorch: What can be Learned from Other Xylella fastidiosa - mediated Diseases Peter Andersen
2:00pm - 2:30pm Special Session: Celebration of 100 Years of Blueberry
2:00pm Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Highbush Blueberry Domestication - The Contributions of Frederick Vernon Coville and Elizabeth White Charles Mainland and Mark Ehlenfeldt
2:30pm - 3:30pm Poster Viewing Session and Refreshments
3:30pm - 5:00pm Session - Breeding/Genetics/Evaluation
3:30pm Prolific Triploid Production in 4x V. corymbodendron by 2x Section Cyanococcus Crosses Mark Ehlenfeldt
3:45pm Fruit Quality Profiling of Blueberries for Parental Choice in Breeding: Aroma and Texture at Harvest and in Postharvest Lara Giongo
4:00pm Wild Relatives of Blueberries from Vietnam Kim Hummer 
4:15pm Florida Native Blueberries and Their use in Breeding Cultivars Paul Lyrene
4:30pm Microsatellite Markers Assess Genetic Diversity of Wild Southeastern American Vaccinium Nahla Bassil
4:45pm - 5:30pm Stretch Break
5:30pm  - 6:30pm Session - Organic Production
5:30pm The Organic Blueberry Industry in Oregon: Results of In-person, On-site Interviews with Growers in 2015 Javier Fernandez-Salvador
5:45pm Organic Farming Systems in Increasing the Anthocyanin and Vitamin C Content of Rabbiteye Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei Reade var. Tifblue) on a Heavy Soil Girish Panicker
6:00pm

Weed Management Strategies in Long-term Organic Blueberry Production Systems ' Impact of Mulch Type and Weed Control Methods on Plant Growth, Yield, and Economics

Bernadine Strik
6:15pm

Root Production, Distribution, and Turnover in Conventional and Organic Northern Highbush Blueberry Systems

David Bryla
6:30pm  - evening Dinner (Not Provided - Enjoy Orlando!)
Tuesday April 12, 2016
7:00am - 7:30am Morning Refreshments
7:30am - 8:00am Board Buses and Depart Hotel for Field Trip
8:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip (Lunch Provided)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Return to Hotel
6:00pm - evening Dinner (Not Provided - Enjoy Orlando!)
Wednesday April 13, 2016
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Open
7:00am - 8:00am Morning Refreshments
8:00am - 9:30am Session - Plant Pathology
8:00am Management of Exobasidium Leaf and Fruit Spot Disease of Blueberry in the Southeastern United States Renee Allen
8:15am Blueberry Fruit Drop Disease Associated with a Novel Member of the Caulimoviridae Robert Martin
8:30am Potential Global Distribution of Blueberry Twig Blight (Phomopsis vaccinii) Predicted by Two Species Distribution Modeling Approaches Ariena van Bruggen
8:45am Diagnosis and Management of New and Re-Emerging Diseases of Highbush Blueberrries in Michigan Annemiek  Schilder
9:00am National Blueberry Certification Scheme in the United States Ioannis Tzanetakis
9:15am Managing Blueberry Rust under an Evergreen System Melinda Simpson
9:30am - 10:30am Poster Viewing Session
10:30am - 12:00pm Session - Postharvest
10:30am Solar Dehydration of Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) Baldomero Zárate Nicolas
10:45am A New Non-destructive Approach to Assess Bruise of Blueberry Bruises Ries Using Hyperspectral Imaging Changying Li
11:00am Evaluation of Sulfur Dioxide-Generating Pads and Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Control of Postharvest Diseases in Blueberries Seiya Saito
11:15am Prevalence and Incidence of Postharvest Diseases of Blueberries in California Chang-Lin Xiao
11:30am Effects of Prior Freezing Conditions on the Performance in Freeze Drying Process of Blueberry Hien Ngo
11:45am Semi-mechanical Harvesting Platform for Harvesting Blueberries with Fresh-market Quality Fumiomi Takeda
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch (Provided)
1:00pm - 3:00pm Session - Horticulture/Production
1:00pm Shoot Orientation and Flushes of Shoot Growth Affects Flower Bud Differentiation and Fruit Quality in ´Jewel´ and ´Star´ Maria Pilar  Bañados
1:15pm Evaluating Tensiometers and Moisture Sensors for Cranberry Irrigation Peter Jeranyama 
1:30pm Mastering Subtropical Central Florida Blueberry Challenges Gerard Krewer
1:45pm Field Trials of Bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) in Norwegian Forest Fields Eivind Uleberg
2:00pm Use of Pine Bark in Soil Management of Southern Highbush Blueberries Jeffrey Williamson
2:15pm Maine Wild Blueberry Systems Analysis David Yarborough
2:30pm Water Footprint in Cultivated Blueberries with Drip Irrigation Systems in Concordia, Argentina Alejandro Pannunzio
2:45pm Cane Productivity is Affected by Cane Diameter and Location in Highbush Blueberry Jorge Retamales
3:00pm - 3:30pm Break - Remove Posters
3:30pm - 5:00pm Session - Physiology
3:30pm Influence of Light and Temperature Conditions on Anthocyanin Accumulation in Vaccinium spp. Berries Laura Jaakola
3:45pm Technical Improvement of a New Bioreactor for Large Scale Micropropagation of Blueberries and other Horticultural Crops Margareta Welander
4:00pm Comparison of Nonstructural Carbohydrates across Cranberry Cultivars Lisa DeVetter
4:15pm Emulsions of Long-chain Fatty Acids as Fruit Sizing and Ripening Agents for Gibberellin-A3-treated Rabbiteye Blueberries (Vaccinium virgatum Aiton syn. V. ashei) Blair Sampson
4:30pm Chilling Effect on Three Highbush Blueberry Cultivars Pedro Brás Oliveira 
6:00pm - 9:00pm Evening at the Orlando Science Center
(Includes travel time; busing and walking dinner provided)
Thursday April 14, 2016
7:00am - 11:00am Registration Open
7:00am - 8:00am Morning Refreshments
8:00am - 9:30am Session - Soil/Nutrient Management
8:00am Biochar and Compost Soil Amendments Affect Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Justine Cox
8:15am Physical and Chemical Characterization of Pine Bark for the Production of Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.), in Containers Baldomero Zárate Nicolas
8:30am Assessing Soil Health in Organic Blueberry with the SOLVITA® CO2 Respiration Test  William Sciarappa
8:45am Comparison of Liquid, Granulated, and Controlled Release Fertilizer in Blueberry on Fruit Quality and Growth Erick Smith
9:00am Nitrogen Effectiveness on Blueberry Yield and Quality Jana Apse
9:15am - 10:30am ISHS Berry and Vine Committee Report and 2020 International
 Vaccinium Symposium Proposals
10:30am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:30pm Session - Breeding/Genetics/Evaluation
11:00am Molecular Markers to Identify Morphological and Biochemical Variations in Micropropagated Vacinium Species Samir Debnath
11:15am Dissecting the Blueberry Soil Microbiome to Assess Soil Health James Polashock
11:30am Performance of Recently Released Rabbiteye Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) Cultivars in Alabama Elina  Coneva
11:45am U.S. Consumer Preference for Blueberry Attributes Chengyan Yue
12:00pm Blueprints for Blueberry: An Update on the Assembly and Annotation of the Blueberry Genome Robert Reid
12:15pm A Botanical Survey of Two Forest Fields, Dominated by European Blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.), was made to Examine Changes in Botanical Diversity and Cover Percentage of Species Rolf Nestby
12:30pm - 1:00pm Symposium Closing Comments James Olmstead


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Photo Credits

Left to right photos provided by:

James Olmstead, UF/IFAS, USA Blueberry Harvest

Andrey Sabitov, FEES,VIR, Russia Vaccinium praestans flowers

James Olmstead, UF/IFAS, USA Vaccinium

James Olmstead, UF/IFAS, USA Blueberries close up

Kim Hummer, USDS-ARS, USA, Vaccinium corymbosum

Charles Armstrong , University of Maine Cooperative Extension Vaccinium macrocarpon

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