Sharing the latest knowledge at third International Haskap Conference

Success in business may be achieved thanks to access to current knowledge. A lot depends on technology, new research, trends, needs and innovations. This also applies to the fruit industry, especially for newcomer on the market; Haskap berries. The third International Haskap Conference will be dedicated to this berry. It will take place on the 7th of November, 2019 in Poland. An international group of speakers and lectures translated into three languages (Polish, English, Russian) should be an incentive to participate in this event.

The third International Haskap Conference is a great opportunity to gain the latest knowledge about growing haskap, also known as honeysuckle or honeyberry. It will take place in Poland, on 7th November, 2019 at the Warszawianka Hotel (Jachranka). Invited experts, the best lecturers from around the world (Poland, Canada, Germany, Russia, Scotland) will share their knowledge about haskap cultivation and present their views on the future and prospects for this fruit. It is an opportunity to meet, establish new business relations and learn about the possibilities of developing Kamchatka berry fruit.

Varieties in cultivation and processing
There are about 150 named haskap varieties in the world and 40 or 50 of them have already been marketed. It turns out that the choice of the honeyberry variety is critical for the successful cultivation of this fruit. Yields in the future may depend on this choice.

Unfortunately, there is very little research in the world that would allow us to obtain information on which variety is best in terms of good pollination and thus fruit setting. Research in this area is conducted by the team of Dr. Bob Bors at the University of Saskatchewan. In this way, the best pairs in terms of varieties are sought, which together allow to obtain high fruit yields. Such studies are not easy and require time. Dr Bob Bors also conducted research related to the effectiveness of individual pollinators, i.e. honey bees (Apis mellifera), bumblebees (Bombus spp.) and mason bees (Osmia lignaria). During the conference, they will share results in this area as well as talks about how growing new varieties in this Canadian breeding center is developing.

Some berries are very large and sweet but during processing it turns out that the product obtained from them is tasteless. Some have a bitter taste and are completely unsuitable for sale in fresh market, but their taste has a beneficial effect on the quality of food products. For this reason, choosing a variety for specific applications is one of the factors that determine success in the production of both fruit and final products. With the current number of varieties, it is necessary to determine which ones are suitable for particular use. We cannot talk only about varieties for the fresh market and for industry, but about cultivars useful for the production of juices, jams, preserves, ice cream, purees, nectars, etc. Such research is being conducted in Russia by Alena Chernenko, who works as the chief technologist at TPK SAVA /Russia. During the conference, she will talk about the results of her research and present recommendations for the best use of certain varieties.

What is Japanese haskap?
Particular varieties require slightly different treatment in plantations and during handling. This applies even to the varieties originating from Japan and selected by prof. Maxine Thompson from Oregon, who based the crossing only on the Japanese subspecies Lonicera caerulea var. emphyllocalyx. This subspecies grow naturally only on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. It is adapted to the changing climate there - it stays dormant in spring for a long time, despite rapid temperature changes from -25 ° C to + 15 ° C. Blooming begins about 3-4 weeks later than in case of Russian and Canadian origin cultivars, the berries are much larger, more oval-shaped, sweet and sour and have no bitterness.

Plants are characterized by strong growth of new shoots - up to 1.2 m, they naturally maintain shape of letter V. More about the potential of these plants will be told by Paweł Korfanty – nursery owner, passionate and continuator of the breeding program initiated by Prof. Maxine Thompson.

Will customers accept haskap?
Many honeyberry producers are asking themselves this question. Scottish farmers from the Scottish Honeyberry Cooperative have decided to look for answers. To develop this project faster and gain access to the results of scientific research, they established cooperation with James Hutton Institute - a world-renowned agricultural research center near the main haskap farm. This collaboration is linked to the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) program covering the whole of Great Britain, which aims to enable companies to increase their competitiveness on the market. The first step Scottish Honeyberry Cooperative took to implement haskap berries in the UK was market analysis. The resulting information will be presented by Dr. Louise Gamble from the James Hutton Institute in Scotland. This speech will reveal which products from haskap are most liked by consumers and even what are their preferences.

These are just some of the interesting points from the rich program prepared for the 3rd International Haskap Conference. In total, 13 lectures will be given by specialists from 5 countries. The conference will end with a debate on the possibilities of utilizing haskap berries and their market potential. All lectures will be translated simultaneously into Polish, English and Russian, and participants will receive a publication with summaries of all the topics presented, as well as some additional information about this extraordinary fruit.

All information and the conference program are available at http://www.konferencjakamczacka.pl

For more information:
Mariusz Podymniak
Tel: +48 608 500 501
Email: mariusz.podymniak@hortusmedia.pl


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