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1st International Electronic Conference on Horticulturae

16–30 Apr 2022

Plant Nutrition, Protected Culture, Postharvest Technology, Biotic and Abiotic Stress, Genetics and Breeding, Vegetable Production Systems, Fruit Production Systems, Floriculture and Nursery, Medicinals and Herbs
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IECHo-2022 is closed. Thank you for your participation.

The recordings of IECHo-2022 live sessions are available at:
https://iecho2022.sciforum.net/#recordings
The accepted proceedings papers will probably be published as one dedicated volume in MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum (ISSN: 2673-9976 , https://www.mdpi.com/journal/blsf). After the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in one Special Issue in Horticulturae.

Opening Message

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to give you a warm welcome to the 1st International Electronic Conference on Horticulturae (IECHo2022). I am very pleased to hold this event which would not be possible without the collaboration of the other co-conveners, Prof. Dr. José Antonio Pascual and Prof. Dr. Yuyang Zhang, the members of the Conference Committee, the Invited Speakers, the Qualified Reviewers, and The Technical Secretariat.

This international symposium is an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers, academics, technicians, and other experts from the public and private sectors involved in the field of Horticultural Science. The symposium comprises two live sessions and special technical sessions, offering a high-quality interesting program with renowned keynote speakers. We hope you can show and exchange your most recent research work, ideas, and innovations, taking into account that after the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in a Special Issue.

Welcome from the Chairs

The global pandemic has forced us to restrain traveling but we do not want to stop communicating our progress in horticultural science, and this conference will be a great opportunity for it. Global warming and climate change, including increasing temperatures and water shortages, are bringing about major shifts in our food system, which will lead to modifications in most of the current food production strategies to keep both human and planetary health. The Sustainable Development Goals address the global challenges we face, including making the food system more productive, environmentally sustainable and resilient. In this context, producers of horticultural crops are continually developing new innovative horticultural systems and techniques with the aim of achieving more sustainable and efficient production to overcome specific cultivation limitations, to reduce any related environmental impacts, including those related to climate change, and to adjust to new market requirements. It is for this reason that it is necessary to update our scientific knowledge of horticultural science.

The conference will include several special sections which embrace the most important research opportunities in Horticultural Science. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The hidden potential of urban horticulture
  • Organic horticulture
  • New trends on medicinal, herbs, and specialty crops
  • Propagation and seeds in the globalized world
  • How to increase plant nutrition with no negative effect on environment
  • Outreach, Extension, and Education on horticulture advances
  • Advances in fruit production systems
  • Advances in vegetable production systems
  • Postharvest Challenges and Technologies
  • Overcoming abiotic and biotic stress
  • Managing new plant pest and diseases

We hope in this conference you can show and exchange your most recent research work, ideas and innovations, in a virtual scenario, which do bring us many of the same benefits plus some that physical events cannot deliver (absence of registration fees and travel costs, time consuming, comfort and well-being…). Even more, your presentation will be accessible to hundreds of researchers around the world.

As this conference is hosted by MDPI, all accepted extended abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum (ISSN: 2673-9976 , https://www.mdpi.com/journal/blsf). After the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in one Special Issue in /Horticulturae/.

Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández, Technical University of Cartagena, Cartagena Spain

Prof. Dr. José Antonio Pascual, CEBAS-CSIC, Murcia Spain

Prof. Dr. Yuyang Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan China

Live Session Program

There will be two live sessions, held on 26/04/2022 16:00, and 27/04/2022 16:00.

The detailed program is listed below. Please keep updated with this.

Non-conventional approaches to maintain postharvest quality|26 April 2022

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST/CET

Chair

Chair Introduction

16:00

Speaker 1

Prof. Zoran S. Ilic - Preharvest techniques reduce losses by environmental stresses during vegetables production and storage

16:05

Speaker 2

Prof. Athanasios Koukounaras - Recent approaches to maintain postharvest quality using biostimulants

16:25

Speaker 3

Dr. Alessandra Di Francesco - Post-harvest non-conventional and traditional methods to control Cadophora luteo-olivacea: skin pitting agent of Actinidia deliciosa (A. Chev.)

16:45

Q&A Session

17:05

Closing of Webinar

Chair

17:15

Trends for future horticulture | 27/04/2022 16:00

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST/CET

Chair

Chair Introduction

4:00 pm (Basel Time)

Speaker 1

Dr. Luca Incrocci - Use of Wild Edible Herbs as Innovative Crops and Source of Nutraceutical Compounds for the Human Health

4:10

Speaker 2

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Savvas - Minimising Pollution from Nutrient Emissions and Maximizing Water Use Efficiency in Greenhouses through Efficient Recycling of the Fertigation Effluents

4:30

Speaker 3

Dr. Luca Regni – tentative “Effects of novel biostimulant deriving from plant extract on olive tree”

4:50

Q&A Session

5:10

Closing of Webinar

Chair

5:30

Registration | Live Session

Welcome! You are invited to join in IECHo 2022 | Live Session.

It is totally free to attend. You only need to register for the live session you want to join in. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards.

IECHo 2022I Non-conventional approaches to maintain postharvest quality: 26/04/2022 16:00
IECHo 2022I Trends for future horticulture: 27/04/2022 16:00

Recordings

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Conference Secretariat

Ms. Canna Ren
Ms. Kira Yang
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing

E-Mail: iecho2022@mdpi.com

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the conference secretariat.

Call for Submssions

Call for Submssions

Dear scientists, researchers, and authors,

We are pleased to announce that the 1st International Electronic Conference on Horticulturae(IECHo), chaired by Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández and Prof. Dr.José Antonio Pascual, will be held online from 16 to 30 April 2022.

This free e-conference aims to provide leading scientists working in the field of horticulture with a robust common platform on which to share and discuss the latest research and to promote the advancement of this exciting and rapidly changing field. We hope to encourage discovery across the discipline as we cover the following 9 sessions:

Innovative Urban Horticulture for a Sustainable World

Organic Horticulture

New Trends and Innovations in Medicinals, Herbs, and Specialty Crops

New Trends on Horticultural Plant Propagation

Plant Nutrition

The Contribute of Developmental Physiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology to Productivity and Quality

Outreach, Extension, and Education on Horticulture Advances

Fruit Production Systems

Postharvest Challenges and Technologies

During the days of the conference, the IECHo will allow you to share your papers, posters, and presentations (including videos) worldwide, making your work available for the audience to read and provide comments in addition to sharing ideas on the discussed topics. After the conference, all accepted papers will be published within a dedicated issue of the MDPI journal biology and life sciences forum. In addition, all participants will be encouraged to submit a full paper to be considered for publication in the Horticulturae, with a 20% discount on the publication fees.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 18 December 2021. For accepted abstracts, the full paper should be submitted by 14 February 2022. The conference itself will be held from 16-30 April 2022.

We hope that you will be able to join this exciting event which is organized and sponsored by MDPI and the Horticulturae.

Paper Submission Guidelines:

For information about the procedure for submission, peer-review, revision and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section "Instructions for Authors".



Chairs

Prof. Dr. Juan A. Fernández is Vegetable Crops Professor at the Technical University of Cartagena Department of Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain

DETAILS
Bio
He has been working from the beginning of his research activity on the introduction and development of techniques for the production of new horticultural and ornamental species. Currently, he has focused his research activities on the innovative horticulture practices for sustainable and efficient vegetable crops production and on the recovery and molecular characterization of neglected crops. He is currently an Editorial Board member of the Agronomy and Horticulturae journals and Guest Editor in several Special Issues of both journals. He has organized four prestigious international congresses under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). His research work is notable for his numerous publications, with more than 130 articles in journals indexed in the SCOPUS database.
Email
juan.fernandez@upct.es

Senior Researcher at CSIC, Micronadir CEO and previously CEO of Microgaia Biotech. CEBAS-CSIC, Group of Soil Enzimology and Biorremediation and Organic Wastes, Campus de Espinardo

DETAILS
Bio
Design of composting processes related to specific functionalities such as biopesticide, biostimulants and / or biofertilizer improvement; by the selection of specific suitable raw materials and through the isolation and inoculation of beneficial microorganisms related to the above functionalities has been his main research topic. Horticulture crop effect by using functional compost, as organic amendment or soilless growing media constituive, have been also deeply study. The use of molecular techniques such as real-time PCR techniques, digital PCR and currently through massive sequencing (NGS) are one of the relevant techniques that have been used for studying rizosphere interaction. From his research, more than 80 publication in the Science Citation Index demonstrates his relevant contribution to understand the important effect of organic matter on crops under mediterranean conditions (http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7485-1092). He has participated in more than 100 international congress, been organizer of some international and national congress, supervising 8 PhD thesis with a total cites (Google Scholar) of 5456. His citation average in the last five years has been 507. His Total Google Scholar H index has been 40 and for the last 5 years has been 31.
Email
jpascual@cebas.csic.es

Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China

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Bio
Horticultural products differ from cereal crops in that horticultural products provide more secondary metabolites and antioxidants that are beneficial for human health. He has been working from the beginning of his research activity on mining of the genes for important horticultural traits in tomato. With increasing consumer demands for taste, nutrition, and healthy antioxidant from horticultural product, he with his colleagues uses GWAS to identify the genes responsible for fruit nutrition (vitamin C), flavor (malate, sugar), and carotenoid. Currently, he has focused his research activities on gene underlying the fruit taste and nutrition and development of gene markers for molecular breeding of tomato. He is currently an Editorial Board member of the Horticulturae journal and Guest Editor in two Special Issues of the journal. He has organized two international symposiums on horticultural plant biology. His research work is notable for his numerous publications, with more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Email
yyzhang@mail.hzau.edu.cn

Committee

Department of Fruit Trees Sciences, Institute of Plant Sciences, ARO, The Volcani Center, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Isreal

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Email
vhasadka@volcani.agri.gov.il

University of Bonn, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Division of Horticultural Sciences, Auf dem Hügel 6, 53121 Bonn, Germany

DETAILS
Research Keywords
controlled environment agriculture; grafting, growing media; mycorrhiza; product quality of fruit and vegetables; protected cultivation; soilless culture; stress physiology; sustainable horticulture; vegetables
Email
ngruda@uni-bonn.de

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante, via Amendola 165/A, 70126 Bari, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
Plant Pathology; soil-borne plant pathogens; beneficial microbes; soil microbiome; biological control; plant-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions; functional genomics; transcriptomics; Metagenomics
Email
giovanni.bubici@ipsp.cnr.it

Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen (AGIS), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Shenzhen 518120, China

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Research Keywords
population genomics and breeding of Horticultural crops by combining genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, phenomics, environmental variables and machine learning
Email
zhouyongfeng@caas.cn

Chemistry Department, Universitat de Lleida, 25198 Lleida, Spain,
AGROTÈCNIO-CERCA Center, 25198 Lleida, Spain

DETAILS
Research Keywords
cuticle; cell wall; flavor; fruit ripening; fruit quality; postharvest biology and technology of fruit; fruit cuticles as modulators of post harvest quality
Email
isabel.lara@udl.cat

Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Algarve, Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

DETAILS
Bio
mantunes@ualg.pt
Research Keywords
development of postharvest technologies to improve storage life of agricultural commodities, which keep the quality and food safety and minimize the environmental impact; intrusive and non-destructive methods for fresh food quality evaluation
Email
mantunes@ualg.pt

Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-industrielle, LCA, Université de Toulouse, INRA, F 31030 Toulouse, France,
Département génie Biologique, IUT A, Université Paul Sabatier, 31077 Toulouse, France

DETAILS
Research Keywords
plant physiology; plant breeding; abiotic stress; bioactive accumulation; essential oils; biofertilizers; cereals; oilseed crop; legumes; vegetables
Email
othmane.merah@toulouse-inp.fr

Department of Postharvest Science, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center, 68 HaMakkabbim Road, P.O. Box 15159, Rishon LeZiyyon 7505101, Israe

DETAILS
Research Keywords
pathology; physiology; shelf-life; postharvest disease; fruit; vegetables; nutritional values
Email
Carmit.Ziv@volcani.agri.gov.il

Department of Pomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

DETAILS
Research Keywords
pomology; biodiversity; sustainable growing; berry fruits; fruit quality
Email
bduralija@agr.hr

Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Volos 38446, Greece

DETAILS
Research Keywords
greenhouse climate control; transpiration; fertigation management; hydroponics; aquaponics; circularity in horticulture
Email
nkatsoul@uth.gr

Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia, 120 Carlton Street Athens, GA 30602, USA

DETAILS
Research Keywords
Plant pathogen biology; epidemiology, and integrated disease management; Diseases of fruit and vegetable crops and their control
Email
scherm@uga.edu

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences - DISTAL, University of Bologna, viale Fanin 44, 40127 Bologna, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
grapevine physiology; berry ripening; phenolic maturity; sustainable management techniques; precision viticulture; climate change; vineyard mechanization
Email
gianluca.allegro2@unibo.it

Department of Crop Production and Agri-technology, Murcia Institute of Agri-Food Research and Development (IMIDA), C/Mayor s/n, 30150 Murcia, Spain

DETAILS
Research Keywords
crop physiology; abiotic stress tolerance; plant mineral nutrition; plant production systems; product quality
Email
franciscom.delamor@carm.es

Institution of Genomics and Bioinformatics, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
ecological genomics; conservation genomics and comparative genomics of tropical horticultural plants
Email
lgao@mail.kib.ac.cn

College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang 310058, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
fruit germplasm resources; physiology and molecular biology of fruit trees; phylogeny and cultivar development of fruit trees; breeding and cultivation of fruit trees
Email
ywteng@zju.edu.cn

Department of Vegetable Crops, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Von-Lade-Str. 1, D-65366 Geisenheim, Germany

DETAILS
Research Keywords
plant water relations; irrigation research; plant-based sensor systems; climate impact research
Email
Jana.Zinkernagel@hs-gm.de

Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
postharvest; fruit; disease; pathology; mycotoxin
Email
bqli@ibcas.ac.cn

College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Agri-Food Processing, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
post-harvested food biology; food safety, food processing; nutraceuticals; food waste valorization; food for health
Email
tarungbpihed@gmail.com

University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture, Department for Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nemanjina 6, 11080 Belgrade, Serbia

DETAILS
Research Keywords
phytochemistry; structural characterization of natural products; analytical methods; biological activity of natural compounds; food chemistry; food quality and safety
Email
jelenadj@agrif.bg.ac.rs

College of Horticultural Science, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
fruit germplasm resources; stress physiology and molecular biology of fruit trees
Email
rschan@cau.edu.cn

Department of Plant Nutrition, Center of Edaphology and Applied Biology of Segura, 30100 Murcia, Spain

DETAILS
Research Keywords
plant nutrition; fertilization; abiotic stress; trees, horticultural plants; irrigation; hydroponic system
Email
fgs@cebas.csic.es

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University, Via Brecce Bianche, 2-8, 60131 Ancona, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
chitosan; essential oils, gray mold; postharvest decay; seedborne pathogens
Email
g.romanazzi@staff.univpm.it

College of Horticulture, State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, Jiangsu, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
germplasm collection and evaluation of fruit tree; genomics on domestication and improvement of fruit tree; molecular and genetic mechanism of fruit trait; marker assisted breeding of fruit tree
Email
wujun@njau.edu.cn

Department of Horticulture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
carotenoids in tomato; glucosinolates in Brassica vegetables; quality and safety of vegetable products; chemical regulation; metabolic engineering
Email
qmwang@zju.edu.cn

State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang 550081, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
karst ecology; plant electrophysiological information; inorganic carbon and nitrogen assimilation; plant tissue culture; plant stress physiology
Email
wuyanyou@mail.gyig.ac.cn

Laboratory of Fruit Crop Biotechnology, College of Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
strawberries; Fragaria germplasm resources; molecular biology of fruit crops; protected cultivation of fruit crops; cultivation techniques; biofumigation; botanicals
Email
qiaoyushan@njau.edu.cn

College of Agriculture and Food Science, Zhejiang A&F University, Hangzhou 311300, China

DETAILS
Research Keywords
glucosinolates in Brassica vegetables; stress physiology in vegetable crops; plant nutrition in vegetable crops
Email
zhuzj@zafu.edu.cn

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Viale Fanin, 42, 40127, Bologna, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
fruit postharvest fungal diseases; antagonists; biological control
Email
alessand.difrancesc3@unibo.it

Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe 6578501, Japan

DETAILS
Research Keywords
epigenetics; heterosis; vernalization; Brassica
Email
leo@people.kobe-u.ac.jp

Institute of Natural Resource Sciences, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Grüentalstrasse 14, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland

DETAILS
Research Keywords
aquaponics; hydroponics; bioponics; soil independent cultivation technologies; wastewater-fed aquaculture
Email
jura@zhaw.ch

Department of Experimental Biology, Palacky University, 783 71 Olomouc, Czech Republic

DETAILS
Research Keywords
metabolomics; biologically active compounds; secondary metabolites
Email
jiri.gruz@gmail.com

College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, PO Box 1555, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Research Keywords
waste utilisation; plant bioactives; cereal science; postharvest; novel technologies
Email
c.stathopoulos@uaeu.ac.ae

Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Akademicka 19, 20-033 Lublin, Poland

DETAILS
Research Keywords
plant physiology; plant response to abiotic and biotic stress factors; metal phytotoxicity; enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidants; secondary metabolites; photosynthesis
Email
agnieszka.hanaka@mail.umcs.pl

CREA-Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, 00178 Rome, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
food quality; bioactive compounds; antioxidants; nutrition; metabolism; foods; biodiversity; sustainability; bioavailability; beverages; meat; biorefinery; vegetable; fish; fibre; fatty acids; milk; cereals; food composition database; natural product
Email
massimo.lucarini@crea.gov.it

CREA-Research Centre for Food and Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, 00178 Rome, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
natural products; bioactive compounds; antioxidants; food quality; nutrition; food composition databases; dietary supplements; herbs; botanicals; natural substances databases; synthesis; bioavailability, metabolic pathways
Email
alessandra.durazzo@crea.gov.it

Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 5 90128 Palermo, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
crop eco-physiology; plant hormones; protected cultivation; hydroponics; mineral nutrition of vegetable crops; plant growth-promoting microorganisms; abiotic stresses; postharvest; vegetable quality; hygienic safety of vegetables
Email
alessandro.miceli@unipa.it

Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy

DETAILS
Research Keywords
horticulture; floriculture; plant protection; sustainable agriculture; plant biostimulants; phytohormones; postharvest; fruit quality
Email
alessandra.moncada@unipa.it

Invited Speakers

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DiSTeBA) Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy

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Bio
Degree in Agricultural Science with top score, Ph.D. in Crop and Fruit Trees Science (curriculum Propagation), University of Pisa. Post Doc in Japan (twice) in the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB), Okazaki, in the lab directed by Prof. M. Nishimura, and at The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, in the Dr. S.M. Smith's lab. Chair Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy from November 1st, 2002. Member of the Editorial board of Biology and Plants; from January 2022 Editor in Chief of Horticulturae. Author of over 100 scientific publications. Main scientific interests: enzymes of the glyoxylate cycle; intracellular localization of aconitase isoforms; carbohydrates and control of gene expression; genetics of plant species such as olive trees and wheat; Xylella fastidiosa as olive tree pest and selection of tolerant olive varieties; heavy metal uptake and translocation in plants; plant phenolic compounds and volatiles.
Email
luigi.debellis@unisalento.it

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy

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Bio
PhD on horticulture, associate Professor of Vegetable and ornamental crops Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (DAFE)- University of Pisa from 2017. My main research activity is related on soilless crops, irrigation and fertilisation automation systems, food quality and biofortification of vegetable crops, development of Decision Support System for increase the water and nutrient use efficiency. I had created with some colleagues some software to increase the water nutrient efficiency (CAL-FERT and GREEN-FERT), to promote the soilless culture technique (Hydrotools), some of these in 5 different languages (Nutrient Solution Calculator and Fertilizer calculator). I was the scientific responsible of some national and regional research projects. I got 90 peer review publications, with an h-index =20, and total number of citations of 1045. More information on: Orcid ID: 0000-0001-9994-763X Researchgate ID: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luca_Incrocci Scopus Author ID: 57201973756
Email
Luca.incrocci@unipi.it

Department of Crop Science, Agricultural University of Athens Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece

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Bio
Dimitrios Savvas was born in Ioannina, Greece in 1961. He was awarded a Diploma in Agriculture from the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) in 1985 and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Bonn, Germany, in 1992. From 1996 to 2006 he was affiliated with the Technological Educational Institution of Epirus. Since 2006 he is a Professor at the Department of Crop Science of the Agricultural University of Athens. Since October 2016 he is the Director of the Laboratory of Vegetable Production and, since September 2019, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Plant Sciences. He specializes in soilless culture, plant nutrition, water management, and applied stress physiology with emphasis on salinity and greenhouse crops. He has published over 110 papers in refereed international scientific journals and many other papers in congress proceedings (Acta Hort.) and as book chapters. He has an h-index of 26 in Scopus and 1980 hetero-citations of his publications (updated December 2021). According to the bibliographic classification of Baas J, Boyack K, Ioannidis JPA. (2021): Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators” conducted by Stanford University for Elsevier (https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/3), Professor Savvas ranks within the top 2% of scientists worldwide in his scientific field. He has been involved in many EU research projects, either as coordinator or as a member of the research team. In the last 5 years, in addition to several national research projects, he has been the coordinator of the AUA team in the European research projects LEGUME FUTURES (FP7, coordinator for AUA), EUROLEGUME (FP7, coordinator for AUA), TOMRES (HORIZON2020), TRUE (HORIZON2020) and VEGADAPT (PRIMA) and member of the research team in the H2020 Project RADIANT. A detailed CV of Dimitrios Savvas is accessible at: http://www.ekk.aua.gr/index.php?sec=members&item=4&doc=2).
Email
dsavvas@aua.gr

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences (DSA3) – University of Perugia

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Bio
EDUCATION 2011 Graduated in Agricultural Science with full marks and honours. 2017 PhD graduation. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES From 2021 Fixed term researcher at Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences UNIPG PUBLICATIONS Research activity, documented by about 90 papers (ORCID ID 0000-0001-6639-4637, Scopus 51 papers, 639 citations, h-index 18), published in international and national journals and books SCIENTIFIC TOPICS eco-physiology and efficiency of fruit tree species; impact of abiotic stresses on olive trees; valorization of olive-oil by-products; LCA and CO2 sequestration in olive tree groves; olive tree biofortification; micropropagation SOME OF THE SCIENTIFIC HONOURS 2018 - First award “Antico Fattore” – Accademia dei Georgofili Firenze for the paper “Long term amendment with fresh and composted solid olive mill waste on olive grove affects carbon sequestration by prunings, fruits and soil”. 2015 - First Young researcher award “Giornate Tecniche SOI 2015” for the paper “Substrati innovativi per l’allevamento dell’olivo in contentitore: effetti sull’attività vegetativa e sul microbiota del suolo”. 2013 - Special mention “Linfaˢ - Fondazione Italiana Accenture e Fondazione Collegio delle Università Milanesi - for the project "BIO-COMPOST". REFEREE/EDITOR FOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS AND JOURNALS Referee and Editor forseveral international scientific journals. CONGRESS AND MEETING ORGANIZATION/CHAIRMAN Organizer/chairman of national and international congress MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES Accademia Nazionale dell’Olivo e dell’Olio - Italian Horticultural Society (SOI) and International Society for Horticultural Science: ISHS
Email
luca.regni@unipg.it

Department of Postharvest Science, Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Volcani Center, 68 HaMakkabbim Road, P.O. Box 15159, Rishon LeZiyyon 7505101, Israe

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Bio
Carmit Ziv completed her PhD. in Plant Protection at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and continued as a Post-doctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Currently Dr. Ziv is a researcher at the Department of Postharvest Science, ARO and the head of the laboratory for Postharvest pathology of vegetables. Her research interest is Postharvest disease control of vegetables; Environment-friendly treatments to control postharvest fungal rot; Tolerant mechanisms of phytopathogenic fungi to low temperatures during cold storage. The effect of altered fruit composition during ripening on fungal pathogenicity; Lipid metabolism affecting the interactions between fruits and pathogenic fungi during storage. The effect of plant viruses on postharvest performance of vegetables.
Email
Carmit.ziv@agri.gov.il

University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica, Faculty of Agriculture, Serbia

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Bio
Zoran S. Ilic was born in Kosovska Mitrovica (Serbia) 1963. He received his doctorate in 1993 from the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad. He became a full professor at the Faculty of Agriculture in Prishtina at 2004. He has published 6 books and important chapters in 7 prominent scientific books and monographs of international importance. He has published over 270 scientific papers (34 of which are on the SCI list). He spent a long time in Israel on postdoctoral studies. He is a reviewer in 65 international journals. He is the mentor of 3 doctoral dissertations, 2 master's theses and a number of master's and diploma theses. He is a member of the commission for the defense of master's and doctoral dissertations in South Africa. He is married and the father of four children.
Email
zoran.ilic63@gmail.com

Laboratory of Vegetable Crops, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece

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Bio
Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Viticulture. He is specialized in issues related to plant physiology, postharvest physiology and handling of horticultural crops, innovative cultivation practices and technologies (grafting, hydroponics, PFAL, biostimulants) for vegetables production and seedlings quality. He has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, and he has participated in several national and EU research projects.
Email
thankou@agro.auth.gr

Plant Pathology, University of Udine, Italy

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Bio
Alessandra Di Francesco completed her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 2015 at Bologna University with the thesis ‘Aureobasidium pullulans as biological control agent: modes of action’ and she was a post doc until 2021. Alessandra has 10 years of experience in academic research in plant pathology, postharvest diseases, and biological control methods, gaining experience in these sectors. She published 32 publications in SCI Journals (during 2014-2022), 25 as first author (588 citations; h index 13, based on Scopus) and two patents. Since 2022, Alessandra started to work as senior researcher in Plant pathology at Udine University.
Email
alessandra.difrancesco@uniud.it

Instructions for Authors

submission information

Submission

Submissions should be made by authors online by registering with www.sciforum.net, and using the "New Submission" function once logged into the system.

Note: Please submit the abstract with the institutional email address, the submissions with the email addresses like gmail.com, 163.com, hotmail.com, qq.com etc. will not be reviewed.

Scholars interested in participating in the conference can submit their abstract (about 200–300 words) online on this website until 18 December 2021.

The Conference Committee will notify the acceptance of the abstract by 14 January 2022.

In case of acceptance, authors will be asked to submit their manuscript and an accompanying presentation, with the option to include a video presentation of their paper, before the submission deadline of 14 February 2022.

The manuscripts and presentations will be available on sciforum.net for discussion and rating during the time of the conference, from 16–30 April 2022.

The open access journal Horticulturae will publish a Special Issue of the conference proceedings papers (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/horticulturae/special_issues/International_ElectronicConference).

All accepted extended abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum (ISSN: 2673-9976, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/blsf).

After the conference, the Conference Committee will recommend manuscripts that may be included for publication in the Special Issue.

Proceedings Papers

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

First page:

Title

Full author names

Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses

Abstract

Keywords

Introduction

Methods

Results and Discussion

Conclusions

(Acknowledgments)

References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables, and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.

Presentation of Posters

Authors that wish to present a poster only, i.e., without a proceedings paper, can do so in Session 10 (Posters). Posters will be available on the conference website during and after the event. As with papers presented at the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without a paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in.

Accepted File Formats

MS Word: Manuscripts prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Horticulturae Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame, as this can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.

LaTeX: Manuscripts prepared in LaTeX must be collated into one ZIP folder (include all source files and images so that the Conference Secretariat can recompile the submitted PDF). When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the provided LaTeX template file.

Manuscript Preparation

Paper Format: Papers should be in A4 paper format, with a printing area of 17.5 cm × 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).

Formatting/Style: Papers should be prepared following the style of Horticulturae. The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets and placed before the punctuation; for example, [1,2], [3] or [1–3]. All the references should be listed separately in full detail as the last section at the end of the manuscript.

Author List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle names can be added. For papers written by various contributors, a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information, including city, zip code, state/province and country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties who provided only minor contributions should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.

Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full-color graphics will be published free of charge. Figures and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and an explanatory title must be added. Tables should be numbered, titled and inserted into the main text. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.

For further inquiries, please contact us at iecho2022@mdpi.com.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under the "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright

MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

List of accepted submissions (40)

Id Title Authors Poster PDF
sciforum-052073 Distinguishing Pickled and Fresh Cucumber Slices Using Digital Image Processing and Machine Learning , , N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-052107 Evaluation of the postharvest quality of lacto-fermented radish using innovative discriminative models based on textures of images

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Submitted: 30 Sep 2021

Abstract: Show Abstract
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sciforum-052226 Zinc biofortification of hydroponic mustard microgreens grown under different red and blue LED lighting ratios , , , , Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-053074 Raman spectroscopy as a useful tool in nutritional determination and distinction of Allium species , , , , , , N/A Show Abstract
sciforum-053119 Assessment of calcium content in pear fruits under storage after CaCl2 applications during pre and post-harvest phases , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Poster PDF Show Abstract

Event Awards

The Awards
Best Paper Award 500 CHF

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Paper Award will be presented to honor the paper that is judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference.
Best Poster Award 500 CHF

Number of Awards Available: 1

The Best Poster Award has been established to recognize the scientific merit exhibited in poster presentation and preparation.
Terms and Conditions:

Best Paper Award

As a sponsor, Horticulturae would like to present an award for the best paper, as determined by the conference committee. The award will consist of 500 Swiss Francs. We look forward to reviewing your contributions.

Best Paper Award Criteria

Only full papers submitted to IECHo 2021 will be considered. Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Originality/novelty of the paper;
Significance of content;
Scientific soundness;
Interest to the readers;
English language and style.
Evaluation

Each Evaluation Committee member will assess each entry in terms of the criteria outlined above;
Total scores for each presentation will be ranked, from highest to lowest;
If two or more authors get the same score, further evaluation will be carried out;
All decisions made by the Evaluation Committee are final.

Best Poster Award

As a sponsor, Horticulturae would like to grant an award (500 Swiss Francs) for the best poster presented at the conference. This prize will be determined by a jury and awarded to the best-designed poster presented at the conference.

Posters should have the following information:

Title (with authors and affiliations)
Introduction/Objectives/Aims
Methods
Results
Conclusion
References
Acknowledgments
Contact information
Evaluation

The chair will be invited to judge the quality of the posters. Presentations will be judged on how well they are able to summarize the content of the work and make the observer interested in viewing the poster. Posters will be judged on clarity quality of appearance.

Sponsors and Partners

Organizers

Presentation Panel

Evaluating the Effect of Biochar on Nutrient Leaching and Rice Growth in Disturbed and Undisturbed Soil-columns Exploring the involvement of Alternative respiratory pathway in Pisum sativum L. seed germination Integrated MultiTrophic Aquaponics-a promising strategy for cycling plant nutrients and minimizing water consumption
Assessment of the effect of outer membrane vesicles of endophytic bacteria on the growth and physiological response of Arabidopsis thaliana Spent Cultivation Substrate (SCS) Management in circular farming system Effects of Biostimulant Application on Growth Parameters of Lettuce Plants Grown under Deficit Irrigation Conditions
Ion-chromatographic fingerprinting of inorganic ions from bleeding sap in Vitis vinifera Plants as natural organic coagulant powders for winery wastewater treatment Can natural fortification increase Fe and Zn content in organically grown tomatoes?
Effect of microbial biostimulants and organic fertigation on nursery production of lettuce transplants Patent analysis of Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary): a medicinal plant as a source of natural products and drugs The effects of fertilization regime on growth parameters and bioactive properties of pot grown Cichorium spinosum L. plants
Antioxidants were efficient in reducing browning and increasing the shelf life in minimally processed arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza Bancroft) Assessment of calcium content in pear fruits under storage after CaCl2 applications during pre and post-harvest phases Mineral Interaction in Biofortified Tomatoes (Lycopersicum esculentum L.) with Magnesium

Monitorization of mineral content and location after 3 months of storage of naturally enriched potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) with Calcium Fertilization with ZnO and ZnSO 4 : Mineral analyses in Vitis vinifera grapes cv. Fernão Pires LED lighting in vertical farming systems enhances bioactive compounds and productivity of vegetables crops

The effect of fertilization regime on growth parameters of Sonchus oleraceus and two genotypes of Portulaca oleracea The response of drought-stressed green pea (Pisum sativum L.) to boron nanoparticle application The contribution of impact damage to the quality changes of stored banana fruits
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