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Horticulture WoGr

Horticulture – lead Brian Thomas, Eckhard George

Green Paper here: comments to Marina Korn by 18th November.

Last activity:

  • EPSO: Horticultural Research in Europe – to 2020 and beyond, Draft White Paper, 11.9.2014
  • EPSO: Workshop 'Horticulture for the 21st Century' was held in 11-12th November 2013 in Berlin, DE
  • Input on horticulture to research programmes; Developing a white paper on “Importance of Horticultural Research”; Discussing concepts for links in horticultural research beyond Europe; Preparing a workshop on the “Importance of Horticultural Research – Potential Interaction and Support”; Contacting horticultural industry for involvement in the Technology Platform ‘Plants for the Future’.

Horticultural products (from fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants) play a major role in modern society and economy as important components of traditional food, and are central to healthy diets of modern urban population. In addition, ornamental plants have high cultural values for Europeans, and urban greening is considered an important part of city quality of life.

Horticultural products have a large share in agricultural production values in all European countries and horticulture is an important employment sector in rural areas, often with a major share of the staff with less formal education. 

Horticultural production is diverse and very innovative in land use, but most annual crops are not receiving EU-subsidies. Horticultural plants have been neglected both in biological and in applied research, and horticultural research across Europe is fragmented. The European horticultural industry, mainly small and medium enterprises, would highly benefit from coordinated research.

EPSO has established this working group to discuss options to boost research in this area, contributing to even more innovation in this sector.

WG members

Erik Alexandersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Alnarp, SE
Sjaak Bakker,WUR, NL
Teodoro Cardi, IT
Mathilde Causse, University of Warwick, UK
Anja Dieleman, Wageningen University , NL                                
Eckhard George, Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), DE
Rob Hancock, James Hutton, UK
Silke Hemming, WUR, NL
Katrin Kahlen, HS Geisenheim Univ, DE
Marina Korn, IGZ, DE
François Laurens, INRA, FR
Karin Metzlaff, EPSO
Reto Neuweiler, Agroscope, CH
Carl-Otto Ottosen, Dept. of Food Sciences, Aarhus Univ, DK
Soren K. Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen, DK
Uli Schurr, Phytosphere Julich, DE
Brian Thomas, School of Life Sciences, Univ of Warwick, UK
Alexander Vainstein, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL
Giannina Vizzotto, Università degli Studi di Udine, IT


Dany Bylemans, PCFruit, BE
Bruno Gobin, PCS, PCG, BE
Peter Lootens, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Melle,BE 
Frank Millenaar, BASF, NL 
Jose Vogelezang, Topsector Horticulture & Starting materials, Den Haag, NL



More members and contributions are most welcome

Printed from on 09/12/18 10:08:30 PM

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