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Tuesday, October 30, 2018




07:00 - 07:45 Accreditation
07:45 - 08:00 Welcome Blueberries Consulting
08:00 - 08:30 Development of the European market, trends and business forecasts. Hans Liekens

Commercial Manager EMEA

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery

08:30 - 09:00 Main international blueberry markets: dynamics and skills. Federico Beltran

General Manager

Terra Business SAC

09:00 - 09:45 Blueberry genetic improvement in the world: Progress, difficulties and opportunities. James hancock

Professor Emeritus

Dept. of Horticulture Michigan State Univ.

09:45 - 10:35 Coffee Break
10:35 - 10:50 Round of questions
10:50 - 11:20 Building a Global Blueberry Breeding Program: The Berry Blue LLC Experience. James hancock

Professor Emeritus

Dept. of Horticulture Michigan State Univ.

11:20 - 11:55 Genetic breeding in tall bush blueberry: who is doing it and what are the challenges and purposes of a public breeding program. Chad Finn

Research Geneticist

US Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Research Service

11:55 - 12:40 Hydroponic production in blueberries: Key aspects of management, criteria to consider, monitoring and control of the crop. María del Carmen Salas

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

researcher and

PhD professor

University of Almería

12:40 - 13:30 Irrigation planning, estimation of water requirements and its relation to growth and development in blueberry plants. David Bryla

Research Horticulturist

US Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Research Service

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch.
14:30 - 14:50 Question Round
14:50 - 15:40 Factors to consider in the elaboration of nutritional programs to obtain quality blueberries. Practical cases. Juan Hirzel

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.


INIA International Consultant

15:40 - 16:30 Vegetable biostimulants, innovation for sustainable crop production. Patrick Du Jardin

Ing. Agr. Ph.D.

Plant Biology Unit

Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech University of Liège

16:30 - 17:10 Coffee Break
17:10 - 18:00 Foliar fertilization: Environmental, physiological and management factors that affect the permanence, penetration and translocation of nutrients. Heiner Goldbach

Ph.D. (Dr.rer.agr.)

Professor of Plant Nutrition

INRES - University of Bonn

18:00 - 18:50 Current and potential uses of growth regulators in blueberry production. Jorge Retamales

Ing. Agr. MS. Ph.D.

International Researcher and Consultant

18:50 - 19:20 Question Round
19:20 - 19:30 Closing of the Conference
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