Experts in soil science and plant production at UP Combined Congress

Posted on January 27, 2011

The congress was officially opened by the UP Vice-Chancellor, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, followed by keynote addresses by four experts in the fields of soil science and plant production. Dr John Purchase delivered an address on “Science as the driver of the agro-food value chain” while Prof Martin Fey shared his insights on “The philosophy of soil science”. The third keynote address on the opening day was by Prof Jules Janick who shared some light on “Fruit breeding: past, present, and future” with Prof Gerhard Verdoorn who concluded the keynote addresses with his viewpoints on “Addressing the challenges of misinformation and anti-pesticide lobbying in South Africa”.

More than 300 delegates registered for the congress, of which more than 70 were students. Delegates came from all over the country, including from universities, research councils, industry, and from government departments.

After three days of interesting oral and poster presentations, the congress ended with a gala dinner where the four societies handed out various awards such as for best paper and best poster presentations.

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