Carrot Symposium and trade show in York promises ‘taste of things to come’

Produce Business report

British Growers and the University of Warwick will host an International Symposium on Carrot and Other Apiaceae in October in York, bringing a “taste of things to come” to attendees.

The show, scheduled for 2nd October – Thursday 5th, is third such event in a series from the International Society for Horticulture and Science. Two previous shows have been held in Poland and France.

This one will feature two days of seminars and a large trade show, followed by a Carrot Demonstration Day that will highlight new and emerging carrot varieties and agronomy trials.

“We are so pleased that the UK has the opportunity to host this prestigious event,” says Jack Ward, CEO British Growers Association. “The event will be one not to be missed. We will have the platform to showcase the fantastic research that our universities, research urganisations and growers are involved in.”

Though they haven’t announced speakers, Professor Rosemary Collier of the University of Warwick says they have a bevy of scientific and technical sessions planned.

“We have had an excellent array of papers submitted, the research topics ranging from new approaches to crop production and crop protection (pests, diseases and weeds) to crop genetics/genomics and breeding focused on a number of different traits,” she says. “There will also be consideration of consumer preferences and impacts on their health.”

The Symposium, set in the beautiful city of York, also will feature dinners at The Guildhall and the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. A final Gala Dinner will take place at the York Racecourse, with an awards ceremony to follow.

Among the early sponsors are Elsom Seeds, Bejo and Vilmorin-Mikado. A list of exhibitors and registration details for the Symposium can be found at



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