Vegetable Grafting Science, Commercial and Consumer Practice, and Education in the U.S. Now and Later

A Workshop to be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, 1:45pm-3:15pm at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS; July 30 – August 3, 2018; Washington, D.C.; http://www.ashs.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1024497

Co-sponsored by the ASHS Vegetable Crops Management (VCM) and Computer Applications in Horticulture (COMP) Professional Interest Groups

Planning Committee: R. Arancibia, X. Zhao, B. Ward, P. Perkins-Veazie, R. Hassell, C. Kubota, and M.D. Kleinhenz

Workshop Description

Purpose: Tens of millions of grafted solanaceous and cucurbit vegetable plants are prepared by hand or with machine assistance each year in the U.S. and used in horticultural education, home production, or commercially (greenhouse, high tunnel, and field). For fruiting vegetable growers, grafting can speed the delivery of important root-based traits, especially disease and abiotic stress resistance/tolerance and vigor, to farms and gardens. Fruit produced by grafted plants may also have improved quality over fruit from the same ungrafted scion. For propagators and plant retailers, grafting is an opportunity to increase and/or diversify income. For scientists, grafting opens a large number of hypotheses collectively spanning the fundamental to applied spectrum. For grower-advisors, grafting offers a promising technology while still needing careful study. For educators, grafting can be useful in units focused on genetics, development, physiology, mineral nutrition and water relations, horticultural techniques, and other topics. This workshop is designed to: a) provide a comprehensive update on the state of vegetable grafting science and application in the U.S., and b) create an atmosphere where individuals and teams learn how vegetable grafting can provide additional value in horticultural research, practice (business), and education. Approach: This workshop is set up in 3 parts. First, 10-12 synopses, each three minutes long, containing no more than two slides total, and collectively covering grafted plant preparation (beginning with rootstock-scion selection), use, and evaluation, will be shared by researchers and educators. Next, a moderated group-wide discussion will demonstrate how participants can immediately gain and contribute to the science and practice of vegetable grafting. Finally, a supplementary, interactive, multimedia, and hands-on session will demonstrate and portray hand and machine assisted vegetable grafting techniques. Outcomes: Workshop participants will gain: a) greater familiarity with the U.S.-based vegetable grafting-related scientific and industry community; b) a shared understanding of the current application of vegetable grafting in commercial and consumer horticulture and education; c) up-to-date information on current and emerging vegetable grafting-related hypotheses, experiments, recommendations, resources, and techniques; and d) foundations for plans representing independent and collaborative efforts to follow up on insights gained during the workshop.

Here, the Planning Committee invites research, extension, education, and industry professionals and students experienced with vegetable grafting to submit abstracts of presentations for possible inclusion among the 10-12 synopses comprising half of Part 1 of the workshop. Part 1 of the workshop will last ninety minutes, with half devoted to oral presentations and half devoted to moderated discussion.

The presentation format is Three Minute Thesis (https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/) style. Therefore, presentations will be limited to three minutes in length (strictly enforced) and one slide. Presentations: a) should focus on a current or future issue or opportunity in the application of vegetable grafting within a scientific, extension, education, or commercial context and b) cannot duplicate other given by the same team during regular oral or poster sessions. Presenters must be an ASHS Annual Meeting 2018 registrant. Abstracts cannot exceed 500 words and must be submitted using the portal below no later than 11:59 PM EST June 22, 2018. Please include the presentation title as the first line in the abstract field. Successful applicants will be notified by July 6, 2018 and must confirm their commitment to the workshop by July 10, 2018. Abstracts selected for presentation will be uploaded to the ASHS conference website after speaker confirmation. Presenting authors and workshop audience participants are encouraged to develop manuscripts, proposals, and other documents and resources based on workshop presentations and discussion.

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