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The Australian Banana Industry Congress will bring together more than 450 members of the industry including banana growers, researchers, representatives from the supply chain and retailers, as a host of other key groups critical to the Australian banana industry ecosystem.
The event will cover the latest in research and development and industry news. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of that conversation!
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
The congress program is subject to change.
Integrated pest and disease management
The future of IPDM in bananas
Kathy Grice, David East & Richard Piper
Insect sanctuaries for Beneficial Predators and Parasites in Bananas
Extension – The value of putting grower collaboration at the heart of project design and delivery.
Bunch pest management, investigating practices to maximise efficacy and stewardship of registered chemistries
Progress in banana diagnostics and disease detection
Keeping bananas healthy
Novel assay to detect Ralstonia solanacearum causing Moko disease in banana
A lateral flow immunoassay for the in-field detection of banana bunchy top virus
BBTV-infected plants are infectious earlier than previously thought!
Improved varieties for Australian banana growers
Identifying Sources of Resistance to Fusarium Wilt
New varieties for Australian banana growers
Are we approaching Goldfinger’s golden era?
Pre-commercialisation Trials For New Banana Varieties – A Crucial Step in the Variety Development Pipeline
Enhancing agronomic and environmental sustainability
Phosphorus trial results and observations
Variation in nitrogen content in banana leaves
Direct and indirect effects of herbicide, on banana soil microbial diversity and function
Banana Yield Mapping
Minimising waste bananas
Banana supply chain monitoring and simulation identifies critical control points
Banana action plan: How to minimise food waste?
Exploring the Potential of Bananas as a Natural Source of Sleep- Inducing Compounds: Tryptophan and Melatonin
Reducing the impact of Tropical Race 4
EFS – suppression of TR4 is now possible
Woodchip amendment can alter banana soil microbial abundance and disease suppressive potential
Uncovering soil microbial interactions during the destruction of Panama disease infected banana plants
Tea and coffee stations open from 0730
A smart vision for a sustainable future: SMaRT technologies and MICROfactories™ creating sustainable materials and products from waste
International recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor revolutionising recycling science
Enjoy morning tea in the exhibition area and celebrate Banana BMP’s 10th birthday (Booth 41).
Understanding the customer and the current retail climate
Category Manager for Ripened Fruit, Woolworths
Managing Director, Australian Produce Partners
ABGC Supply Chain Engagement Manager
Moderated by Paul Inderbitzin, Congress Chair, ABGC Director and grower
Enjoy lunch in the exhibition area.
Science Poster Pitches
Consider this your crash course in Banana R&D.
A fast paced, dynamic session where banana researchers have just 60 seconds to update you on the work presented in their scientific posters.
Banana R&D Panel
Knowledge and challenges for the development of agroecology in the banana sector
Ecologist/agronomist, French Agricultural REsearch CEntre for International Development (CIRAD)
Tradeshow Exhibition Evening
Exhibition arena, Cairns Convention an Exhibition Centre
Tea and coffee stations open from 0730
ABGC Members-only Grower Meeting
*Pre-registration is required
Driving demand for the banana industry
Jane Smith, General Manager of Marketing, Hort Innovation, Gillian Reilly, Head of Consumer Marketing, Hort Innovation, Andre Krogh, Head of Customer Marketing, Hort Innovation
and Belinda Van Schaik, Marketing Manager, Hort Innovation
You too can Climb a Ladder! – to become a better parent, a better partner – a better YOU.
Enjoy lunch in the exhibition area
Innovation Panel & Closing ceremony
Advanced Data Analytics to Improve Environmental Performance
Gavin Devaney, (Innisfail Grower)
Dallas Gibb, Hitachi Vantara
Liam Southam-Rogers, Applied Horticultural Research
Banana Industry Ball and Awards of Honour
Auditorium A & D, Cairns Convention & Exhibition Centre