XII International ISHS-ProMusa Symposium on Banana
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XII International ISHS-ProMusa Symposium on Banana:

Healthy banana production systems for better livelihoods
19-24 October 2020 - Kunming, Yunnan, China

The symposium will be co-organized by Bioversity International
and hosted by Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (

The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. The decision highlights the importance of plant health to global food security, economic development, environmental and human health protection. Recognizing the impact that banana pests and diseases can have on the livelihoods of millions of people, the International Society for Horticultural Science and ProMusa are joining forces with the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in organizing the XII International Symposium on Banana, on the theme of Healthy banana production systems for better livelihoods.  The symposium will be held in Kunming, China, 19-24 October 2020.

The symposium will provide a platform for scientists and other stakeholders to exchange their latest research results and insights on important plant health-related topics, such as the prevention and management of new disease outbreaks, in particular Fusarium wilt tropical race 4 (TR4), the use of the crop’s diversity and latest advances in breeding to deploy resistant cultivars in the fight against diseases, the integration of different management approaches at field and landscape level, the impact of various constraints and management responses in banana production on people’s livelihoods, and the exploration of novel post-harvest and marketing strategies.

The symposium will consist of:

· A two-day scientific conference, with keynote presentations and a selection of oral and poster presentations

· A half-day hands-on biosecurity training/workshop on the prevention and management of new disease outbreaks, with a special focus on Fusarium wilt TR4

· A half-day speed-dating event to connect young scientists with experienced scientists

· A three-day field trip to visit the YAAS and its partners research facilities

Sessions and keynote speakers

Opening session

Ganjun Yi, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Session 1: Preventing and managing outbreaks of emerging banana pests and diseases

Miguel Dita, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA) – Brazil

Session 2: Using banana diversity and crop improvement for managing pests and diseases

Uma Subbaraya, National Research Centre for Banana NRCB

Session 3: Integrating management approaches for a healthy banana crop

Qirong Shen, Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU)

Session 4: Assessing impact of production constraints and management responses on people’s livelihoods

Jianghui Xie, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science

Session 5: Exploring novel post-harvest, processing and marketing strategies for banana production systems affected by pests and diseases

Sijun Zheng, Bioversity International/Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Closing session

Tony Pattison, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries DAF

Call for abstracts

The symposium organizers invite authors to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation, on a topic related to the symposium overarching theme and linked to one of the sessions mentioned above.


Submit your abstract by email to the following address: IMPORTANT: Please be sure to put “Abstract submission” in the subject of your message and include your contact information in the footer or signature of your email message.

The abstract must follow the ISHS guidelines which you can find at: The abstract needs to be submitted as a Microsoft Word or other text file (no PDF). In the header of the Word file, please be sure to indicate to which theme your abstract pertains and whether you intend your paper for oral or poster presentation. Please note that all oral presentations will require the submission of a full paper, which will be published in a volume of Acta Horticulturae. If this is not agreed to by the author(s), the work can be presented as a poster.

Please note that young scientists are encouraged to participate. The ISHS presents two Young Minds Awards one for best oral and one for best poster for junior scientists.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2020

Review process

All submitted abstracts will go through a review process and authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted for poster or oral presentation. Accepted abstracts will be published on a USB key that will be distributed to the participants.

Abstracts will initially be prescreened by the Scientific Committee to make sure that they conform to the symposium theme as well as to the session to which they are submitted; no abstract will be considered unless it goes through this first step.

After the prescreening, the authors will be informed about how to submit their abstract(s) to the ISHS via the online interface. If you are already a member of ISHS, the submission charge is waived as part of your membership benefits and you will be prompted to verify your contact details. If you are not a current member of the ISHS you will be required to pay a fee: €95 for European individual (€50 student) or €80 non-European individual (€40 student) before submitting your abstract on-line. By paying this fee you will either activate a new ISHS user account or reactivate your existing user account. You will then be entitled to register to the symposium at the reduced \'ISHS member\' rate.

Please consult the ISHS Membership Categories page for more details on ISHS membership.

You may read more about abstract submission on the symposium website.


Registration is open. For fees and details, please go to the registration page on the symposium website.

Registration fees

Registration fee includes: admission to the full scientific program, conference materials, lunches and dinners and a copy of the Acta Horticulturae proceedings (once it is published).

Field trip

A three-day field trip is planned. For details, please visit the field trip page on the symposium website.

Symposium website:

Contact: Karen Lehrer (