Leading professionals in the field of postharvest research will convene in Rotorua, New Zealand in November this year, for the 9th ISHS International Postharvest Symposium.

Offering a diverse programme including interactive workshops, social events and field trips, the symposium will focus on the biological and technological postharvest research of fresh horticultural produce.

This will include discussion on postharvest storage, treatments and underpinning mechanisms, quality evaluation, and packaging, handling and distribution of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Professor Juliet Gerrard, chief science advisor to New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, will open the symposium as the first official keynote speaker. Her presentation will provide perspective on science and horticulture in New Zealand.

A visit to the Plant and Food Te Puke Research Centre, as well as a tour of Hobbiton, also features on the programme.