30th INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURE CONGRESS
As widely known Istanbul is the only city bridging two continents, Asia with Europe, in the world. The motto of IHC2018 is decided as ‘Bridging the World through Horticulture‘. It is heavily focused on research and innovation and will have training components related to various fields of Horticulture.
Soilless cultivation is an increasing practice in protected and recently also outdoors all over the world. Higher production and quality, prevention of the dispersal of soil-borne pathogens and higher water and nutrient use efficiencies are the main advantages of soilless cultivation. Although the two main types of soilless cultivation are water culture and substrate culture, there are many different techniques under both types like plant factory and vertical farming etc. Organic agriculture and soilless cultivation come closer, and vegetable grown in soilless culture by using organic fertilizers can be certified as organic in some countries. Bio-fertilizers and microorganisms in soilless systems has also become popular in recent years. Scientists think that plant production could be possible on other planets hydroponically. Symposium aims to discuss changes in soilless cultivation from the past up to now and needs for achieving sustainability in soilless cultivation. The world-wide scientific and technical advances will be presented and shared between researchers, growers, industry and end-users. The meeting will cover worldwide impacts of soilless systems including water, nutrient and energy use efficiencies, using of bio and organic fertilizers, environmental impacts, growing media, automation, quality and nutritional aspects of soilless grown products for the consumers, socio-economics and markets. This Symposium aims to create possible research collaborations for further synergies. The main outcome will be identified knowledge gaps and proposed research methods, in order to close these gaps.