British Tomato Conference 2013. Coventry, UK.

The TGA organization behind the British Tomato Conference: Phil Pearson (APS Salads), Rob Jackobson (RJ Consultancy), Nigel Bartle (North Bank Growers) and Julie Woolley and Phil Morley from the TGA.
The TGA organization behind the British Tomato Conference: Phil Pearson (APS Salads), Rob Jackobson (RJ Consultancy), Nigel Bartle (North Bank Growers) and Julie Woolley and Phil Morley from the TGA.
Paul van der Valk from Hortilux together with Bob Hunsche and Richard van Dijk from Van der Hoeven Horticultural projects.
Paul van der Valk from Hortilux together with Bob Hunsche and Richard van Dijk from Van der Hoeven Horticultural projects.
Andre van Dam from Certhon and Stef van Driel from Holland Plant
Andre van Dam from Certhon and Stef van Driel from Holland Plant
Samantha and Kalum Balasuriya from Botanicoir.
Samantha and Kalum Balasuriya from Botanicoir.
Impression of Wednesday nights' Champagne reception and conference dinner.
Impression of Wednesday nights' Champagne reception and conference dinner.
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Aromany toasting on the British tomato
Aromany toasting on the British tomato
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Team from Cornerways Nursery at Wednesday nights' Champagne reception and conference dinner.
Team from Cornerways Nursery at Wednesday nights' Champagne reception and conference dinner.
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Phil Morley from the TGA and Hugh Struth from Aston Horticulture.
Phil Morley from the TGA and Hugh Struth from Aston Horticulture.
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Dinner time.
Dinner time.
Nigle Bartle welcomed the TGA members and guests.
Nigle Bartle welcomed the TGA members and guests.
In between the starter and the main course, there was a speech from the UK's Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon.
In between the starter and the main course, there was a speech from the UK's Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon.
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Phil Pearson from APS Salads and Yvo Lens from Gautier Seeds.
Phil Pearson from APS Salads and Yvo Lens from Gautier Seeds.
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Stuart Lambert from Rijk Zwaan UK and Stef van Driel from Holland Plant.
Stuart Lambert from Rijk Zwaan UK and Stef van Driel from Holland Plant.
Rijk Zwaan UK sponsored the jazz ensemble.
Rijk Zwaan UK sponsored the jazz ensemble.
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Day two: ready for the conference
Day two: ready for the conference
At the trade show floor we spotted De Ruiter Seeds' Conchita: a well known variety on the UK market.
At the trade show floor we spotted De Ruiter Seeds' Conchita: a well known variety on the UK market.
Team from De Ruiter UK: Jeremy Booth, Hugh Lisher and Sharon MacGregror.
Team from De Ruiter UK: Jeremy Booth, Hugh Lisher and Sharon MacGregror.
In between the conference program the participants had the opportunity to network at the trade show floor. The seed houses took advantage of this and showed their varieties for the UK market;specialties, cocktail, snacking and baby plum.
In between the conference program the participants had the opportunity to network at the trade show floor. The seed houses took advantage of this and showed their varieties for the UK market;specialties, cocktail, snacking and baby plum.
Peter Geerts from Syngenta and Richard Binks from FreshTec (UK reseller of Syngenta's Bioline)
Peter Geerts from Syngenta and Richard Binks from FreshTec (UK reseller of Syngenta's Bioline)
Syngenta's Edioso is marketed in the UK as the Extra Special Tomkin in the shelves of ASDA. They are grown by FlavourFresh Salads, and this year it is the first time that they are grown year round by the use of supplemental lighting.
Syngenta's Edioso is marketed in the UK as the Extra Special Tomkin in the shelves of ASDA. They are grown by FlavourFresh Salads, and this year it is the first time that they are grown year round by the use of supplemental lighting.
Richard Cameron and Terry Grimshaw from Omex Horticulture.
Richard Cameron and Terry Grimshaw from Omex Horticulture.
Andrew Beeston, Jill Kooijman and Keimpe Veenstra from Enza Zaden.
Andrew Beeston, Jill Kooijman and Keimpe Veenstra from Enza Zaden.
Morning chairman Phil Pearson opening the speaker program.
Morning chairman Phil Pearson opening the speaker program.
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Opening speaker Esther van Echtelt from Philips Lighting proudly presented an update on all the global LED projects Philips has been involved with over the past few years. Recently Philips announced the installation of LED inter lighting at APS Salads and LED top and inter lighting at Melrow Salads.
Opening speaker Esther van Echtelt from Philips Lighting proudly presented an update on all the global LED projects Philips has been involved with over the past few years. Recently Philips announced the installation of LED inter lighting at APS Salads and LED top and inter lighting at Melrow Salads.
Chairman of the Horticulture Innovation Partnership Mary Bosley shared the HIP's vision and goals and the background of the partnership; funding innovation, growing science and improving business. Next to this Mary Bosley high lighted the funds that will become available in UK's new Agri-Tech Strategy, in which HIP will fully engage. There is 70 + 90 million Pounds available.
Chairman of the Horticulture Innovation Partnership Mary Bosley shared the HIP's vision and goals and the background of the partnership; funding innovation, growing science and improving business. Next to this Mary Bosley high lighted the funds that will become available in UK's new Agri-Tech Strategy, in which HIP will fully engage. There is 70 + 90 million Pounds available.
Ian Woodward from PFM Packaging Machinery.
Ian Woodward from PFM Packaging Machinery.
Paul van Gils from Mardenkro together with Paul Tate from Fargro, Mardenkro's UK distributer. Growers in the UK are already familiar with and using Mardenkro's greenhouse coatings, the acreage with diffuse coating increases globally, in both lit and unlit cultivations.
Paul van Gils from Mardenkro together with Paul Tate from Fargro, Mardenkro's UK distributer. Growers in the UK are already familiar with and using Mardenkro's greenhouse coatings, the acreage with diffuse coating increases globally, in both lit and unlit cultivations.
Kevin Wendleken from Raygreeen fastening systems.
Kevin Wendleken from Raygreeen fastening systems.
Raygreen's clips are also being sold by Royal Brinkman. Since the introduction of the easy to use clip, Raygreen also developed a smaller one for cucumber crops.
Raygreen's clips are also being sold by Royal Brinkman. Since the introduction of the easy to use clip, Raygreen also developed a smaller one for cucumber crops.
Keith Ward and Glenn Notley from Brinkman UK
Keith Ward and Glenn Notley from Brinkman UK
Kate Smart and Dave Samuel from Sakata.
Kate Smart and Dave Samuel from Sakata.
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Toni Pedder and Adam Wray-Summerson from Clarke Energy
Toni Pedder and Adam Wray-Summerson from Clarke Energy
Peter Wessel and Darren McDonald from LS Systems.
Peter Wessel and Darren McDonald from LS Systems.
LS Systems is the UK reseller of the Agri Fast TOM System
LS Systems is the UK reseller of the Agri Fast TOM System
Agri Fast' TOM System is also in the UK an attractive alternative to twining or clipping the crops as labour costs play also an important role in the British greenhouse industry.
Agri Fast' TOM System is also in the UK an attractive alternative to twining or clipping the crops as labour costs play also an important role in the British greenhouse industry.
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Kurt Verhelst from Prayon
Kurt Verhelst from Prayon
Veronique Savelkoul and harm Ammerlaan from Nunhems.
Veronique Savelkoul and harm Ammerlaan from Nunhems.
Nunhems new variety, NUN09013 TOF is a round cherry suitable for single and cluster harvest. It's red colored fruit is highly tolerant to cracking. The variety is grown on about 7 hectare now in the Netherlands. The UK has trials at Thaneth Earth, Cornerways, Eric Wall White Salads and North Bank Growers.
Nunhems new variety, NUN09013 TOF is a round cherry suitable for single and cluster harvest. It's red colored fruit is highly tolerant to cracking. The variety is grown on about 7 hectare now in the Netherlands. The UK has trials at Thaneth Earth, Cornerways, Eric Wall White Salads and North Bank Growers.
Horticultural Consultant Gerry Hayman presented interesting information on Lycopeen . We know it is healthy, but how can we achieve higher lycopeen, and if we can, can we use this as a marketing tool and add value to or product in order to get better pricing?
Horticultural Consultant Gerry Hayman presented interesting information on Lycopeen . We know it is healthy, but how can we achieve higher lycopeen, and if we can, can we use this as a marketing tool and add value to or product in order to get better pricing?
John Hall from the West Sussex Growers Association developed several models for Combined Horticultural Production and Energy Hubs. As demand for local produce increases, many growers are looking to build new greenhouses. But not everybody is happy with that due to NIMBY and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone). Energy Hubs can be the solution for this problem as it can provide benefits for the entire community, such as : Food security, waste management, sustainable energy production and other socio-economic benefits.
John Hall from the West Sussex Growers Association developed several models for Combined Horticultural Production and Energy Hubs. As demand for local produce increases, many growers are looking to build new greenhouses. But not everybody is happy with that due to NIMBY and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone). Energy Hubs can be the solution for this problem as it can provide benefits for the entire community, such as : Food security, waste management, sustainable energy production and other socio-economic benefits.
Tim Pratt from Farm Energy showed the first results from the trials with the refrigerant based dehumidification unit of the Drygair concept at Red Roofs Nursery. So far energy saving has been achieved, but yield is behind control production. They now look forward to continue trials if funding is available.
Tim Pratt from Farm Energy showed the first results from the trials with the refrigerant based dehumidification unit of the Drygair concept at Red Roofs Nursery. So far energy saving has been achieved, but yield is behind control production. They now look forward to continue trials if funding is available.
Chris Placket from Farm Energy gave an update on energy prices, potential alternative energy systems. The UK's spark spread looks a bit better, but still not too positive, but there is still a financial benefit for CHP and the usage will be up.
Chris Placket from Farm Energy gave an update on energy prices, potential alternative energy systems. The UK's spark spread looks a bit better, but still not too positive, but there is still a financial benefit for CHP and the usage will be up.
Tim haworth and Ross Hibbs from Cambridge HOK
Tim haworth and Ross Hibbs from Cambridge HOK
Nick Field from Priva UK
Nick Field from Priva UK
Tom Decamp and David Barrett from Yara
Tom Decamp and David Barrett from Yara
Mark Chivers and Robert Wilson from Bridge Greenhouses
Mark Chivers and Robert Wilson from Bridge Greenhouses
Andre van Dam from Certhon
Andre van Dam from Certhon
Mike Able from Agralan
Mike Able from Agralan
Bob Strangward and Vincent Kuijvenhoven from Grodan with grower Richard Bezemer from Cleveland Nurseries in the middle.
Bob Strangward and Vincent Kuijvenhoven from Grodan with grower Richard Bezemer from Cleveland Nurseries in the middle.
Erik Jansen, Ester van Echtelt and Udo van Slooten from Philips Horti
Erik Jansen, Ester van Echtelt and Udo van Slooten from Philips Horti
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Dave Chandler from Warwick University gave a presentation about Biological control of plant diseases using insect pathogenic funghi with dual activity against plant pathogens.
Dave Chandler from Warwick University gave a presentation about Biological control of plant diseases using insect pathogenic funghi with dual activity against plant pathogens.
Leonie Hogendonk from De Ruiter on rootstock grafting
Leonie Hogendonk from De Ruiter on rootstock grafting
Tim O'neill from ADAS gave a presentation on new technologies for disease control.
Tim O'neill from ADAS gave a presentation on new technologies for disease control.
Phil Davis from Sockbridge Technology Center. Later you will find articles on the speakers on HortiDaily
Phil Davis from Sockbridge Technology Center. Later you will find articles on the speakers on HortiDaily
July Woolley and Phil Morley.
July Woolley and Phil Morley.

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