Sara Serra, Washington State University, USA
Research Associate Professor at the Department of Horticulture, Sara integrates field projects management with laboratory expertise. Her research experience is mainly on tree physiology, training systems, rootstocks, orchard management, netting, flower pollination and fruit quality on fruit trees especially apple and pear.
Pierre-Eric Lauri, Inrae, France
Senior scientist and Deputy Director of the Mixed Research Unit « ABSys - Biodiversified Agrosystems ». His background is on the genetic variability of tree architecture and functioning. He developed innovative concepts in fruit-tree training and pruning to optimize fruit quality and regularity of bearing. He is now working on the physiology of the fruit-tree growing in agroforestry systems in both temperate and tropical contexts.
Keynote Speakers
The effect of mild winter weather (low chill accumulation) on apple production and how this can be mitigated

Alan N Lakso, USA ; Chiara Pastore, Italy ; Aurélie Cardona, France ; Denise Neilsen, Canada ; Evelyne Costes, France ; Florence Verpont, France ; Frédéric Normand, France ; Gregory A Lang, USA ; Idemir Citadin, Brazil ; Jaume Lordan Sanahuja, Spain ; Julien Sarron, France ; Karen I Theron, South Africa ; Ken Breen, New Zealand ; Luca Corelli-Grappadelli, Italy ; Mehdi Ben Mimoun, Tunisia ; Michael Blanke, Germany ; Ping Lu, Australia ; Sally Bound, Australia ; Stefano Musacchi, USA ; Theodore DeJong, USA ; Tiziano Caruso, Italy ; Todd Einhorn, USA ; Wiehann Steyn, South Africa ;
Weiwei Yang, China


The aim of this symposium is to gather researchers working on innovative findings to increase sustainability of perennial crop agrosystems (including pome and/or stone fruit, and other fruit-bearing trees, shrubs and vines).
The scope of the symposium is to emphasize communications at plant and agrosystem scales.
We welcome studies on evaluation of cultivars and rootstocks and combinations of both in various environments, tree and orchard design and management, plant manipulation including with plant growth regulators (PGR), monitoring technologies for plant development and production, and modeling for understanding genetic and environmental regulation of spatial and temporal development.
We will also gladly receive papers addressing innovative approaches on perennial crops in their environments, biodiversity and ecosystem services, production in protected environments, and microbial soil ecology in perennial crop agrosystems. Understanding how innovative approaches are developed through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary (crossing scientific and empirical views) studies, either through case studies or conceptual approaches, are strongly encouraged, especially regarding the social impact and economic valuation of innovations.