The 9th meeting of the Working Group will be held on the campus of the R.H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot, Israel. The meeting will comprise 3 days of oral presentations, poster sessions and discussions, and a professional visit to commercial protected vegetable operations.
Constant changes in climate, consumer demand, economy, regulations, technology, as well as invasions of new pest species, continuously challenge researchers, extension officers, growers and the agro-businesses. These and other topics will be discussed at the meeting. The venue of the meeting, the program structure and the collegial atmosphere are designed to encourage informal interactions, explore common interests and possible collaborations, and facilitate learning and information sharing. Visits to Israeli protected crop operations will provide unique opportunities to explore new technologies and approaches, share knowhow, and interact with growers and extension officers.