Soft fruit producers and agronomists will hear the latest research findings from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) at this summer’s Fruit for the Future at Invergowrie on Thursday.
Seminars covering the use of technology and apps, guided tours of raspberry and blueberry breeding plots and a demonstration on looking after soil health will feature on the day, as well as the popular raspberry taste-testing session.
UK Migration and International Development Minister Ben MacPherson will open the event at 3.15pm and discuss the key issues in the soft fruit industry with farming leaders.
Seminars include sessions on automated mildew control and understanding the causes of “crumbly fruit” in red raspberries.
As blueberry consumption in the UK continues to expand, JHI has been investigating pest and disease resistance and the ability of plants to withstand local environmental stresses.
Visitors will be able to see the 50 plants that have been flagged for potential trialling as a result of “exceptional” performance over the last two years before a final decision is made on which to continue with later this year.
To book a place at the event – and be sure of a raspberry tart – visit the JHI website.