Welcome at the 6th ISHS International Symposium on Cucurbits 

Ghent (Belgium) - June 30, 2019 - July 4, 2019 


"  The importance of cucurbits cannot be underestimated. They comprise both vegetable and fruit crops and are cultivated in tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. Three genera, Cucumis (cucumbers, melons), Cucurbita (pumpkins, squash, gourds), and Citrullus (watermelons), rank respectively second in global vegetable production and first in global fruit production. Yet, growers as well as the industry are continuously facing new challenges as the market requires safe food which is produced in a sustainable way.

This symposium aims to address current and future challenges for a sustainable cucurbit production under the changing climatic conditions of tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. Research of both open field and protected production is welcomed.

In this context, the VI International Symposium on Cucurbits will highlight the most recent scientific progress made in cucurbit research from genetics, biodiversity, plant physiology, irrigation and fertilization, abiotic stresses, protected cultivation techniques, open field cultivation techniques, product quality and management of pests and diseases.

Under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science, the event will be hosted in Ghent, Belgium. Ghent is an authentic historic city and also a vibrant university city located in the region of Flanders. This region also has a very innovative vegetable, fruit and ornamental production industry. This Symposium will be an excellent opportunity for discussing state-of-the-art research and future perspectives of cucurbit production, visit the region of Flanders and its vegetable industry in the technical tour and enjoy the Belgian beers.

We look forward to seeing you all during the next Cucurbit symposium. "

The Conveners,

Peter Bleyaert, INAGRO

Raf De Vis, PSKW

Marie-Christine Van Labeke, Ghent University