The 7th International Horticulture Research Conference


To showcase the latest achievements and research progress in the field of horticulture, and promote communication and cooperation among world experts, the 7th International Horticulture Research Conference will be held online from July 1st to 30th.The conference is hosted by Horticulture Research (which published by Springer Nature in partnership with Nanjing Agricultural University) and Northwest A&F University, convened by Prof. Fengwang Ma (Northwest A&F University) and Prof. Zong-Ming (Max) Cheng (Editor-in-Chief of Horticulture Research), locally organized by College of Horticulture and State Key Laboratory of Crop Stress Biology for Arid Areas of Northwest A&F University.

  1. Date

July 1st to 30th, 2020


  1. Registration

Conference website:

Free registration during the conference month, but will be charged with small fees if playback the specific or entire conference seminars.

  1. Session

Development, Abiotic and Biotic Stress Resistance, Breeding, Genomics, Postharvest Physiology, Fruit Quality Control of Horticultural Plants 

  1. Poster Award

First prize 2000 RMB × 1

Second prize 1000 RMB × 2

Third prize 500 RMB × 3

Poster submission:

Deadline: June 30th, 2020

  1. Certificate of participation

Application link:

  1. Speakers

July 1-3 General biology session

Horticultural Crop Research: 10 Years Ahead

July 17:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Xiaohan Yang

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL, USA

Biosystems design: the future promise of plant science

July 18:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Zachary Lippman

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Fine-tuning flowering, plant architecture, and crop productivity - lessons from tomato

July 19:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Harry J. Klee

University of Florida, USA

An integrated chemical and genetic approach to improve tomato flavor quality

July 2 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Sanwen Huang

Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

The genomic roadmap of vegetable breeding

July 2 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shuhua Yang

China Agricultural University, China

Molecular mechanism of plant response to cold stress

July 2 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Jiankang Zhu

Jiankang Zhu, Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology (PSC), CAS, China/ CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences (CEMPS), China/ Purdue University, United States

Plant epigenetics and molecular breeding

July 3 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Yunde Zhao

University of California San Diego, USA

Marker-assisted plant transformation and genome editing

July 6-8 Genomics session

July 6 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Sean Myles

Dalhousie University, Canada

Genomic consequences of apple improvement

July 6 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Carsten Pedersen

University of Copenhagen, Danmark

GWAS using the Danish Apple collection – a resource as germplasm and for new apple-based products

July 6 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Amandine Cornille

French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), France

Towards deciphering the genomic bases of adaptation in apples

July 6 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Stefano Pavan

University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

Genome-wide characterization of almond diversity/homozygosity defines structure, kinship, inbreeding and linkage disequilibrium in cultivated germplasm and reveals genetic associations with nut and seed weight

July 7 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Timo Hytönen

University of Helsinki, Finland

Population genomics and gene functional analyses reveal the genetic basis of climate adaptation in woodland strawberry

July 7 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Liangsheng Zhang

Zhejiang University, China

The water lily genome and the early evolution of flowering plants

July 7 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Concetta Licciardello

CREA-Research Centre for Olive, Fruit and Citrus Crops of Acireale, Italy

The genetic control of the anthocyanin pigmentation in leaves, flowers and fruit tissues along Citrus species

July 8 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Rui Xia

South China Agricultural University, China

The genome of lychee reveals independent domestication events in early and late-maturing cultivars

July 8 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Xiyin Wang

North China University of Science and Technology

Cases to analyze the structures of complex plant genomes

July 8 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Yuepeng Han

Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Genetic basis of fruit quality in peach

July 8 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Zhonghua Zhang

Qingdao Agricultural University, China

Comparative genomics provide novel insights into the evolution and genetic basis of agronomic traits in cucurbits

Zhaobo Lang

Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, China

Topic to be announced

Zhongjian Liu

/Wenjie Cai

Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China

The star fruit (Averrhoa carambola) omics provides new insights into genome evolution, cauliflory, and fruit flavor

July 9-10 Development session

July 9 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Yongling Ruan

The University of Newcastle, Australia

Zooming in on sugar metabolism and signaling for development and defense

July 9 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Jialong Yao

Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

Over-expression of MdBBM1 enhances apple shoot regeneration and alters plant development

July 9 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Shengnan Wang

China Agricultural University, China

Chaperonin CCT assemble RNP complex and facilitate mRNA long-distance trafficking in phloem

July 9 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Songling Bai

Zhejiang University

Towards the understanding of the dormancy cycle of pear

July 9 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Lailiang Cheng

Cornell University, USA

The signaling role of sorbitol in apple flower development and pollen tube growth

July 9 9:20 PM - 10:00 PM

Yi Li

University of Connecticut, USA

Preliminary dissection of auxin action in promoting graft union formation

July 10 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Dong Zhang

Northwest A&F University, China

Cytokinin-responsive MdTCP17 interacts with MdWOX11 to repress adventitious root primordia formation in apple rootstock

July 10 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Xiaolan Zhang

China Agricultural University, China

Auxin and fruit shape regulation in cucumber

July 10 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Juyou Wu

Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Molecular mechanisms of the pollen tube structural changes in self-incompatibility response of pear

July 13-14 Fruit quality control session

July 13 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Zhanwu Dai

Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Fruit quality and environments: modeling from a fruit to the whole plant

July 13 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Eugenio Butelli

John Innes Centre, UK

Metabolic engineering for nutritionally enhanced tomatoes

July 13 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Yuanyuan Li

Shandong Agricultural University, China

Forward understanding the molecular mechanism underlying coloration of apple fruit

July 14 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Chuanyou Li

Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Why tomato flesh is red but not purple?

July 14 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Michael Considine

The University of Western Australia, Australia

Genetic control of dietary flavonoid availability in apple germplasm

July 14 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Sara Zenoni

University of Verona, Italy

Grape berry development and ripening: a molecular perspective

July 14 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Rui Zhai/Zhigang Wang

Northwest A&F University, China

Flavonoid biosynthesis and 4 related MYB transcription factors in pear fruit

July 15-16 Abiotic stress session

July 15 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Shuangxi Zhou

Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

Crop stress ecophysiology: a trait perspective

July 15 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Changhai Liu

Northwest A&F University, China

Identification and functional analysis of Malus genes involved in abiotic stress response

July 15 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Zhenhai Han

China Agricultural University, China

Possible regulation of RNA signal transition between scion and rootstock of apple under Fe deficient stress

July 15 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Jihong Liu

Huazhong Agricultural University, China

MYC2 of Poncirus trifoliata regulates glycine betaine accumulation under cold conditions

July 16 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Pei Xu

China Jiliang University, China

A universal pipeline for mobile mRNA detection and insights into heterografting advantages under chilling stress

July 16 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Zhengguo Li

Chongqing University, China

SlGRAS4 mediates a novel regulatory pathway promoting chilling tolerance in tomato

July 17 Biotic stress session

July 17 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Yongping Duan

U.S. Department of Agriculture, USA

Dissecting the Citrus HLB complex

July 17 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Jianjun Zhao

Hebei Agricultural University, China

Identification of candidate genes for important traits based on EMS mutants in Chinese cabbage

July 17 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Mickael Malnoy

Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy

Application of genome editing in apple for improving disease resistance or functional study

July 20-21 Breeding session

July 20 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Dario Cantu

University of California Davis, USA

Comparative genomics of wild and cultivated grapes

July 20 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Jun Wu

Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Genetic variation and molecular breeding in pear

July 20 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

David Chagné

Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

A new method for fine mapping non-domesticated alleles and marker development in apple

July 20 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Daniel Sargent


Identification of genes associated with polyphenol biosynthesis in cultivated strawberry

July 20 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Qiang Xu

Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Genome assisted breeding in Citrus

July 21 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Vincent Bus

Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

Genetic mapping of fire blight resistance QTLs in two rootstock families

July 21 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Wenwu Guo

Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Assembly of citrus mitochondrial genomes and molecular mechanism of male sterility in a somatic cybrid of pummelo

July 21 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Xiaofeng Wang

Northwest A&F University, China

Establish tomato male-sterile lines with a marker for hybrid production by CRISPR/Cas9 system

July 21 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Fadi Chen

Nanjing Agricultural University, China

Chrysanthemum germplasms innovation and breeding

Fengwang Ma

Northwest A&F University, China

Apple breeding for high fruit quality and stress resistance

July 22 Postharvest biology session

July 22 9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Aide Wang

Shenyang Agricultural University, China

The mechanism of auxin-induced fruit ripening in apple

July 22 9:40 AM - 10:20 AM

Yunjiang Cheng

Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Fruit postharvest biology and its application in Citrus Industry

July 22 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

Yamei Ren

Northwest A&F University, China

Study on nutrition, storage characteristics and fresh cut processing  of spaghetti squash

July 22 8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Junping Gao

China Agricultural University, China

Senescence physiology and postharvest handling of roses

July 22 8:40 PM - 9:20 PM

Giovanni Battista Tornielli

University of Verona, Italy

From ripening to post-ripening: the restless third age of the grape berry

July 29-30 Journal session

Editor of Nature Plants

Introduction of Nature Plants

July 29 8:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Xiaofeng Cui

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant

Introduction of Molecular Plant

July 30 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Blake C. Meyers

Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell

Introduction of ThePlant Cell

July 29 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Shuangxia Jin

Associate Editor of Plant Biotechnology Journal

Introduction of Plant Biotechnology Journal

July 29 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Zong-Ming (Max) Cheng

Editor-in-Chief of Horticulture Research

Introduction of Horticulture Research

July 29 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Qingmei Guan

Associate Editor of Journal of Integrative Agriculture

Introduction of Journal of Integrative Agriculture

July 30 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Xiaowu Wang

Editor-in-Chief of Horticultural Plant Journal

Introduction of Horticultural Plant Journal

July 30 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Yunde Zhao

Editor-in-Chief of aBIOTECH

Introduction of aBIOTECH

July 30 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Seishi Ninomiya

Editor-in-Chief of Plant Phenomics

Introduction of Plant Phenomics

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  1. Contact information

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