NIAB Tree Fruit Day - 22 February 2024

NIAB Tree Fruit Day - 22 February 2024

Technical webinar on tree fruit research

Recordings from the day now available!

The 2024 annual tree fruit day was presented by NIAB as a virtual event to provide the industry with the latest results of a wide range of research projects led by NIAB and other researchers.



Session 1: New developments and post-harvest research

Growing Kent & Medway: Supporting sustainability and innovation in the tree fruit sector (Robert Saville, NIAB and Rachel McGauley, British Apples and Pears Ltd)
Monitoring energy use of apple stores and managing apple maturity at harvest using a sprayable formulation of 1-MCP (AF-701) by AgroFresh (Richard Colgan, University of Greenwich)
M200 – A new rootstock bred by NIAB at East Malling (Feli Fernandez, NIAB)
Speeding up the process of apple breeding  (Amanda Karlstrom, NIAB)
Climate resilience in the UK apple sector: a survey based assessment (Laurent Giguere, University of Cambridge)


Session 2: Novel approaches to pest and disease control

New research into apple scab control (Tom Passey and Katie Stewart, NIAB)
Latest developments in apple canker research (Mat Papp-Rupar and Louisa Robinson, NIAB)
Control of brown rot in cherry (Mat Papp-Rupar, NIAB)
Apple replant disease and soil amendments (Tom Passey, NIAB)
Wildflower mixes dedicated to tree fruit pollination (Celine Silva, NIAB)


Session 3: Pest and ecology research in tree fruit

Woodlice in apple orchards – a new problem (Jude Bennison, ADAS)
Woolly apple aphid control using earwig inoculations (Michelle Fountain, NIAB)
New techniques to control apple sawfly (Francesca Elliot, NIAB)
Brown marmorated stink bug and its spread in the UK (Francis Wamonje, NIAB)
Review of codling moth control (Charles Whitfield, NIAB)
Development of pheromones for forest bug control  (Francis Wamonje, NIAB) 
The impact of SWD bait sprays on non-target insects (Adam Walker, NIAB)
Latest results with sterile insect technique for SWD control (Glen Slade, BigSis)