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Carrot Conference PROGRAM

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37th International Carrot Conference
Nottawasaga Inn, Alliston, Ontario
Sept 15 - 17, 2015


Monday, Sept. 14

3:00 – 7:00 PM


6:00 – 8:00 PM

Welcome reception sponsored by Nunhems




Tuesday morning, Sept. 15

Registration desk open 7:30 – noon

7:30 – 8:30 AM


8:30 – 8:40 AM

Welcome  – Mary Ruth McDonald

Oral Presentations: Carrot Production

8:40 – 9:00 AM

Carrot production in Ontario. Marion Paibomesai

9:00 – 9:20 AM

68 years of carrot trials…and still going strong. Shawn Janse and M.R. McDonald

9:20 – 9:40 AM

Impact on phosphorus dynamics in muck soils on carrot production in Ontario. Deanna Németh, Christoph Kessel, M.R. McDonald, I. O’Halloran, D. Speranzini, and T. Zhang

9:40 – 10:00 AM

Integrated pest management in the Holland Marsh. Dennis Van Dyk, K. Vander Kooi, A. Abd-Elmagid and M.R. McDonald

BREAK Sponsored by Weening Bros. Manufacturing

Oral Presentations: Crop Protection

10:40 – 11:00 AM

Improving management of the carrot weevil in Ontario. Zachariah Telfer, M.R. McDonald and C. Scott-Dupree

11:00 – 11:20 AM

A fresh look into chemical control of carrot rust fly in Ontario. Jason Lemay, M.R. McDonald and C. Scott-Dupree

11:20 – 11:40 AM

Carrot weevil and carrot rust fly in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Suzanne Blatt, M.R. McDonald, C. Scott-Dupree, J. Driscoll, A. Ryan, S. Adams and K. Hiltz

11:40 – 12:00 PM

Carrots, adaptation to climate change, and food security. Mary Ruth McDonald, M. Tesfaendrias and J. Warland

LUNCH sponsored by Vilmorin SA and poster viewing


Tuesday afternoon & evening, Sept. 15

1:30 – 1:50 PM

Evaluation of nematicides and fumigants for control of nematodes on carrots. Dennis Van Dyk, K.S. Jordan and M.R. McDonald

1:50 – 2:10 PM

Chemical sensitivity of Fusarium avenaceum infecting carrots in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2014. R.D. Peters, K.A. Drake, H. Lu, A. Ryan, S. Adams, J. Driscoll, A. Macphail, D. Gregory, M. Trenholm, B. Crane, and G. Wang-Pruski.

2:10 – 2:30 PM

Evaluation of approaches for management of Fusarium root rot on carrots. M. Tesfaendrias, Ahmed Abd-Elmagid, K. Vander Kooi and M.R. McDonald

2:30 – 2:50 PM

Carrot cavity spot incidence and severity in USDA breeding lines. Kevin Vander Kooi, M.R. McDonald and P.W. Simon


3:30 – 3:50 PM

Identification of pathogenic Fusarium species in carrots and their quantification in soil. Hongliang Lu, T. Borza, R. Peters, J. Driscoll and G. Wang-Pruski

3:50 – 4:10 PM

Control of root-knot nematodes in fresh carrot production in California. J. Ole Becker, Antoon Ploeg and Joe Nunez

4:10 – 4:30 PM

A food-grade oil induces resistance to aster yellows and foliar diseases of carrot. Mary Ruth McDonald, L. Riches and K. Vander Kooi

5:30 – 6:30 PM


6:30 – 9:00 PM

BANQUET sponsored by Bejo Seeds Inc.


Wednesday morning, Sept. 16

7:30 – 8:40 AM


Oral Presentations: Herbicide Resistance

8:40 – 9:00 AM

Herbicide trials for management of linuron-resistant pigweed in muckland carrots in New York. Julie R. Kikkert and R R. Bellinder

9:00 – 9:20 AM

Solutions for the control of herbicide resistant pigweed (Amaranthus spp.) in carrot. Clarence Swanton, S. Janse, D. Robinson, K. Obeid and R.E. Nurse

Oral Presentations: Plant Breeding

9:20 – 9:40 AM

Building a better carrot map. Philipp Simon, S. Ellison, D. Senalik and M. Iorizzo

9:40 – 10:00 AM

Enhancing freedom to operate for plant breeding through the development of eight open source carrot populations. Claire Luby and I.L. Goldman

BREAK sponsored by Seminis Vegetable Seeds

10:40 – 11:00 AM

Integrated molecular and morphological studies of the Daucus guttatus complex. C.I. Arbizu, H. Ruess, F. Martínez-Flores, M.B. Crespo, P.W. Simon, and David M. Spooner

11:00 – 11:20 AM

Cultivar development with the CIOA (Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture) Project targets flavor, novel colours, top height, and disease and pest resistance. Philipp Simon, M. Colley, L. McKenzie, J. Zystro, L. Hoagland, P. Roberts, J. Colquhoun, L. du Toit, J. Nunez, E. Silva and  T. Waters

Oral Presentations: Other topics

11:20 – 11:40 AM

Slow release fertilizer and N rate influence carrot quality and yield in Michigan processing carrots. D. Corey Noyes, D.C. Brainard and K. Steinke

11:40 – 12:00 PM

Management of carrot wash water in the Lake Simcoe Basin. Donna Speranzini

Lunch and poster viewing


Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 16

1:30 – 1:50 PM

Removing muck soil particles from carrot wash-water. Bridget Visser, Eric Rozema, Michael Saunders and Charles Lalonde

1:50 – 2:10 PM

Carrot wash-water treatment and reuse potential. Gurvinder Mundi, R.G. Zytner and K. Warriner

2:10 – 2:30 PM

Antioxidants in carrots: effect of pigments and production practices. Chanli Hu, R. Tsao, A. Sullivan and M.R. McDonald

2:30 – 2:50 PM

Bioaccessibility, bioavailability and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of anthocyanin-rich purple carrots. Hua Zhang, M.R. McDonald, R. Liu and R. Tsao

2:50 – 3:20 PM

Business meeting


3:50 – 4:50 PM

Break Out Sessions:
Breeding – Phil Simon, discussion lead
Crop Protection –  discussion lead TBD

DINNER – on your own
5 restaurants at the Nottawasaga Inn and others in the area


Thursday Sept. 17 Tour Cultivar trials and field trip

8:15 AM

Board buses sponsored by Hillside Gardens

8:30 AM

Buses leave for field trip

9:30 – 11:30 AM

Arrive at Smith Gardens for variety trial on muck soil and
tour of carrot packing and wash water treatment plant

12:15 – 2:00 PM

BBQ Lunch and tour of research plots at Muck Crops Research Station

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Buses arrive at Gwillimdale Farms for Variety Trial on mineral soil

4:00 PM

Buses return to Nottawasaga Inn and Conference Centre