Speakers – APAL sessions at Hort Connections

Professor Karen Theron

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Karen has been associated with Stellenbosch University since 1985 and is currently Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticultural Science. Her interests include applied aspects of deciduous fruit production and research in the areas of plant growth regulators and fruit thinning. Karen will present an overview of current research activities in the South African apple and pear industry, touching on the impact of drought and other industry challenges during Speed Updating. She will also share an overview of plant growth regulator use in their apple and pear production during the APAL sessions on Tuesday.

Dr Jens Wünsche

University of Hohenheim, Germany

Jens researches and teaches crop physiology of temperate and subtropical fruit crops. He studies specific plant and organ processes in response to environmental or crop management triggers. Jens is part of the Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils (PIPS2) team and his project, Physiological, metabolic and molecular basis of biennial bearing in apple combines the skills and experiences of researchers in both Australia and Germany to develop new knowledge on key plant processes that regulate flowering in apple trees. PIPS2 is a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund.  Jens will share his insights from the project during Speed Updating. He will also present during the APAL sessions on Tuesday and participate in the panel session on Wednesday.

Dr Lee Kalcsits

Washington State University, USA

Lee is an assistant professor of tree fruit physiology in the Department of Horticulture at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Centre in Wenatchee, Washington, USA. His areas of interest include tree fruit physiology, abiotic stress, plant nutrition and the impacts of the pre-harvest environment on post-harvest physiology. He will present during Speed Updating looking at xylem function in apples and will share information about calcium uptake and distribution in apples during the APAL sessions on Tuesday.

Steve Saunders

Plus Group Horticulture, New Zealand

Steve has over 34 years of experience and expertise in the New Zealand horticulture industry across the following disciplines: growing, innovation, robotics and tech development, new product to market, post-harvest ownership, export of horticultural products internationally (including pollen and pollen application systems) and project management. Steve will present during the APAL sessions on Tuesday and will participate in the panel session on Wednesday.

Negotiating for success

Monday, 18 June 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Paul Tribe

Leadership Consultant, The Missing Peace

Jackie Smith

Organisational Change and Leadership Consultant

Effective negotiation skills are essential in both business and personal life. The ability to negotiate is a critical skill when managing and growing a successful business. How we apply this in a practical situation, whether we are simply negotiating to advantage (potentially short-term only benefit), or negotiating a mutually beneficial (and therefore sustainable) outcome or trying to influence others, having a structured approach and required skill set, could be the difference between success and failure.

Paul and Jackie will help participants when planning for negotiation; discuss techniques that may be used during a negotiation; and how to manage relationships following a negotiation. Participants in the workshop will:

  • Learn about different personality styles and how to communicate effectively with people who have a different style to you.
  • Develop skills in the art of persuasion, through trust and learning how to understand the needs and drivers of the other person.
  • Discover a framework for effective negotiations. This includes how to prepare for a negotiation, choosing the right environment, having a needs-based conversation, recognising and dealing with negotiation tactics, and managing your own emotional state and responses in the moment.

Speed Updating presenters

Monday, 18 June 8:00am – 3:15pm

Angus Crawford, APAL
Apple and pear innovation and adoption program
Ross Wilson, AgFirst
Future Orchards®
Dr Sally Bound, University of Tasmania
PIPS – Artificial spur extinction (ASE)
Hort Innovation
Domestic marketing program for apples and pears
Dr Romina Radar, University of New England
Pollination of apple flowers: how many visits are needed to produce fruit?
John Lopresti, Agriculture Victoria
Profitable Pears post-harvest trial update
Dr Jens Wünsche, University of Hohenheim, Germany
PIPS – Physical, metabolic and molecular basis for biennial bearing
Dr Nigel Swarts, University of Tasmania
PIPS – Nutrition of apple
Dr Hannah James, AgroFresh
Harvista – Australian trial update
David Williams, Agriculture Victoria
PIPS – Integrated pest management (IPM) program and extension
Dr Anthony Kachenko, Hort Innovation
Ag-Tech investment opportunities in Australia apple orchards
Professor Karen Theron, University of Stellenbosh, South Africa
South African pomefruit industry research
Andrew Horsfield, ADAMA
Brevis® – update on Australian trials and registration
Dr Ian Goodwin, Agriculture Victoria
PIPS – Profitable Pears
Dr Lee Kalscits, Washington State University, United States of America
Xylem function in apples

Hort Connections presenters

For a complete list of Hort Connections presenters visit the Hort Connections website.


All apple and pear industry members who purchase a ticket to Hort Connections automatically receive access to the additional APAL activities on Sunday, 17 June and Monday, 18 June prior to the official conference launch.

APAL-only sessions

Purchase tickets – APAL sessions
  • One price: $110

Tickets are available to purchase online.

Hort Connections

Purchase tickets – HortCon
  • APAL member rate: $845
  • Non-member rate: $905
  • Tuesday day pass: $400
  • Wednesday day pass: $550

Tickets can be purchased on the Hort Connections website.

For more information about Hort Connections 2018 or the APAL specific program contact APAL Communications and Events Officer Richelle Zealley on rzealley@apal.org.au or 0438 364 728.

The Hort Connections website provides a wealth of information about the conference, accommodation and ticketing options, please visit www.hortconnections.com.au for more information.

By |April 3rd, 2018|Conference, News|

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APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.