I International Symposium on Tropical Plantation Crops

Plantation crops constitute a large group of crops. The important plantation crops include coconut, arecanut, oil palm, cashew, cocoa, tea, coffee, and rubber. Plantation crops are important crops of South-east and Central Asia, Pacific Islands, Latin America and Africa. They play an important role in view of their export potential as well as domestic requirements and in employment generation and poverty alleviation programs particularly in rural sector. Cultivation of plantation crops in many countries also has rich diversity and varied history with each crop having its own distinct historical and economic context of development. The economy associated with the major plantation crops has significant forward and backward linkages to a large number of other sectors. The vertical linkages by way of value addition and post-harvest processing for each crop increase the significance of the plantation crop sector. The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) for the first time organising the International Symposium on Plantation Crops at Cairns, Australia from 20-25 November, 2016 for interaction between academia, researchers and extension and industry specialists to deliberate on a number of challenges facing plantation crops sector.


  1.  Varietal wealth (Germplasm, Genetics, Breeding)
  2. Production systems (Agronomy, Soil Science, Physiology, Biochemistry)
  3. Plant health management (Pathology, Entomology, Nematology)
  4. Value chain management (Post-harvest Technology, Economics)
  5. Knowledge management (Extension)


Sisir MitraProfessor Sisir Kumar Mitra

Professor Sisir Mitra
B-12/48, Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal 741235 India
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Valerie Tuia

OIC – Genetic Resources
Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT)
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
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Luseane Taufa

Ministry Agric., Food, Forests & Fisheries
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International Scientific Committee

  • Dr Alexia Prades, COGENT Coordinator, Bioversity International & CIRAD, France. Email: [email protected]
  • Mr Eremas Tade, Acting Chief Executive Director of CCI, Cocoa, Coconut Institute Ltd, Papua New Guinea. Email: [email protected]
  • Dr Andrew Ngereza, National Coconut Research Lead Scientist, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute, Tanzania. Email: [email protected]
  • Dr Roland Bourdeix, former COGENT Coordinator, CIRAD, France. Email: [email protected]
  • Dr Lalith Perera, Genetics and Plant Breeding Division, Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka. Email: [email protected]
  • Dr P. L. Saroj, Director, Directorate of Cashew Research, Karnataka, India. Email: [email protected]
  • Dr Jessy, M.D., Deputy Director, Rubber Research Institute of India, Kerala, India. Email: [email protected]
  • Dr N. Muraleedharan, Head, Entomology Division, Tea Research Association, Jorhat, India. Email: [email protected]


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