Horticulture in India is fast emerging as a major commercial venture, because of higher remuneration per unit area and the realisation that consumption of fruits and vegetables is essential for health and nutrition. In the last one decade, export potential of horticultural crops has significantly increased attracting even multinationals into floriculture, processing and value added products. Productivity of horticultural crops in India is relatively low compared to other countries. Of the several factors responsible for lower productivity of horticultural crops, pests (insect, mite, vertebrate pests, pathogens, nematodes, weeds etc.) are considered as important limiting factors significantly limiting the horticultural production both in terms of quality and quantity.
At this backdrop, the International Conference on Plant Protection in Horticulture (ICPPH2019) is being organized by the ‘Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems‘ (AAPMHE) in association with the ‘ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research‘ (ICAR-IIHR) with the support of the ‘National Institute of Plant Health Management‘ (NIPHM) and the ‘Indian Council of Agricultural Research‘ (ICAR) aims at bringing together global plant protection experts, including research scholars from leading academic institutes and research organizations to exchange and share their experiences and research results on recent developments in plant protection in horticultural crops (insect pests, diseases, nematodes, non-insect pests, vertebrate pests, weeds etc.). It provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, educators and stakeholders to present and discuss most recent plant protection innovations, trends and challenges encountered and solutions adopted in plant protection in Horticulture. The conference will feature concurrent sessions, plenary sessions and working group meetings.