North Carolina Hosts World’s Blackberry, Raspberry, Currant and Goosberry Experts


2015 Rubus and Ribes SymposiumFrom June 19-24, 2015, North and South Carolina host the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium. This is a group of scientists and industry professionals that come together every 4 years to share research findings, develop new collaborations, renew old friendships and talk about blackberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries for almost a whole week non stop! To some of you this may sound boring, but to us, this is one of the highlights of our careers.

Why North Carolina? Well, the Rubus and Ribes group has not met in the US for over 30 years, and the last time was in the Pacific Northwest. Four years ago, when they were meeting in Serbia, the southern US was suggested because of the dynamic fresh market industry that had developed over the past few years. The Rubus and Ribes Working Group asked and NC State University agreed to host the XI International Rubus and Ribes Symposium in 2015.

This meeting was held in 2 parts. A smaller group (about 75 people) will take part in the Pre-Symposium Tour. Last week, we gathered in Charlotte, NC and fan out for 3 days visiting growers and research facilities. We visit 5 farms, the NCDA&CS Research Station, and the Plants for Human Health Institute. Then we head up to Asheville for 3 days of scientific meetings with a half day break for local farm tours. The Symposium host 170 people from 26 countries.

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This is an event held under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science.