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Hort Science Online 2021 goes live

HSO 2021 includes a hub on sustainable growing media - focusing on non-peat raw materials



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12 November 2021

Showcasing the latest technical innovations and horticultural practices, ICL’s popular Hort Science Online (HSO) event has returned. The easy to navigate platform is made up of five unique zones, each containing practical, informative, and thought-provoking content on a broad spectrum of technical and topical subjects.

The Sustainable Growing Media Zone is the place to go for presentations exploring peat-free ingredients, their key features and how to optimise their performance – as well as tips on how to fine tune potting machinery to get the best results.

Featuring product innovations and practices to tailor and optimise crop nutrition, in the Nurture Zone, ICL’s knowledgeable technical team take you through the latest generation products – including Osmoform N and Osmocote High N – to optimise crop nutrition in sustainable growing media.  Participants can explore the science behind Peters Professional and Peters Excel water soluble fertilizers and why they are so effective and see ICL’s AngelaWeb 3 precision nutrition tool put through its paces.

The Osmocote GreenLab showcases Osmocote 5 – the new generation of controlled release fertilizers. Learn how it overcomes the specific nutritional challenges presented by sustainable growing medias and see for yourself how Osmocote 5 is performing in trials.

Shining the spotlight on biostimulants, The Plant Protection Zone features a practical session on vine weevil control – including the timing of Pitcher applications to optimise control of this potentially devastating pest.

The Knowledge Hub highlights an array of topical subjects including findings of the AHDB-funded research projects at NIAB into Primula leaf edge scorch and delivery of liquid feeds in irrigation systems. The UK’s Horticultural Trades Association policy manager Sally Cullimore and Johnsons of Whixley’s Jonathan Whittemore discuss key changes and challenges of cross-border trade with the EU with journalist Rachel Anderson.  Meanwhile, Alistair Yeomans – of Plant Healthy – explains how to handle plant material more responsibly and safely to halt the introduction and spread of damaging plant pests and ensure plants thrive.

“New interactive features mean participants can navigate content at ease,” said Adam Ferjani, ICL’s marketing communications manager. “Many presentations have been filmed at working UK nurseries or at the Barn4, NIAB’s Agritech incubator – an impressive new purpose-built facility for start-up agritech businesses. We’re extremely grateful for this support.”

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