An outreach meeting was held in Nanjing to demonstrate new strawberry varieties (series) on December 3, 2011. The meeting was chaired by Director Yu Mingliang of the Institute of Horticulture. JAAS Vice President Chang Youhong and Deputy Director Zhou Zhenxing of Jiangsu Agriculture Commission made keynote speeches. More than 120 representatives from other provincial academies and universities, strawberry associations and enterprises attended the meeting.
New strawberry varieties developed with Jiangsu Agriculture Science and Technology Innovation Fund (JASTIF) were exhibited: first, the new strawberry variety Ningyu with extreme early maturity. Ningyu has high yield, high quality and multi-resistance to diseases and is harvested in early November; second, “strawberry- ipomoea aquatic rotation cropping” overcoming continuous cropping obstacles. The techniques improve land utilization and economic benefits; third, connective plastic greenhouse for strawberry cultivation. It not only solves the problem of low temperature and lack of sunshine in winter, but also saves more than 20% construction cost and improves land utilization rate of more than 10%. Fourth, labor-saving pergola system in strawberry cultivation. It is low in cost and easy in management, and reduces insect diseases and improves the strawberry quality. Fifth, new strawberry series with different tastes and colors.
After the field day, the attendants also held extensive discussions on the key techniques in strawberry cultivation and the establishment of strawberry innovation platform, laying a solid foundation for the promotion of Chinese strawberry industry. The meeting is not only an inspection of JAAS innovation results, but also a golden opportunity for the experts to promote the healthy and sustainable development of Jiangsu strawberry industry.