International Soft Fruit Conference – Thursday 7 January 2016

BVB Substrates and DLV Plant held the sixth ‘International Soft Fruit Conference’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. The ISFC 2016 included a range of presentations that covered many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to the presentations we had an exhibition where soft fruit related companies and organizations presented their newest developments and services. 

With 600 attendees, originating from 26 different countries, the ISFC 2016 was again a big success!

Following the conference, we organized a Conference Dinner and a very well attended Field Trip on Friday.

We want to thank everybody who joined us, and helped us to turn our sixth International Soft Fruit Conference into a big success!


Register form is closed.

Participation at the International Soft Fruit Conference costs € 70,- pp (incl VAT). This includes lunch and beverages during the entire day.

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 Organised by:

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 Sub Sponsored by:

BerryNova GENSON


7 January 2016

Exhibition open from 08.30 until 18.00.

08.00 – 08.45

Arrival of guests and visit exhibition

8:45 – 9:00

Eric Boot, BVB Substrates / Campag GmbH & Co. KG / Swissgrow AG

9:00 – 9:20

Development of soft fruit production in Spain and Morocco
Karel Bolckmans, Business Development Director, Special Fruit

9:20 – 9:40

Quality and production in strawberry tunnel cultivation: the importance of the plastic foil
Peter Melis, Researcher Strawberry, Research Centre Hoogstraten

9:40 – 10:00

Biology, behaviour and control of Drosophila suzukii in Trentino region, Northern Italy
Alberto Grassi, Instituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Italy

10:00 – 11:00

Break + Visit exhibition

11:00 – 11:20

Fysical foil qualities. Practical guideline to handle plastic film.
Elsner von Burkhard Dr.-Ing. Sachverständiger für Gartenbau,

11:20 – 11:40

Everbearers, influences of day length and average temperature
Gianluca Savini,  techical coordinator, Sant’Orsola

11:40 – 12:00

Everbearer Flower Mapping in practice
Bert Meurs, Researcher, Plant Research International, Wageningen UR
Harrie Pijnenburg, specialist crop protection, DLV Plant

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch + Visit exhibition

14:00 – 14:15

Biological thrips and white fly control
Bart Sels, Filip van Langenhove, Koppert Biological Systems

14:15 – 14:35

Molecular testing of soft fruit plant material
Frank Hoeberichts, researcher,N-sure

14:35 – 14:50

Analysis and performance of raspberry plants after storage
Ellis Meekes, Naktuinbouw

14:50 – 15:00

Raspberry flower initiation pattern
Prof. Davide Neri, CREA – Fruit research center, Rome

15:00 – 16:00

Break + Visit exhibition

16:00 – 16:15

History and future of the tissue culture of blackberry
Hagen Thoss, Fachstelle Obst, Strickhof.

16:15 – 16:30

Everything you always wanted to know about calcium
Erwin Weening, Com. Directeur, DCM Nederland

16:30 – 16:45

Biological disease control in Raspberry, practical experiences of 2015
Bart Joosten, Biological Cropprotection Specialist, Biobest.

16:45 – 17:00

Willem van Eldik, Senior advisor, DLV Plant

17:00 – 18:00

Visit exhibition and depart 

Field Trip 8 January 2016

Following the conference, we will organize a field trip on Friday 8. January.

This time we will visit two farms close to Breda.

First we will visit v/d Avoird Trayplant ( in Molenschot. V/d Avoird Trayplant is specialized in propagation of raspberry and strawberry plants (June bearers and everbearers). From January 2016, their new production location will be fully operational. This is a newly designed glasshouse for production and hardening of strawberry and raspberry plants under optimum controlled conditions.

The second visit will be at “Aardbeikwekerij Verpaalen” in Rijsbergen, a producer of strawberry fruits, strawberry motherplants, strawberry trayplants and raspberry longcanes. For more information, please visit

A bus will be ready to pick you up at 8.00 o’clock at the van der Valk Hotel in Nuland (see website ‘where to stay’).

After the farm visits, we will have lunch and translocation back to the hotel, where we plan to arrive again at 15:00 o’clock.

Participation to this FIELD TRIP is exclusively for ISFC visitors only and completely free of charge. The Field Trip will be sponsored by Aardbeikwekerij Verpaalen and v/d Avoird Trayplant.

Conference Dinner

We celebrated our lustrum ISFC in 2015 with a conference dinner. At the request of many participants, we decided to organise this dinner again in 2016.

On Thursday evening we will organize this informal conference dinner, open for ISFC participants only. The conference dinner will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Nuland, starting at 19.30 hours.

For hotel details, please check at ‘where to stay’. Joining the conference dinner costs € 40,- per person. Registration is required to obtain access to the conference dinner. You can register for the dinner at the visitor registration form. We will deal with the registrations for the conference dinner in order or receipt.

Travel Info

Direction 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen
Oude Engelenseweg 1
5222 AA  ‘s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands


By car

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen is easy to reach by car, it is about one hour driving from Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Dan Haag, Bergen op Zoom, Venlo, Roermond, Rotterdam and Antwerpen.

A2 from Utrecht

Follow the instruction to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. When you are at the transition take the A59 in the direction Waalwijk – ‘s-Hertogenbosch Noord Centrum, and follow signs ‘Brabanthallen’. Take the exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centrum – Maaspoort – Brabanthallen. After that you take the exit and take the left road to the Maaspoortweg. Follow that road till the Zanduigerstraat, take the first road on your left tot the Diezenkade. After that you take the second exit on your right, the Oude Engelenseweg. On your right you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

A2 from Eindhoven

Follow the instruction to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Keep at exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centrum the right direction, Tilburg Centrum – ring ‘s-Hertogenbosch West. At the beginning of the village ‘s-Hertogenbosch take the Vughterweg. Keep left to Wilhelminaplein. At Wilhelminaplein go left twice. Follow that road to the Vlijmenseweg. Go right at Onderwijsboulevard. Go straight ahead to stay at the Onderwijsboulevard. Take at the interchange, the second exit to Copernicuslaan. At the Oude Vlijmenseweg go right. Follow that road to the Oude Engelenseweg. On your left you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

A2 from Nijmegen

Follow the instruction to ’s-Hertogenbosch – Heesch- Oss on the A-59. Follow the exit Rosmalen – Berlicum – ‘s-Hertogenbosch-Centrum and P+R Transferium. Follow the signs to s-Hertogenbosch – Centrum. Follow that way to De Grote Elst. Follow that way to Stadionlaan. When you arrived at the interchange go straight ahead. Follow that way to Aartshertogenlaan. Stay on that road till you reach the Orthenseweg and go left. Follow that way to Diezebrug. Go right at the Boschdijkstraat. The Boschdijkstraat turns slightly right and becomes Veemarktweg. Follow the road to Oude Engelenseweg. On your right you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

Public transport

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen is on a walking distance of the central station of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. You can reach 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen in about 12 minutes walking from the central station. When you are at the station take the exit ‘Brabanthallen’ and follow the signs ‘Brabanthallen’.

By taxi

regular taxi, please telephone the numbers below.
Taxi Centrale ‘s-Hertogenbosch –  0031 (0) 73-6145444
Vervoerservice Van Driel B.V. –  0031 (0) 73-5033333
Hein Tax  –  0031 (0) 6-14725296
AAA Voordeel Taxi –  0031 (0) 73-6330000
James Drivers Service Taxi B.V. –  0031 (0) 73-5220643 –  0031 (0) 73-5030500
073 Taxi –  0031 (0) 73-8504857

Where to stay?

You will find plenty of hotels in and around ’s Hertogenbosch. We did however agree special conditions with Hotel Nuland. If you want to stay in this hotel, you can download the reservation form here.
Please send the form directly to the hotel by mail or by fax +31 73 532 2860.

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