International Soft Fruit Conference – Thursday 11 January 2018

BVB Substrates and Delphy held the eighth ‘International Soft Fruit Conference’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. The ISFC 2018 included a range of presentations that covered many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to the presentations we had an exhibition where 90 soft fruit related companies and organizations presented their newest developments and services. With 750 attendees, originating from over 40 different countries, the ISFC 2018 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 eighth International Soft Fruit Conference into a big success!


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International Soft Fruit Conference 2019
10 and 11 January 2019


Participation at the International Soft Fruit Conference costs € 100,- pp (incl VAT). This includes lunch and beverages during the entire day. After registering you will automatically be linked through to the payment procedure. You will receive a confirmation and a visitor pass by mail. Please print your visitor pass and bring it with you to the conference.

Unregistered visitors will be charged € 150,- to be paid cash at the entrance.

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11 January 2018

We are now finalizing the speakers program. Following presentations are already confirmed.

8:00 – 8:45

Arrival of guests and visit exhibition

8:45 – 9:00

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

9:00 – 9:30

View of Totalproduce on the soft fruit world, trends, expectations from growers, innovations.
Drew Reynolds, Technical & Business Development Director, Total Produce UK

9:30 – 10:00

Tracking the blackberry mite – Phenological observations and control.
Matthias Bernhart, IP consultant, Landratsamt Ortenaukreis

10:00 – 11:00

Break and visit exhibition

11.00 – 11:30

Introduction: Strategies to develop effective, innovative and practical approaches to protect major European fruit crops from pests and pathogens
Neil Audsley, Fera Science Ltd., UK – DROPSA

Integrated pest management of Drosophila suzukii.
Nicola Mori, Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment – University of  Padova, Italy – DROPSA

Biocontrol of Drosophila suzukii.
Marc Kenis, CABI, Switzerland – DROPSA

11.30 – 11:45

Spotless strawberry plants: how to keep them free from Xanthomonas?
Dr Jan M. van der Wolf, DROPSA / Bacteriologist, Wageningen University & Research

11.45 – 12:00

Diseases of blueberry and disease management strategies.
Dalphy O.C. Harteveld, Wageningen University & Research, Research Unit Fruit

12.00 – 14:00

Lunch and visit exhibition

14.00 – 14:15

Effect of (artificial) light on soft fruit
Lisanne Schuddebeurs, Researcher, Delphy

14.15 – 14:30

Say goodbeye to gut feelings, start leveraging your data.
Guidelines for financial analysis of your farm
M.P. Man MSc MBA  Manager Tuinbouw / strategisch sparringpartner fruitteelt, ABAB

14.30 – 14:45

Evolution of the everbearer: results of today and the opportunities of tomorrow
Bart Jongenelen BSc, Researcher Strawberry, Delphy

14.45 – 15:00

Improve yield by proper storage of long canes
Gondy Heijerman BSc, Senior Researcher Soft Fruit, Delphy

15.00 – 15:50

Break and visit exhibition

15.50 – 16:00

Looking back: what happened last five years?”
Willem van Eldik, Senior Advisor, Delphy

16.00 – 16:15

The correct diagnosis for your plant material with the use of diagnostics and DNA multiscan.
Trudie Coenen, PlantDoctor at BLGG AgroXpertus

16.15 – 16:25

Plant resilience starts already at propagation
Mark van der Werf, Natugro Consultant, Koppert Biological Systems

16.25 – 16:40

IPM approach for thrips control in strawberry: predatory mites, side-effects and monitoring.
Marieke Vervoort, Researcher Strawberry, Research centre Hoogstraten (Belgium)

16.40 – 16:50

Thrips biological control in strawberries and other soft fruit
Jurgen Verheyen, Crop specialist berries, Biobest

16.50 – 17:00

Preview of Field Trip
Willem van Eldik, Senior Advisor, Delphy (NL)

17.00 – 18:00

DROPSA Drosophila suzukii Session

Managing pathways of pest and disease introduction.
John Mumford, Professor of Natural Resource Management, Imperial College, London (UK)

Toxic baits for the control of Drosophila suzukii.
Herman Helsen, Fruit entomologist, Wageningen University and Research (Nl)

Pesticide-free crop protection with self-limiting fruit flies.
Carlos Pedraz, Senior Research Scientist, Oxitec Ltd (UK)

Comparison of traps and attractants for Drosophila suzukii monitoring in North-East Italy.
Lorenzo Tonina, Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and Environment, University of Padua (Italy)


Willem van Eldik, Senior Advisor, Delphy (Nl)
Eric Boot, BVB Substrates / Campag GmbH & Co KG / Swissgrow AG (Nl)

Conference Dinner

Like the previous years, we will organize a conference dinner again in 2018. This conference dinner will take place on Thursday evening after the conference and will be open for ISFC participants only.

The conference dinner will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Vught (please note that this is NOT the same location as before), starting at 19.30 hours.

For hotel details, please check at ‘where to stay’. Joining the conference dinner costs € 45,- 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?

The Van der Valk Hotel in Vught, where we will have our conference dinner, is now fully boooked.

As alternative, we made special agreements with vd Valk in Nuland, which is a 10 minutes’ drive from Vught.

If you want to stay in this hotel, profiting from our special rates, you can download the reservation form here.

Our Field trip on Friday will start from hotel Van der Valk in Vught.