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Fruit for the Future 2018

Industry event
19 July 2018, 3pm to 6.35pm, Free
at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA
for farmers, agronomists, food and drink industries and scientists
Fruit for the Future event logo

Fruit for the Future is one of the James Hutton Institute’s most successful and long-running industry events and is aimed at farmers, agronomists, representatives of the food and drink industries, scientists and others interested in soft fruit.

Following the success of last year's return to the more traditional "evening fruit walk", we'll repeat the format this year. We prefer to take advantage of the season and deliver outdoor demos in the field and walk through the raspberry, blackberry and blueberry plots. The scientific talks/presentations and project updates are still an essential part of our soft fruit events programme so these are now the focus of our SSCR Soft Fruit Winter Meetings held in February of each year.

Please note earlier start and finish times.

Programme (amended)

3.00pm Registration and SWD Clinic drop off

3.15pm Welcome

3.30pm Introduction to Plant Health Centre

3.45pm Tour of the demo and trial plots

6.00pm SSCR prize draw

6.05pm Raspberry selection taste test and cream tea

Demonstrations, displays and dialogue

  • Progress from the raspberry breeding programme and an introduction to blackberry breeding
  • An introduction to the new Plant Health Centre
  • EU H2020 "Goodberry" – multi-actor approach into improving the stability of high-quality traits of berry crops.
  • Intelligent Growth Solutions Demo
  • Know Your Enemy: vine weevil
  • Raspberry Taste Test - the results of 2017's taste test will be published here shortly.

Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Clinic

Launched at Fruit for the Future 2016, we're continuing to run our SWD Clinic, which forms part of the UK SWD monitoring project jointly funded by RESAS and AHDB, and invite growers to submit a maximum of two samples of soft fruit from their own farms for testing. There will be no charge for this.

If you would like your fruit tested for the presence of SWD, please bring approximately 200g of fruit (raspberries, strawberries, cherries etc.) to the event. *All fruit should be presented in a clear, sealed plastic bag and delivered on arrival at the James Hutton Institute. The SWD team will take your sample where it will be given an individual number and securely stored for testing. Email contact details will be required so that the result of the test can be sent to you in confidence.

*Freshly picked, i.e. no earlier than the day before the event and chilled

We look forward to seeing you (and your fruit!) at the event.

Alison Dolan

CPD Points

A total of 3 BASIS Points will be available to attendees.


The event is being held at the James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie and directions can be found below.


Registration is now open! While pre-registration is not essential, we do recommend booking your place in advance so that enough catering can be ordered. It also speeds things up on arrival to the event. Bookings are being made online. Please book your place by clicking the link below:

Register here


If you have any queries, please contact: Pam Cassidy, Events Co-ordinator, The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA. Email:, Tel:01382 568 751.

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