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Fruit for the Future 2020

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Days Until
Industry event
24 August 2020, time TBC, Free
for farmers, agronomists, food and drink industries and researchers
Fruit for the Future is the Institute's long-running soft fruit-themed event

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, researchers and others interested in soft fruit.

In recognition of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the 2020 event will take place virtually, with updates about new research and varieties delivered through online videos over the course of a week, starting on Monday 24th August.

The event will feature an introduction from Dr Jonathan Snape, head of James Hutton Limited, the Institute's commercial subsidiary, and Peter Thomson, chair of the Scottish Society for Crop Research (SSCR) Soft Fruit Committee, followed by updates on each of the soft fruit breeding programmes: raspberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, blackberries and the all-new honeyberries.

There will be announcements about new and upcoming soft fruit varieties, plus a virtual Q&A session at the end of the week, offering the chance to interact with fruit breeders.

To register for the event and receive details on how to join the Fruit for the Future 2020 virtual programme, please email

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