Originally scheduled to be held at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa, Pismo Beach, California, the Symposium was moved to an online web conferencing remote format due to global pandemic circumstances.
Nearly 80 online attendees participated in this one-day Symposium, which included four topic sessions and fifteen invited speakers representing public and private sectors. The structure of the symposium involved short (15 min) presentations followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience participation period, in each of the following topic areas:
CONSUMER PREFERENCES AND MARKETING TRENDS
BREEDING LETTUCE FOR THE FUTURE
POSTHARVEST AND SAFETY
Moderated group panel discussions were held after each session.
The primary goal of this symposium was to convey key results from the Genes to Growers (G2G) project to lettuce breeders, growers, shippers and marketers and to hear from those stakeholders what they view as the future needs for maintaining the production and delivery of high quality and diverse lettuce products to consumers. About half of the speakers were researchers in the G2G project and half were from other universities or from private industry. Symposium attendees actively participated in discussions and sessions, helping to ensure that future projects will address critical traits or characteristics that will be important for the optimal lettuce of the future.
This event was funded by the Specialty Crops Research Initiative of the USDA National Research Initiative with co-PIs Richard Michelmore and Kent Bradford and our SPONSORS. We are grateful to the following companies and organizations for their generous support:
(Monday, March 9, 2020)
FUTURE OF LETTUCE MEETING TO BE HELD SOLELY ONLINE due to COVID-19 situation.
The Future of Lettuce
A Symposium organized by the Genes to Growers Project*
This is a remote (online only) meeting • March 16, 2020
Convening experts in lettuce breeding, production, post-harvest handling, safety, marketing, and consumer preferences to envision the future of lettuce.
On behalf of The Future of Lettuce Symposium organizing committee, we invite your participation in the 2020 meeting being held on March 16, 2020.
Thank you to Symposium Sponsors
*Genes to Growers project funded by the Specialty Crops Research Initiative of the USDA National Research Initiative
California Leafy Greens Conference to be held the day following Symposium
CALIFORNIA LEAFY GREENS RESEARCH PROGRAM
Annual Research Conference
Tuesday, March 17, 2020