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Industry Snapshot: Vanilla 2009 Conference Day 1

Contact Author Rick Brownell, Virginia Dare
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Vanilla 2009, the fourth biannual conference was held recently in Jamesburg, New Jersey. The conference was organized by Daphna Havkin-Frenkel of Bakto Flavors and Rutgers University, together with Faith Belanger, Rutgers University; Juan Hernandez Hernadez, Mexico’s National Institute of Forests, Agriculture and Fisheries (INIFAP); and Michel Grisoni, Biological Systems Department of CIRAD (Reunion Island).

The conference was themed “Vanilla Diseases” in response to recent reports of widespread Fusarium among vanilla vines in Madagascar—a region that has historically produced about 70% of the world supply of vanilla beans. Clearly, it addressed both the causes of and possible solutions to vanilla disease, including physical remedies, biological controls and genome enabled technologies.