Vanilla 2009 - Tentative Program 

Tuesday, November 10th:  Business of Vanilla Today 

   9:00-9:15    Opening Remarks

                 Daphna Havkin-Frenkel-Organizer 

   9:15-10:00   Vanilla’s Achilles’ Heel: Fusarium

                    Hank Kaestner

                   Dammann and Company

                    Oakland, New Jersey, USA 

10:00-10:45   Is Another Vanilla Crisis Inevitable?

                    Rick Brownell

                    Virginia Dare

                    Brooklyn, New York, USA 

10:45-11:00      Coffee Break 

11:00-12:00 High Costs and Fluctuation Prices: Major Impediments to the Growth of Vanilla in Mexico

                    Juan Hernández Hernández


                    Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz, Mexico 

12:00-1:30      Lunch 

1:30-2:00        Vanilla intensified cultivation program in French Polynesia: diseases management strategy and breeding program

                     Sandra Lepers-Andrzejewski

                     Etablissement Vanille de Tahiti 

2:00-3:00    Phytosanitary Constraints on Bourbon Vanilla: Past and Present Situations and Perspectives for Control

                    Michel Grisoni

                    CIRAD, UMR-PVBMT

                    La Réunion, France 

3:00-3:30   What will the Flavor Industry do without Vanilla?


3:30-4:30  Roundtable Discussion: Role of breeding in Vanilla Survival 

5:00-6:30  Poster Presentation and Cocktail Hour 

Wednesday, November 11th: Vanilla Disease Around the World  

9:00-9:30    An Overview of Vanilla Production in Australia

                    Richard Exeley

                    Australian Vanilla Bean

                    Karama, Australia  

9:30 - 10:15 Mycorrhizal Relationships of Wild Vanilla Plants and their Implications for Vanilla Cultivation

                  Paul Bayman

                  University of Puerto Rico

                   Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 

10:15-10:45  Coffee Break 

10:45-11:45 Genomic Approaches to Crop Improvement in Vanilla planifolia:  An International Progress Report

                 Sharman D. O’Neill

                 University of California

                 Davis, California, USA 

11:45-12:30 Hazards of Monoculture. Does it apply to cultivated vanilla?

               Chaim Frenkel

              Rutgers University

             New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

12:30-2:00    Lunch 

2:00-3:00   How Safe is Your Vanilla? Microbiological Considerations

                Arvind S. Ranadive

              Premier Vanilla, Inc.

              East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 

3:00-3:30   Vanilla: It’s all a Matter of Taste

                Patrick J Dunphy

              Flavour and Vanilla Consultant

              Wellingborough, Northants., UK 

3:30-4:00   Coffee Break 

4:00-5:00   Roundtable Discussion: How can we prevent the   immediate spread of Fusarium sp to vanilla plantation around the world?