In August 2015 the XII International Protea Research Symposium and XVII International Protea Association Conference was held in Perth. This was combined with the International symposium on New Ornamental crops.
The conference was well attended with approximately 100 delegates from various countries attending and presented a networking opportunity for ornamental plant and flower producers and marketers, researchers and extension specialists to share experiences and knowledge.
The International Protea Association is an important forum for researchers from around the globe to present current research on Proteaceae species native to Australia and South Africa, and related plants, and to present the latest research focussed on developing new ornamental crops for world markets.
Four keynote speakers addressed the wildflower and ornamental community on innovations and new technologies associated with cut flower and pot plant production and postharvest management of Proteaceae and related wildflowers.
Delegates were taken to cut flower plantations in the Perth region as well as a tour of Kings Park, Perth’s Botanic Garden, as well as their research facility where breeding is being done.
Sixteen IPA conferences and 12 IPWG Symposia have been held in almost every Proteaceae producing part of the world including: Santiago, Chile; Lisbon, Portugal; Stellenbosch, South Africa; San Diego, California; Melbourne, Australia; Tenerife, Spain and Hawaii, USA and Perth. The next conference will be held in South Africa in 2017.