International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
The People’s Government of Beijing Municipality
Chinese Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS)
Beijing Academy of Agricultural & Forestry Sciences (BAAFS)
Cherry Section, Chinese Society for Horticultural Science

Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau

Shunyi Gardening and Greening Bureau

Photo Gallery Cherry 2021
Welcome Message
What's New
Important Dates for Presenting Authors



Dear colleague,

We are very regretted to announce that the 9th International Cherry Symposium, which scheduled in May 2021 in Beijing, China, will be postponed to May 21 to 25, 2023 due to the global situation of COVID-19. The Symposium is organized by ISHS, People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, Chinese Society of Horticulture Science, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, and People’s Government of Shunyi District, Beijing.

The 9th International Cherry Symposium will be held both on-line and off-line and hopefully be an International Platform for experts and scholars to exchanges in cherry sciences and technologies. We believe that the epidemics will be controlled by efforts of international society, and international exchanges and traveling will be recovered to certain level in 2023, we will try our best accordingly to provide you a safe and convenient environment for your participating personally in the event in Beijing. For those who can not attend it in person, we will provide you with a platform of video conference and invite you to give presentation and exchange with others on-line.

The main topics of the 9th International Cherry Symposium will include: current status and development of Cherry industry; genetics, breeding and biotechnologies; production and orchard management; physiological disorder; pest and diseases control; postharvest technologies, storage and processing; as well as marketing and trading and so on. A technical tour to orchards in Beijing will be arranged during the event.

  • S1: Current Status and Development of Cherry Industry
  • S2: Experience Communication of Cherry Cultivation
  • S3: Germplasm and Biodiversity
  • S4: Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnologies
  • S5: Breeding, Rootstocks and Varieties Evaluation
  • S6: Nursery and Propagation
  • S7: Production and Orchard Management
  • S8: Mechanization, Precision and Digital Cultivation
  • S9: Green House Cultivation
  • S10: Plant Nutrition, Fertilization and Soil Management
  • S11: Water Physiology and Irrigation
  • S12: Floral and Fruit Development Biology, Fruit Quality and Health Related Issues
  • S13: Abiotic Stresses and Physiological Disorders
  • S14: Pest and Diseases Control
  • S15: Organic Farming
  • S16: Postharvest Technologies, Storage and Processing
  • S17: Marketing and Economics
  • S18: Cherry History and Culture

We sincerely invite you and your colleagues to come to China to participate in the 9th International Cherry Symposium. Your presentation and its abstract are valuable to the symposium and earlier submission be highly appreciated. Please visit our official website: to get more information about the dead-line of submission of the abstract or full text paper, including submission time, channel and concreate requirements.

Meanwhile, commercial sponsorship by your friends and related enterprises are welcome and highly appreciated and please write to the Organization Committee.

Please see the Official Website to get more information about the 9th Cherry Symposium.

Thanks a lot for your kind cooperation,

Looking forward to hearing from you, soon,

Kaichun ZHANG,

Convener of the 9th International Cherry Symposium.


  • Gregory A. Lang, Michigan State University, USA: Future Advances in Sweet Cherry Research and Production Technologies
  • Lugli, Stefano, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy: Varietal Innovation of the Cherry Tree in the World
  • Lynn E. Long, Oregon State University, USA, An Overview of the Most Important New Cherry Rootstocks in the World
  • Mirko Schuster, Institute for Breeding Research on Fruit Crops, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Germany: Interspecific Prunus Hybrids as New Sources for the Sweet and Sour Cherry Breeding
  • Li Tianhong, China Agriculture University, China: Metabolomic and transcriptomic analysis unveils the critical role of hemicellulose and pectin metabolism in fruit softening of sweet cherries (Prunus avium L.)
  • Kaichun Zhang, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS), China: Current Status and Development of Cherry Industry
  • Husnu Demirsoy, Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Horticulture, Turkey: A Glance at cherry in the world
  • Xiao-rong Wang, College of Horticulture1, Institute of Pomology and Olericulture2, Sichuan Agricultural University, China: Chinese Cherry (Prunus pseudocerasus/Cerasus pseudocerasus): Native Germplasm and Breeding in China
  • Jiye Yan, Institute of Plant and Environment Protection, Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (BAAFS), China: Current Status and Trends of Cherry Fungal diseases Management in China
  • Jung Hyun Kwon, National Institute of Horticultural & Herbal Science, Republic of Korea: Present and prospect of cherry industry in Republic of Korea
  • Filipa Queirós, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P., Portugal: Insect pollination improves fruit set, yield and fruit quality of commercial sweet cherry
  • Martin Penzel, Germany: Cherry tree performance in response to varying soil apparent electrical conductivity within the rooting zone
  • Jianzu Wang, Ministry of Science and Technology, China: Cherry History and Culture in China
(the list is continuously updating …)

Photo Gallery Cherry 2021

The organizing commitee is pleased to invite you to attend the 9th International Cherry Symposium (Cherry2021), which will be held from May 21 to 25, 2023, in Beijing City in China.

Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, is the country's political, cultural, international communication, and scientific the technological innovation centre. With a long history and splendid culture, Beijingis one of China's first famous historical and cultural cities, and the city that houses the most world cultural heritage in the world, such as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, etc.

Shunyi District, where 9th International Cherry Symposium 2021 will be held, is located in Northeast of Beijing City, 30 km away from downtown. It's the location of Capital International Airport, and one of important cherry production places in Beijing. Over 4,000 ha sweet cherry has been developed in Beijing suburban, which provide tourism and leisure mainly for the city residents.

The Cherry Development In China

1. About China

China, one of the four ancient civilizations in the world, with a long history for more than 5000 years is the world's second largest economy, the world's largest trading country, the world's largest agricultural country, as well as largest total grain producer and also is one of the fastest growing countries in the world. China is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

China is located in the East Asia and the West Bank of the Pacific Ocean, with a land area of more than 9.6 million square kilometers and is the third largest country in the world in area and with a sea area of about 3 million square kilometers. China is the largest country in population in the world with a population for about 1.4 billion.

China is a unified multi-ethnic country composed of 56 ethnic groups with 34 provincial-level administrative regions, in which there are 23 provinces including Taiwan Province, 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities directly under the central government and 2 special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macao. The capital is Beijing.

2. Current situation of cherry industry in China.

(1) Cultivation area, yield and variety of cherry in China

Chinese cherries (Prunus pseudocerasus) has been cultivated for more than 2500 years in China. Sweet cherries (P. avium), originated from Europe and West Asia, were introduced into China in 1871 and first started plantation in Yantai, Shandong Province. Now they have been generally referred to as ‘cherries’ and have become the main cultivated varieties in China. In just a few decades, China has become the world's largest producer and consumer of sweet cherries, with the cherry acreage and import volume ranking first in the world. Sour cherries (P. cerasus) are scattered cultivated and area is very small.

The cultivation area of cherry in China now is 0.2667 million ha with the total production of 1,700,000 tons, among which 0.2333 million ha of sweet cherry and 13,333 ha of greenhouse sweet cherry. More than 500 germplasm resources were collected and preserved, with 30~50 mainly cultivated varieties, including ‘Hongdeng’, ‘Hongmi’, ‘Крпноплолоная’, ‘Tieton’, ‘Brooks’, ‘Van’, ‘Rainier’, ‘Lapins’, ‘Summit’, ‘Sunburst’, ‘Regina’, etc.. More than 40 new sweet cherry varieties and 10 rootstock varieties have been independently released recently. ‘Hongdeng’ accounts for 40% of the total area of sweet cherry cultivation in China. Rootstocks mainly include Chinese cherry (Prunus pseudocerasus), mountain cherry (P. serrulata), sour cherry (P. cerasus), Mahal (P. mahaleb) and their interspecific hybrids, such as Gisela 6 have better application prospects. The main provinces and cities of cherry production in China are Shandong, Shaanxi, Liaoning, Gansu, Beijing, etc.

Main production areas of cherry in China
Countries and time of Chinese import of Cherry

(2) Import trade of cherries in China

China imported 0.186 million tons of cherries from April 2018 to March 2019, according to the data of the Chinese General Administration of customs, a year-on-year increase of 83%. The total amount of imports reached US $1.29 billion, a year-on-year increase of 68%. The total amount of imports exceeded that of durian, ranking the first in fruit import.

The main sources of cherry imports in China are from Chile, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. The largest source was Chile, with a total import of 0.163 million tons, followed by the America with 14,000 tons, and Canada of 5,000 tons in 2018.

Main countries and quantity of cherry imported to China

3. The development of cherry industry in Beijing

(1) About Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China, the National Center of politics, culture, innovation and international exchanges, with more than 20 million residents, ranking the second large city in population in China. Beijing, which is one of the 'four ancient capitals' in China, has a long history over 3,000 years in its construction and has 850 years of capital history. Beijing has an area of more than 16,000 square kilometers and governs 16 districts. Beijing has a warm temperate and semi-humid continental monsoon climate. The summer is hot and rainy, the winter is cold and dry, with short spring and autumn, and the average annual temperature about 10 to 12 ℃ in Beijing.

(2) Current status of cherry development in Beijing

Cherry is one of the most popular fruits in Beijing. By the end of 2019, the total area of cherry cultivation in Beijing is more than 4,000 ha, with a total output of 18,700 tons which values of RMB 427 million. It is one of the most profit industries in the city so there are totally 4,000 people directly engaged in cherry production in Beijing.

The mainly cultivated varieties are ‘Крпноплолоная’, ‘Hongmi’, ‘Hongyan’, ‘Hongdeng’, ‘Brooks’, ‘Summit’, ‘Van’, ‘Tieton’, ‘Rainier’, ‘Lapins’ and so on. Generally, the maturity period is from mid to late May to late June.

In future, we will try to achieve a goal of 6,000~7,500 Kg/ ha for open field and 11,250~15,000 Kg/ ha for greenhouse in the cherry industry in Beijing with the new cultivar introduction and new orchard management technology application, including soil improvement, new training system, bird and hail preventions, as well as post harvest commercialization treatments.

Announcement / What's New

Visa Information

For international visitors, please check if you require a visa to enter P.R. China on the Chinese Visas website.
If you do need a visa, we strongly recommend that you start the application process as soon as possible.

If you need a letter of invitation from this conference, please contact and provide the following information:

1) Your full name (as it appears in your travel documents)

2) Your date of birth, gender, nationality, passport number

3) Your institution name and address

4) Your position at your institution

5) Your tentative travel dates (including arrival and departure)

Dear Participants Who Use Flight, Please Pay Attentions

When you arrive Beijing Airport, please find a Shuttle Bus to go Shunyi Station (Beijing).You can take bus, or subway. If you meet some troubles, please contact with us, We are pleased to offer help for you.

Important Dates & Schedules

Cherry Symposium 2021

Important Dates

2021 Nov 1 Abstract submission start
2022 Oct 1 Deadline for Abstract submission
Full text paper (for Acta Horiculturae) submission start
2023 Jan 15 Deadline for Full text paper (for Acta Horiculturae) submission
2023 Mar 1 Deadline for Full text paper (for Acta Horiculturae) modification


Venue & Travel


Since the conference address has not been determined, the above three location options are temporarily provided. Once the location is determined, we will update it in time, thank you !

Fulltext Manuscript Submission

Guidelines For Abstract Submission

We provide two entrances for Abstract/Full text submission, namely ISHS online submission system and Cherries 2021 submission system. You are required to submit your abstract/full text in the former system and then in the latter system.

Step A: ISHS online submission system

Abstracts have to be submitted via the ISHS online submission tool. A valid ISHS user account is required in order to submit the abstract. If you are currently not an ISHS member, please proceed to new member ( first and pay to activate your user account prior to submitting an abstract. You will then be entitled to register to the symposium at the 'ISHS member' rate. An abstract in English, limited to 300 words in a single paragraph, is required in all cases. For more information about online submission of abstracts, please see PDF:

online submission authors guide.pdf. Send your abstract to ISHS online submission system.[Click here!]

Each participant can submit no more than two abstracts. Convener of the symposium will evaluate your abstract. A notification of acceptance/rejection of the abstract will be sent to you via e-mail.

ISHS Young Minds Award. Two Young Mind Awards for junior scientists will be given the best oral presentation and the best poster presented during the symposium. For more details, please visit

Step B: Cherries 2021 submission system

Send your abstract to Cherries 2021 submission system. [Click here!]

Guidelines For Fulltext Manuscript Submission

All oral presenters, including invited and keynote speakers, must submit a manuscript for Acta Horticulturae. If this is not agreed to by the author(s), the work can be presented as a poster instead. Authors of posters are welcome to submit their manuscript for Acta Horticulturae but posters cannot be published as such. For guidelines and instructions on how to prepare your manuscript for publication in Acta Horticulturae. Please see

Fulltext manuscript submission will be accepted only via ISHS online submitting tool.

The web address of submitting tool has been informed on the e-mail of abstract acceptance. Please check e-mail you recieved.

Important Dates

Presenting authors need to complete the registration first. Please complete your payments for the registration. We will only include the abstracts from the researchers who have registered and paid. Please make sure that those of you who registered and do not plan to make presentations also need to finalize the payments as soon as possible.

2021 Nov 1 Abstract submission start
2022 Oct 1 Deadline for Abstract submission
Full text paper (for Acta Horiculturae) submission start
2023 Jan 15 Deadline for Full text paper (for Acta Horiculturae) submission
2023 Mar 1 Deadline for Full text paper (for Acta Horiculturae) modification


Registration Fee (in USD)

Category Before May 1,2023 After May 1,2023
In person participant

Participant(member of ISHS)

500 600
Participant(non-member ISHS) 600 700
student(member of ISHS) 250 300
student(non-member ISHS) 350 440
Domestic Participant 2000RMB 2500RMB
On line participant

Oral or poster communication

250 300
No Abstract Handbook and Acta Horticulturae (proceeding) 120 150

1. Registration Fee: provides attendees with one copy of abstract handbook during the symposium and one copy of the Acta Horticulturae (proceeding) that is published and distributed post event.

2. You will need your ISHS membership number ( to receive the reduced registration fees.

3. For students, a certificate confirming student status is required to be submitted as a scanned copy to the Secretariat office at the registration. You will need your ISHS membership number ( to receive the reduced registration fees.

4. Accompanying person is limited one person for one Participant.

5. Please pay registration fee first before finishing your registration.

Registration Cancellation Policy and Refunds

Cancellations notified in writing by April 15, 2023will be refundable minus an administrative fee of 50 USD incurred during the refund process. After this date, refunds are no longer available.

Payment Methods

Bank transfer

Account Title: Beijing Academy of Agricultural & Forestry Sciences

Account Number: 0200007609014446206

Bank Name: INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA (Zizhuyuan Branch, Beijing)

Remark/Reference/Note: cherries2021+Your Name


Cherry2021 Committees

The symposium will be organized by International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), Chinese Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS) , and Beijing Municipal People's Government, and supported by Beijing Academy of Agricultural & Forestry Sciences (BAAFS), Shunyi Municipal People's Government, Cherry Section, Chinese Society for Horticultural Science, and Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau.


Kaichun Zhang (Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences)

Tianhong Li (China Agriculture University)

Guohua Yan (Cherry Section, Chinese Society for Horticultural Science)

Organizing Committee

Zhenhai Han (Chinese Society for Horticultural Science)

Beijing Gardening and Greening Bureau

Shunyi Gardening and Greening Bureau

Beijing Academy of Pomology & Forestry Sciences

Qingzhong Liu (Shandong Pomology Institute)

Yuliang Cai (Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University)

Fengrong Pan (Dalian Academy of Agriculture Sciences)

Fuxing Zhang (Yantai Academy of Agriculture Sciences)

Scientific Committee


Prof. Lang Gregory (Michigan State University)


Dugald Close (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania)


Jozef Vercammen (PCFRUIT)


Herman Silva (University of Chile)

Marlene Ayala (Catholic University of Chile)


José Quero Garcia (INRA)


Mirko Schuster (Julius Kühn-Institut)


Sjaak Walraven (Tree nursery Fleuren)


Karoly Hrotko (Szent Istvan University)


Stefano Lugli (University Di Blogna)


Ryutaro Tao (Lab. of Pomology, Grad. Scho. of Agric., Kyoto)

Hideki Murayama (Yamagata University)

Kenji Beppu (Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University)


Cheol Choi (Kyungpook National University)

Daeil Kim (Chungbuk National University)

Nam Eun Young (National Institute of Horticultural & Herbal Science)


Daina Feldmane (Institute of Horticulture)


Vidmantas Bendokas (Institute of Horticulture, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry)


Malgorzata Korbin (Research Institute of Horticulture)

Edward Zurawicz (Research Institute of Horticulture)

Elzbieta Rozpara (Research Institute of Horticulture)


Florin Stanica (Bucharest University of agriculture and veterinary medicine)


Manuel Joaquín Serradilla (CICYTEX)


Husnu Demirsoy (Ondokuz Mayıs University)


Amy Iezzoni (Michigan State University)

Lynn E. Long (Oregon State University)

Matthew Whiting (Washington State University)

Tersia Marcos (IFG)


Kaichun Zhang (Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences)

Zhenhai Han (Chinese Society for Horticultural Science)

Tianhong Li (China Agriculture University)

Qingzhong Liu (Shandong Pomology Institute)

Fengrong Pan (Dalian Academy of Agriculture Sciences)

Ming Li (Zhengzhou Pomology Institute, China Academy of Agriculture Sciences)

Yuliang Cai (Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University)

Fuxing Zhang (Yantai Academy of Agriculture Sciences)

Guohua Yan (Cherry Section, Chinese Society for Horticultural Science)



Dear Colleagues,

9th International Cherry Symposium will be rescheduled to may 21th-25th, 2023, for new symposium program, please pay attention to update information on the home page.

We hope everyone stay safe, and looking forward to see you at the symposium in 2023 in Beijing.

Organizing Committees


Sweet Cherry Growing In China

Sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) was firstly introduced into China in 1871. Being the earliest ripening perennial deciduous fruit tree in north China, it is very valuable for early season fruit market supply, and now becomes the main cultivated Prunus L. species in China. With rapid development of China's economy, an explosive growth of sweet cherry cultivation area and production has occurred in the past two decades.


Main Cultivation Regions and Production

Major commercial sweet cherry orchards in China are located in Bohai Bay region (divided into four
sub-regions: Shandong Peninsula, South Liaoning, mid-south of Shandong and Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan-Qinhuangdao) and along the Longhai railway line (divided into three sub-regions: Henan, south Shaanxi and east of Gansu).


The Major Cultivars in Commercial Orchard

Themajor cultivars in commercial orchard in China include Hongdeng, Крупноплодная, Tieton, Brooks, Van, Rainier, Lapins, Summit, Sunburst, Regina,etc. Hongdeng is the most popular native cultivar in China, which has many attractive traits such as early maturity (Burlat +2~3), red color, larger fruit size(8g),higher SSC and tasty flavor.


Cherry Production in Greenhouse

Unbeatable advantages of sweet cherry cultivation in greenhouse are early ripening and early season market supply, from early March to early May. Greenhouse provides better conditions for tree growth and thus produces cherries with better quality and higher yield than those in open fields for the same cultivars. Greenhouse cherry area has achieved over 10,000 ha presently.