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Spanish Scientists Awarded for Research on Olive Cultivation

Oct. 30, 2014
Iván L. Gimeno

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Mercedes Campos and Mario Porcel were awarded the €5,000 prize at the sec­ond Scientific Research in Olives and Olive Oil Awards. (Photo: Europa Press)

The results of the sec­ond Scientific Research in Olives and Olive Oil Awards, spon­sored by the Caja Rural of Jaén Foundation, were announced dur­ing a con­fer­ence in the Andalusian cap­i­tal today. The Spanish sci­en­tific researchers Mercedes Campos and Mario Porcel were awarded the €5,000 prize.

Geolit, the tech­no­log­i­cal and sci­en­tific park of Jaén located in Mengíbar, was the venue of this event, whose jury decided to elect the research Bioecological Study of the Chrysopidae Family in Olive Orchards: a Population Growth and Conservation Perspective,” writ­ten by both sci­en­tists as the win­ning choice.

The sec­ond prize was granted to the work of three young Spanish sci­en­tists, Javier Sanz, Manuel David García and Manuel Barneo for their study Jaén´s Mountain Oliva Oil: Quality and Value Chain,” awarded with €2,000. Finally, the jury also decided to give a spe­cial men­tion to the research Prospective, Study and Evaluation of the Mosses as Vegetal Cover in Jaén´s Oliva Oil Fields,” writ­ten by the team com­posed by Susana Rams, Milagros Saavedra and Cristina Alcántara.

This is the sec­ond edi­tion of the awards, which are rec­og­nized in the Spanish olive oil indus­try. It is pro­moted by Caja Rural of Jaén Foundation to rec­og­nize stud­ies by researchers who are con­tribut­ing to advances in sci­en­tific knowl­edge related to the olive. It includes aspects such as how the elab­o­ra­tion process of the olive oil con­tributes to the social, eco­nomic and envi­ron­men­tal improve­ment of the coun­try

Aspects like the qual­ity and the adap­ta­tion of the method­ol­ogy in the research to obtain valid results, and their rel­e­vance to peo­ple and their use­ful­ness were key to select the win­ners. The jury was presided by Manuel Parras (rec­tor of the Jaén University) and included Francisco Molina (sec­re­tary of the Caja Rural of Jaén Foundation), Mercedes Fernández (head of the tech­ni­cal and chem­istry & stan­dard­iza­tion units of the International Olive Council), Gabriel Beltrán (in charge of the research depart­ment at IFAPA) and Carlos Piniña (rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Andalusian Agricultural Engineers College).

A con­fer­ence with the title Jaén´s Olive Oil and Sovena Group: Leading the Present and Building The Future,” was also con­ducted at the event by Luis Folqué..

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