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Olive Pests and Disease Will Be Focus of International Conference in October

May. 6, 2021
Jasmina Nevada

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The International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control’s (IOBC-WPRS) ninth annual con­fer­ence on the inte­grated pro­tec­tion of olive crops will take place in Lisbon from October 26 to 29.

The main aim of this con­fer­ence is to pro­mote the exchange of infor­ma­tion and strengthen the col­lab­o­ra­tion between peo­ple from acad­e­mia, indus­try and farm­ing with com­mon inter­ests in bio­log­i­cal and inte­grated con­trol of pests, dis­eases and weeds in the olive crop,” said Paula Baptista, the event’s orga­nizer and a researcher at the Bragança Polytechnic Institute.

This con­fer­ence will con­tribute to the dis­cus­sion on the lat­est find­ings on olive tree pro­tec­tion, strength­en­ing the trans­fer of sci­en­tific knowl­edge to end-users.- Paula Baptista, researcher, Bragança Polytechnic Institute

Baptista told Olive Oil Times that about 100 par­tic­i­pants from across the Mediterranean region will attend the event, which will include sci­en­tific pre­sen­ta­tions, in-depth dis­cus­sions and a one-day visit to olive groves and mills.

There will also be a short work­shop fea­tur­ing key top­ics related to the inte­grated pro­tec­tion of olive crops, exhibits from lead­ing sup­pli­ers and prizes for stu­dents and early-career sci­en­tists.

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The con­fer­ence pro­gram was designed to cover the most recent results of research on top­ics rang­ing from basic knowl­edge to applied research,” she said. This con­fer­ence will con­tribute to the dis­cus­sion on the lat­est find­ings on olive tree pro­tec­tion, strength­en­ing the trans­fer of sci­en­tific knowl­edge to end-users.”

Among the top­ics cov­ered at the event will be the impacts of cli­mate change and new tech­nolo­gies for pest and dis­ease con­trol on olive pro­duc­tion.

The event will also focus on imple­ment­ing and exe­cut­ing inte­grated pest man­age­ment and dis­ease con­trol strate­gies, includ­ing soil man­age­ment, organic method­olo­gies and tar­geted and wide­spread con­tain­ment tech­niques.

There will also be pre­sen­ta­tions on bio­log­i­cal and biotech­ni­cal con­trol of olive pests and dis­eases. Among the top­ics cov­ered in this sec­tion will be nat­ural preda­tors to dis­ease vec­tors, mol­e­c­u­lar tools and biopes­ti­cides.

Baptista hopes the con­fer­ence will enhance coop­er­a­tion among all the mem­bers of the olive sec­tor with a spe­cific empha­sis on pro­tect­ing crops while min­i­miz­ing their envi­ron­men­tal impact, pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity through­out the pro­duc­tion chain and ulti­mately yield­ing a higher-qual­ity end prod­uct.

The two pre­vi­ous edi­tions of the bien­nial event were held in Italy and Greece. Baptista said that Portugal was a nat­ural choice for the orga­niz­ers due to its rapidly trans­form­ing olive pro­duc­tion land­scape.

She added that this year’s event is likely to dif­fer from pre­vi­ous ones due to its increased focus on the impact of cli­mate change on olive pests and dis­eases.

While the event will not take place until the autumn, sub­mis­sions to the event are open until July 15. More details on the con­fer­ence pro­gram as it devel­ops may be found here.


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