The main aim of this meeting is to set up a forum that will enable 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 olive crop. World-renowned experts, growers, major associations, technology companies and policymakers, will present and discuss about the latest research, concerns, practical challenges encountered and strategies adopted for effectively managing these constrains in olive crop.
The meeting will include scientific sessions (oral and poster sessions, plenary discussions), a one-day visit to olive groves and mills, a short workshop featuring expert addressing hot topics in the Integrated Protection of olive crops, exhibits from leading IPM suppliers, and several social events (welcome reception, coffee breaks, lunch breaks and gala dinner) for a more informal dialogue and exchange of ideas between the participants. A range of interactive events and prizes will be also available to appeal to students and early-career scientists’ in this field.
The main topics covered at this event are:
1) Olive crop production under a changing scenario
. Effect of climate change on olive pests and diseases
. New technologies in monitoring of olive pests and diseases
. Information technology, remote sensing and models for olive pest and disease management
2) Integrated Pest Management of olive pests and diseases
. Chemical control of olive pests and diseases
. Soil management and olive crop protection
. Molecular approaches in olive crop IPM: from basic knowledge to practical applications
. Perspectives in pest and disease management in organic olive production
. Weed control in olive orchards
. Area-wide management of pests and diseases in olive crops
. Side effects of chemicals in pest and disease management
. Cultural practices and sustainability in the olive crop environment
3) Biological and biotechnological control of olive pests and diseases
. Natural enemies and biocontrol agents
. Biopesticides, biofungicides and biostimulants
. Semiochemicals in the olive crop protection
. Olive ecosystem microbiome: challenges and opportunities
. Biodiversity in olive orchards and conservation biological control strategies
. Novel molecular tools in the olive crop protection: challenges and opportunities
. Biocontrol efficacy in the olive crop protection: challenges and opportunities
. Combined use of biological and chemical control in olive pest and disease management
The meeting will be organized under the auspices of the International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC), Associação Portuguesa de Horticultura (APH), Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB), Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) and Centro Operativo e Tecnológico Hortofrutícola Nacional (COTHN).
Due to the incertitude of the COVID-19 situation, this in-person meeting may be turned into digital-only event. In this case, all in-person registrants will receive a refund for the difference in fees.
We invite participants to attend this meeting and to present their latest research results, but also to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities of Portugal. We believe that Lisbon promises to offer participants a memorable cultural experience!
Looking forward to seeing you!
On behalf of the organizers,
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
University of Pisa, Italy