The 13th IOBC-WPRC Meeting of the Citrus Working Group on “Integrated Control in Citrus Fruit Crops” was successfully held on April 4-6, 2022, in Nafplion, Greece.
The event was organized by the Hellenic Agricultural Organisation – Demeter (HAO-DEMETER), the University of Thessaly (UTH), the Benaki Phytopathological Institute (BPI), the Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology, the Directorate of Rural Development and Veterinary of Argolida, and the Agricultural Union of Argolida.
The FF-IPM Project Manager, Prof. Nikos T. Papadopoulos served as a member of the Scientific and the Organizing committee of the meeting.
Eight members of the FF-IPM project presented their most recent research output: Darren Kriticos was invited as a keynote speaker of the meeting. Vasilis Rodovitis, Apostolos Kapranas, Eirini Anastasaki, Panagiotis Mylonas orally presented their research, whereas Eleftheria-Maria Bali and Mario Bjelis presented posters of their work.
Darren Kriticos – Keynote speaker at the IOBC Meeting
Darren Kriticos, the WP5 Lead of the FF-IPM Project, was a keynote invited speaker of the meeting. His talk focused on climate change and its impact on the distribution and population dynamics of agricultural and horticultural pests.
Posters at the IOBC meeting
Eleftheria-Maria Bali presented their research in a poster with the title “Effect of thermal acclimation and prevailing conditions on the response of adult Mediterranean fruit flies to traps”. The study demonstrated that prevailing climatic conditions during the trapping period significantly affected adult captures, whereas adult acclimation affected adult trapping only during spring.
Mario Bjelis (University of Split) presented their poster with the title “Invasion of Ceratitis capitata W. (Diptera, Tephritidae) from coastal to inland areas of Dalmatia region of Croatia: E-traps as an improved detection tool”. The researcher detected the invasion of the medfly in new inland areas of Croatia utilizing the innovative electronic detection tool (E-trap) that was developed in the framework of the FF-IPM Project, in combination with a network of conventional traps.
FF-IPM Round table in IOBC meeting
A whole session of the IOBC meeting was dedicated to a Round Table Discussion that was sponsored by the FF-IPM Project. The FF-IPM Project Manager, Prof. Nikos Papadopoulos served as the moderator of the Round Table along with Dr. Antonia Soto (Universitat Politθcnica de Valθncia, Spain). The theme of the discussion was “Invasive pests threaten the citrus production in the Mediterranean countries”.