The International Citrus Conference is pleased to announce the following workshops and their worldwide known coordinators. Important subjects will be discussed to the benefit of the whole citrus industry. Save the dates and be there!
Talking GMOs: reaching out to the public (W1)
The GMOs are widely grown in an increasing number of countries. In spite of that, transgenic fruits may not be widely accepted in some markets. The workshop coordinated by Dr. Margaret Karembu (ISAAA Africenter – Kenya) and by Dr. Deise Capalbio (Embrapa - Brazil) will cover GMO's cultures, and the way they have been implemented in several countries. Save the date: Sep. 19th, during the ICC 2016!
Organic citrus production (W2)
One of the challenges in organic citrus production is to achieve a high degree of productivity, in addition of having long-term experiences on commercial production. This will be one of the topics presented by Dr. Giancarlo Roccuzzo (CRA-ACM / Acireale – Italy) and by Dr. Oswaldo V. Serrano Jr. (Fazenda da Toca orgânicos – Brazil) at the "Organic citrus production" workshop schedule for Sep. 19th. You will know more stories of organic citrus production, its challenges and success in Brazil and in Italy.
Mechanical Harvesting (W3)
Orange and other citrus are important crops, but still worldwide harvested primarily using bags and stairs. Besides the enhancement of farming machines and the overall shortage of labor, there are other issues to be discussed on mechanical harvesting. Then, don´t miss the workshop coordinated by Dr. Reza Ehsani (Univ. Florida - USA) and Dr. Marcos David Ferreira (Embrapa - Brazil) on Sep.19th, at the ICC 2016.
Joining hands for innovation and sustainability for healthy citrus (W4)
Finding new ways of citrus production is the main effort of scientific research to improve growers’ life. In general, growers try to increase productivity by excessive use of chemical products to combat pests and diseases in citrus orchards. Related topics will be covered at the workshop coordinated by Dr. Stephen H. Futch (Univ. Florida - USA), Dr. Pedro Takao Yamamoto (ESALQ / USP - Brazil) and MBS. Kai Wirtz (Bayer - Germany) on Sep. 19th.
Citrus soil microbiome (W5)
Understanding the complex system of citrus plants and the soil microbiome makes possible to produce sustainable and profitable crops not only to meet global demands, but also to minimize negative impacts on the environment. During the International Citrus Congress, the future opportunities for phytobiome researches will be discussed. Do not miss on Sep. 20th, the workshop coordinated by Dr. Nian Wang (Univ. Florida - USA) and Dr. Jan E. Leach (Colorado State Univ. - USA).
Researches and strategies for management of HLB (W6)
The disease is well known to be difficult to control and researchers are looking for more sustainable strategies against HLB. The latest researches on HLB management will be presented at the workshop coordinated by Dr. Harold Browning (CRDF - USA) and Dr. Renato Beozzo Bassanezi (Fundecitrus - Brazil) on Sep. 20th.
Management of modern citriculture: rootstock selection (W7)
One of the major challenges for modern citriculture is to be efficient and sustainable, while facing several constraints. Therefore, the rootstock selection is a key factor for success! For example, in Florida, researchers are racing against time to find new ways to combat HLB disease, in Brazil, there is the strong demand for drought tolerant rootstocks, and in Spain, the constant concern on fruit quality. Don´t miss the workshop presented by Dr. Jude W. Grosser (Univ. Florida - USA), Dr. Mariângela Cristofani-Yaly (IAC - Brazil) and Dr. Maria Angeles Forner Giner (IVIA - Spain) on Sep. 20th.
News perspectives for citrus canker control (W8)
Citrus Canker is a serious disease for most citrus cultivars and causes significant economic losses all over the world, making the plant breeding effort to search for resistant citrus varieties very important. On Sep. 22nd, Dr. Nian Wang (Univ. Florida - USA) and Dr. Adrian A. Vojnov (CONICET - ARG) will present a workshop on scientific progresses on generation of plants resistant to the disease.
HLB and roots/roostock interactions (W9)
Establishing of new ways to control HLB is a priority among researchers of the citrus area. The subject will be discussed at the ICC on Sep. 22nd, where presentations on recent research about the influence of rootstocks and the attributes related to the root system are important for HLB management. Stay there for the workshop coordinated by Dr. Jim Graham (Univ. Florida - USA) and Dr. Eduardo A. Girardi (Embrapa/Fundecitrus - Brazil).