The International Cherry Symposium is back in Vignola (Modena) on 22nd-23rd May 2019 after four years. It will be organised by: Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Consorzio Ciliegia di Vignola IGP and Accademia Nazionale di Agricoltura.
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"We're still working on the last details, but the rest is all ready. The first day will be dedicated to seminars, while field tours will take place on the second," explains Stefano Lugli from the University of Bologna.
The Symposium will start on 22nd May 2019 with a large convention. After a discussion on the issues concerning trade and marketing, José Quero Garcia will talk about genetics with a report on New techniques and objectives for the genetic improvement of cherry trees. Amandine Boubennec (France) will then address varietal innovation for high-quality productions.
Gregory Lang will discuss how to Improve physiological performances and production efficiency, while Martin Balmer (Germany) will illustrate his report Towards high density: new rootstocks and planting systems. The post-harvest phase will be dealt with by Marco Dalla Rosa (Italy) with a dissertation on Modern processing and packaging techniques for cherries. Cracking will be discussed by Moritz Knoche (Germany) with New approaches to prevent cracking in cherries. Finally, Nicola Mori (Italy) will talk about Integrated defense strategies against Drosophila suzukii. The afternoon of May 22nd will be dedicated entirely to new varieties.
The visits to the orchards are currently being defined and will focus on the innovations introduced over the past few years and the new technologies implemented in processing and packaging facilities.
The first tour will take place around Vignola with visits to experimental companies and orchards to observe the new varieties and rootstocks and learn more about innovations in covering and multi-functional integrated defense systems. The day will end with a visit to modern processing and packaging facilities.
The second tour should take place in the Ferrara and/or Verona area. Expert technicians and operators will showcase high and very-high density plant layouts. Orchards that do not need carts or machinery are widely tested systems and are applicable to cherry production as well thanks to new varieties and protection systems.