The protected cultivation of fruit: conference and dynamic area at Macfrut 2021

The protected cultivation of fruit: conference and dynamic area at Macfrut 2021

Cesena (24 August 2021) – In fruit growing, adversity control with low impact methods is mostly implemented through physical prevention systems. Installing tarpaulins or netting in cherry orchards and other fruit orchards can provide more or less total protection against all kinds of major adversities: weather conditions, spring frost, hail, wind and excessive sunlight. In addition, physical barriers are just as useful in containing damage to ripe fruits caused by birds and, especially, by new alien insects (in particular, fruit flies and the brown marmorated stink bug). In this scenario, water-resistant covering systems and multifunctional plant protection systems are considered the most suitable solution to ensure environmentally sustainable and high-quality production.
 
Given the crucial importance of this issue for the sector, Macfrut, the international trade fair for the fruit and vegetable sector, will be hosting a focus session on Tuesday 7 September at 3:00 p.m. at the Rimini Expo Centre. A conference entitled “New frontiers in the protected cultivation of fruit” has been organised by Macfrut in collaboration with the Universities of Bologna, Modena and Reggio Emilia, and Ancona. Three presentations on the protected cultivation of fruit are scheduled. Davide Neri, from the Marche Polytechnic University, will open the session by discussing “Multifunctional covering systems in fruit growing”, followed by presentations by Stefano Lugli, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (“Covering systems for cherry trees”) and, to conclude, by Rino Ghelfi, from the University of Bologna (“Economically sustainable investments in the protected cultivation of fruit”).
A guided tour of the dynamic area will follow, which will offer participants the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the latest innovations presented by leading companies in the sector. 
 
When commenting the theme of the conference, Stefano Lugli, from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, explained: ‘Other advantages of using multitasking covering systems in fruit growing include being able to cut down on pesticides and obtain higher quality fruits that can be harvested when perfectly ripe: today’s consumers demand wholesome quality products. As with all investments, the economic sustainability of structural interventions, which are certainly effective but also costly, must be carefully assessed. All these issues will be in the spotlight at the event to be hosted at Macfrut.’ 

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