"Pest control in Mediterranean greenhouses under the pressure of climate change and invasive species"
04-07 September 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal

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The meeting will be held in the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV) which is a State Laboratory for Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development. It is located in Oeiras, in a campus where science and agriculture meet next to the sandy beaches of the Lisbon - Estoril - Cascais shoreline, with the historical and mysterious Sintra just behind. The perfect place for the birth of new ideas and the renewal of old ones!

Oeiras is conveniently located next to Lisbon (ca 20 km distant from the town centre). It is easily accessed by a very frequent train service (Lisbon - Cascais line) as well as by car or taxi.

Aims of the meeting:

The Mediterranean region is one of the world most important and dynamic agricultural areas, especially for protected crops. Climatic conditions, characterized by hot and dry summers with mild winters, allows crops to grow all year round in non-heated greenhouses. This creates favorable conditions to the development of pest and disease, whose control was mainly based on pesticide applications till some years ago, but it is now increasingly based on strategies aimed at reducing their use, due to environmental issues, consumers' concerns and pesticide resistance problems.

Biological control has been recognized as the most desirable alternative strategy, for its well-known benefits. However, it consists in a complex strategy that has to be developed by trained experts in all aspects of crop ecology, and needs to be adapted to the specific conditions of each crop, area and/or pest/disease combinations. The strategy has to be the core of IPM programs that integrate all compatible solutions for the complex of pests and diseases affecting the crop. As new pests and diseases arise, or as changes occur in ecological and/or climatic conditions, the system needs to be updated and new solutions have to be developed. Therefore, sharing expertise and updates in scientific progresses is a cornerstone for the implementation of integrated and sustainable crop protection strategies.

The meeting, whose main theme is "Pest control in Mediterranean greenhouses under the pressure of climate change and invasive species", aims at giving researchers, technical staff and extension personal from the public and private sectors, as well as graduate and post-graduate students, the chance to share ideas and show their most recent studies on the main and related themes, discussing about present and future challenges in pests, pathogens and weeds management in protected crops. This will be done under the light of new technology and regulations and in the frame of ever-changing threats by noxious organisms already occurring in Mediterranean greenhouses or which could appear in the near future. Through scientific sessions, technical visits and social events, the occasion will be given to participants also to strengthen existing collaborations as well as establish new ones.

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 20th May 2018

Deadline for submission of registration form and payment of registration fee at "early rate": 15th July 2018