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Challenges of IMP methodology in citrus fruits

Joan Porta Ferré

Agriculture and Plant Health Section, Regional Services, Terres de l'Ebre, Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment. Regional Government of Catalonia

Challenges of IMP methodology in citrus fruits

Joan Porta Ferré
Agriculture and Plant Health Section, Regional Services, Terres de l'Ebre, Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment. Regional Government of Catalonia

Integrated pest management (IPM) aims to develop crops that are healthy, environmentally friendly, and good for human health. IPM therefore promotes natural mechanisms to control pests, diseases, and weeds, using plant protection products in a reasonable manner while seeking the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and optimal crop yields, in accordance with new EU legal requirements.

With regard to citrus fruits, these principles are set down in the Integrated Pest Management Guidelines for Citrus Fruits published by the Spanish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and the Environment (MAGRAMA). These guidelines endeavour to showcase existing alternatives to chemical control methods, moving away from conventional means of addressing plant health issues and bringing together all agronomic knowledge on IPM. The cornerstone of the guidelines is therefore the "Strategies” table.

In the entrepreneurial and international spirit that the citrus fruit sector embodies, IPM must be seen as an opportunity to improve and to communicate about good agricultural practice in combating the main pests of these crops, Ceratitis capitata and Aonidiella aurantii, in demanding international destination markets.

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In accordance with the Organic Law on the Protection of Personal Data 15/1999, of 13 December, Promotora de Exportaciones Catalanas SA (hereinafter PRODECA), whose address is Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 620, principal, 08007 Barcelona, with tax reg. no. NIF A58241316, declares that the images contained on the website www.smartfruitcongress.cat are included in a file belonging to PRODECA. The purpose of this file is the promotion, via its website, of the activities conducted by PRODECA – SmartfFruit IPM International Congress.

PRODECA guarantees that you may, at any time, exercise your right to access, rectify, cancel or oppose by writing to the aforesaid postal address, using the reference "PROTECCIÓN DE DATOS - SMARTFRUIT", or to the email address smartfruitcongress@smartfruitcongress.cat.

Specifically, to correctly exercise these rights you must clearly provide the following items in that communication:
- Name, surname(s) and photocopy of National Identity Document or Passport.
- Statement of the purpose of the request.
- Address for notification purposes.
PRODECA also declares that it reserves the right to delete from its website any content that it considers violates current and applicable legislation.

D’acord amb l’article 17.1 de la Llei 19/2014, la ©Generalitat de Catalunya permet la reutilització dels continguts i de les dades sempre que se'n citi la font i la data d'actualització i que no es desnaturalitzi la informació (article 8 de la Llei 37/2007) i també que no es contradigui amb una llicència específica.