Gonçal Barrios Sanromà

Gonçal Barrios Sanromà

Head of Plant Health at the Tarragona Delegation of the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment

Gonçal Barrios Sanromà

Head of Plant Health at the Tarragona Delegation of the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment

Having earned a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelonain 1980, since 1981 he has worked for the Plant Health Service at the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment. He is currently Head of Plant Health with the Tarragona Territorial Delegation.

Has formed part of the Phytosanitary Vine Problems Work Group since 1985, and the Harmful Vertebrates Work Group since 1983, where he regularly participates at annual meetings and has presented numerous technical reports.
From 1986 to 1996, he was a lecturer of Pathology in the Masters Course on Viticulture and Oenology, organised by the Superior School of Agriculture of Barcelona, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Catalan Institute of Vines and Wine in the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and the Environment.
From 1996 to 2001, he was an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Rovira i Virgili Universityin Tarragona, participating in courses on Crop Protection and Vine Pathology.
He has participated as a lecturer in numerous training courses and workshops, and is the author or co-author of publications in journals and books. He has also participated in national and international symposiums, congresses and meetings, always in the field of plant health.
He participates in different R&D projects, and is a member of the Government of Catalonia’s Plant Health Experts Group. He is also a member of different specialist committees, such as those on Integrated Production and the Evaluation of Phytosanitary Products.
He has advised and participated in agricultural cooperation projects in different countries of South and Central America.

From 2001 to 2004, he was an advisor on integrated pest control as part of the project "Sustainable agriculture in Cuba: production of biopreparations”, conducted by the NGOs Entrepobles (Spain) and Grupo de Voluntariato Civile ( Italy), financed by the EU.

From 2008 to 2009, he was an advisor and participant technician in the plant health collaboration agreement between the Government of Catalonia and the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture’s National Plant Health Centre.

From 2008 to 2009, he was an advisor to the Agrarian and Livestock Service (SAG) of the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture on the detection, combat and eradication programme for the Lobesia botrana quarantine pest, detected for the first time in the Americas.

From 2009 to 2010, he was a member of the Technical Working Group for the European Grape Vine Moth (EGVM) in California, formed in late 2009 to advise the USDA-APHIS on the introduction of the Lobesia botrana quarantine pest.