The installation of a red photo-selective anti-insect exclusion net on the 3 ha apple owned by MIX AGRO company in Kašić has just been completed. This company decided to set up a photo-selective anti-insect exclusion net after the encouraging results of experiments carried out in its orchards during the LIFE 13 ENV / HR / 000580 'Low pesticide IPM in sustainable and safe fruit production' project coordinated by the Faculty of Agriculture and Ph.D. dr. sc. Tomislav Jemrić. Experiments have shown that photo-selective anti-insect exclusion net increases fruit mass, yield and reduces sunburn. In addition to the protection against hail, and the improvement yield and fruit quality, this net creates a barrier for harmful insects if placed also on the sides of the orchard, due to the smaller mesh size compared to the classic black anti-hail net. This was done in this orchard as well. In the experimental conditions a complete control of the codling moth was achieved with only one insecticide treatment, but in production conditions it is expected that the number of insecticide treatments will be reduced by up to 50%. This will additionally improve fruit quality and reduce pesticide residues. Thus, the project fully fulfilled its main goal of direct application of results in production practice. This is the first orchard with photo-selective anti-insect exclusion net in the Republic of Croatia.
By the end of the year it is expected to set up photo-selective anti-insect exclusion net on 7 ha of peaches and nectarines, also owned by MIX AGRO. Innovative photo-selective anti-insect exclusion net technology is applied to Italy, Israel, Australia, South Africa and other countries that promote innovation-based fruit production.
It is our pleasure to inform you that the Final conference of the LIFE project " Low pesticide IPM in sustainable and safe fruit production” (LIFE.SU.SA.FRUIT)" will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, starting at 9 AM in Great Councill Hall of University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, Svetošimunska c. 25, Zagreb, Croatia. On this coonference, the results and possibilities of reducing the use of pesticides in fruit production and improving fruit quality through new technologies while encouraging and maintaining biodiversity will be presented. Presentations will be held by experts from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna, University of Turin, representatives of Italian co-operative APOFRUIT and international company XEDA . We invite all interested to attend the conference. Participation is free.Final Conference programme
From August 30 to September 1, 2017, an international conference was held in Chania (Greece), organized by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), within the framework of the LIFE project "OLIVECLIMA - Introduction of new olive crop management practices focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation”. The results of the project LIFE SU.SA.FRUIT were presented at that conference. More information can be found at http://www.climate2017.eu/en/.
On July 13, 2017, in Bologna, the 6th meeting on the progress of the SU.SA.FRUIT project was held. At the meeting, the partners discussed the current results on the project, plans and procedures in the continuation of the project and about the final conference of the project.
From May 14-16, 2017, in Warsaw (Poland), the 8th CASEE Conference on "Sustainable Development in Europe - Cooperation between Science and Practice - What's the Position of Central and South Eastern Europe?" was held. On that occasion the results of the LIFE SU.SA.FRUIT project were presented. More information can be found at: http://www.ica-casee.eu/index.php/15-events/123-casee-conference-2017.
The LIFE SU.SA.FRUIT Project was presented on 21 March 2017 at the LIFE INFO day in Zagreb as one of the seven LIFE projects taking place in the Republic of Croatia. All presentations were transmitted live by video link, and can be found on YouTube:
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On 6 March 2017 a consumer workshop was organized (action D4.2) in the Kaufland supermarket chain, during which consumers became familiar with the results of the LIFE.SUSAFRUIT project and integrated fruit production.
Professor Tomislav Jemrić, PhD, project coordinator of LIFE SUSAFRUIT together with producers of peaches, Darko and Zvonimir Kovacevic visited the production of photo-selective netting of factory AGRINTECH in Bergamo, as well as experiments of applications of photo-selective netting in the cultivation of apples and apricots near Verona. They were welcomed by Mr. Bruno Gagliardo and Michele Bravetti. Darko and Zvonimir Kovacevic are planning to cover 10 ha of orchards with photo-selective netting thus this was the occasion to discuss the possibility of installing it. In that way the results of the project would have a direct application in the production.
A special edition of Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus, Volume 81, issue 2, is published. In this special edition some papers from the International Symposium on Sustainable fruit production held 21 to 24 March 2016 in Donja Stubica (within Life SU.SA.FRUIT project) were published.
The papers can be found here.
Apples grown under red net in Baštica were harvested on 4th October 2016. During harvest was noted that red network successfully eliminates unwanted redness at the ‘Granny Smith’ variety.
From 21st to 23rd September 2016 in Nitra (Slovakia) was held 5th International Scientific Horticulture Conference. Influence of different coloured anti-hail nets on fruit colouration apple ‘Braeburn’ was presented (results of LIFE.SU.SA.FRUIT).
In Croatian Chamber of Economy as part of the Business and Scientific Club on 20th September 2016 LIFE.SU.SA.FRUIT workshop was held and prof. dr. sc. Tomislav Jemrić presented LIFE.SU.SA.FRUIT project results.
The presentation is available here.
A critical number of oriental fruit moth (Grapholita molesta) was spotted in Zagreb. It is recommended that producers take appropriate measures to protect orchards, especially are recommended use of environmentally friendly methods or methods of pest control in integrated fruit production.
A critical number of oriental codling moth (Cydia pomonella) was spotted in Zagreb. It is recommended that producers take appropriate measures to protect orchards, especially are recommended use of environmentally friendly methods or methods of pest control in integrated fruit production.
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in its database of plant pests has published photos of Cydia funebrana, Synanthedon vespiformis and Zygina flammigera found in Croatian orchards where Life SU.SA.FRUIT project is implemented.
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in its database of plant pests has published photos of Eupsilia transversa and Tethea ocularis found in Croatian orchards where Life SU.SA.FRUIT project is implemented.
A critical number of peach tip moth (Grapholita molesta) was spotted in Zagreb. It is recommended that producers take appropriate measures to protect orchards, especially are recommended use of environmentally friendly methods or methods of pest control in integrated fruit production.
A report on Life SU.SA.FRUIT project was presented on June 7, 2016, in TV show “Guide to the EU funds” at the Croatian Radio-Television.
The Life SU.SA.FRUIT project was presented at the Info Day about LIFE Programmes organized in Zagreb on 28 April 2016 by the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection.
University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna, University of Turin, Agra Ltd., Apofruit Italia S.r.l., Xeda International S.A. in cooperation with CASEE (Regional Network for Central and South Eastern Europe), organized International symposium on sustainable fruit production from 21 to 24 March 2016 in Donja Stubica.
World-renowned scientists presented the latest developments in the sustainable fruit and vegetable production. The symposium was attended by 80 scientists, experts and advisory services, of which about 30 scientists from around the world (Italy, Spain, Israel, Pakistan, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Slovenia, Portugal and Nigeria).
At the end of the symposium, there was a workshop on "Sustainable Technology fruit after harvest in South East Europe" where, through open debate, over twenty international scientists analysed the global problem of large postharvest and food losses. It is especially mentioned the role of scientists in promoting international cooperation in the study of this problem and publication of scientific and technical papers focusing on the ways, methods and the importance of keeping quality of fruits and vegetables after harvest.
International symposium on sustainable production of fruits has been successfully completed with the exchange of acquired knowledge, experience and information relevant to the improvement of the profession. The presentations will be available on the website of the project (www.life-susafruit.eu).
From 21st till 24th March 2016, International symposium on sustainable fruit production will be held in Terme Jezerčica (Donja Stubica). More about Symposium can be found at http://www.life-susafruit.eu/symposium.html.
A PhD student studying at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture and Scholar Erasmus Mundus program Experts4Asia under Prof. Tomislav Jemric, Mr. Mushtaque Ahmed Jatoi on 9 December 2015, presented the Life SU.SA.FRUIT project at the Shah Abdul Latif University (Khairpur, Pakistan) to faculty members and the postgraduate students of the Department of Botany.
PhD student Valentina Candian presented preliminary project results on a poster entitled “Exclusion nets for the control of fruit pests in NW Italy” at the 6th Annual Meeting of the European PhD Network in “Insect Science” and SEI-SIPaV Joint Workshop, held in Florence, 11 – 13 November 2015.
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in its database of plant pests has published photos of Xestia c-nigrum, Cydia pomonella, Habrosyne pyritoides, Ematurga atomaria, Grapholita molesta, Pseudoips prasinana, Pyrrhia umbra, Rhagonycha fulva, and Synanthedon myopaeformis found in Croatian orchards where Life SU.SA.FRUIT project is implemented.
Researchers from the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, visited SU.SA.FRUIT experimental field in Krapina (Croatia).
At the 10th International fruit fair trade, held on September 4-5, 2015, in Donji Kraljevec, Tomislav Jemrić and Ivana Pajač Živković, held the following presentations: “The use of heat treatment and biological agents in sustainable technologies of fruit storage” and “The efficiency of the mechanical protection of fruit trees against pests by using different types of nets”. The presentations can be found here:
Group of scientists working on Life SU.SA.FRUIT project (Simona Prencipe, Davide Spadaro, Goran Fruk and Tomislav Jemrić) discovered new fungi on apple fruit in Croatia. During Preparatory workshop held in Zagreb and Čakovec in November 2014, they noticed a new fungus (Tilletiopsis pallescens) on apple fruit. This fungus was known before but not as cause of white haze on apple fruit in Croatia. This was first time that this pest is present in orchard in Croatia. Paper was published in Plant Disease (DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-05-15-0505-PDN).
On 15 July 2015 in Cesena was held the meeting of the Steering Committee where they discussed the next steps on the project. On the same day, the members of the Technical Committee met to discuss the progress of the project.
Information workshop “Operational Project Plan” was held in Cesena (Italy) on July 15, 2015. Presentations given on the first results of the project can be seen on the project website. In addition to presentations, you can see the orchards where the project runs.
The second meeting on the progress of work on the project SU.SA.FRUIT was held from 14 to 16 July 2015 in Cesena and Bologna. During the meeting, the partners discussed the current results of the project, plans and procedures for further development of the project, as well as the prototype devices for heat treatment with warm water and others.
XEDA International (project partner) made two different prototypes of heat treatment machines. First prototype is made for immerging the fruits in hot water, while the other one is foreseen for treatments with in-line hot water spraying during the transport in sorting machines. Machines are on a trial basis in packinghouse Apofruita located in Cesena (Italy).
The Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection held on 17 June 2015 a Workshop on the LIFE program project. In this workshop SU.SA.FRUIT Life project was presented as an example of a successful application to the call of the LIFE program.
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) in its database of plant pests has published photos of fruit tree tortrix moth (Hedya dimidioalba), peach twig borer (Anarsia lineatella) and light grey tortrix (Cnephasia incertana) found in Croatian orchards where Life SU.SA.FRUIT project is implemented.
Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection on May 20, 2015, organized LIFE Programme Info Day in Zagreb. During this Info Day Life SU.SA.FRUIT project was presented.
In experimental orchards in Croatia (Krapina and Vratisinec) and Italy nets against moths are placed over trees and pheromone traps are put in cages for monitoring pest population. The first results on the impact of the nets on the presence of moth in the crown are expected soon.
Group of scientists working on Life SU.SA.FRUIT project (Alessandra Di Francesco, Mladen Fruk, Camilla Martini, Tomislav Jemrić and Marta Mari) discovered new fungi on apple fruit in Croatia. During Preparatory workshop held in Zagreb and Čakovec in November 2014, they noticed a new fungus (Monilinia polystroma) on apple fruit. This fungus was known before but not as cause of apple fruit rot in Croatia. This was first time that this pest is present in orchard in Croatia. Paper was published in Plant Disease (DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-12-14-1290-PDN).
On 10th Scientific and Professional Congress for Croatian Fruit Growers that was held in Sv. Martin in Croatia, prof. Božena Barić (University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture) held presentation entitled “The impact of anti-hail and other nets in protection against pests in orchards”. Presentation can be viewed here.
Zoran Lovrek (Agra d.o.o.) presented project with roll-up poster on his stand.
In plenary section, as invited speaker, prof. Marta Mari (University of Bologna) has held lecture entitled “Possible effects of climate changes on plant diseases”. Full paper can be viewed here.
In Pomology section, prof. Tomislav Jemrić (University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture) presented Life+ SU.SA.FRUIT project. Presentation can be viewed here.
On 27th and 28th January 2015 in Turin was held 1st Progress meeting of SU.SA.FRUIT project. On this meeting partners have discussed about preparatory work that was done, detailed methodology of experiments that will be conducted, treatments protocols and designing and construction of hot water treatment prototype that will be used for hot water treatments of fruits postharvest.
On 27th January 2015 in Manta was held workshop “The apple and peach: innovations in integrated fruit production and storage”. The host was CReSO.
Approximately 40 fruit growers and technologists in fruit production were participating in this workshop. Partners involved in SU.SA.FRUIT project presented project to fruit growers and new technologies that will be developed in project focusing in reduced use of pesticides and reduced postharvest fruit loss.
On 27th and 28th January 2015 in Turin will be held 1st Progress meeting of SU.SA.FRUIT project.
On 27th January 2015 in Manta will be held workshop “The apple and peach: innovations in integrated fruit production and storage”. The host will be CReSO, Consortium of research, testing and dissemination for horticulture in Piedmont.
Project coordinator (prof. Tomislav Jemrić) and Project manager (Mladen Fruk) participated at Regional Kick-off meeting of LIFE13 programme.
Preparatory workshop “Sustainable pre-harvest and post- harvest practices in fruit production” was held in Zagreb on 5th and 6th November 2014. Presented presentations on current situation in pre- and post- harvest practices in Croatia and Italy can be viewed on project website (www.life-susafruit.eu/events.html). Except presentations, we visited possible demonstration sites (orchards) in Međimurje region where one part of project research will be conducted.
On 5th and 6th November 2014 in Zagreb will be held Preparatory workshop „Sustainable pre- and post- harvest practices in fruit production”. This workshop will present current situation in pre- and post- harvest practices in Croatia and Italy.
Gianni Ceredi (Apofruit) presented project with poster at SANA 2014, an international exhibition of organic and natural products held from 6th to 9th September 2014 in Bologna (Bologna Fair).
During Kick-off meeting held in July in Zagreb, SU.SA.FRUIT logo was selected with request for minor changes. This project logo, together with Life+ programme logo, will appear on all project documents and information.
On 16th and 17th July 2014 Kick-off meeting of Life+ SU.SA.FRUIT project was held. This was an official start of project. All partners came and introduced their role on project. SU.SA.FRUIT project has 6 partners (University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, University of Bologna, University of Turin, Agra d.o.o., Apofruit Itali Soc. Coop. Agricola and Xeda International S.A:) from three EU countries (Croatia, Italy and France).
Website of Life+ SU.SA.FRUIT (LIFE13 ENV/HR/000580) project started online on 10th of September 2014. On this website (www.life-susafruit.eu) you can track novelties and events on SU.SA.FRUIT project.