John Doe

Welcome

We are pleased to invite you to attend at the International Symposium on Precision Management of Orchards and Vineyards that will be held in Palermo, Italy, 7-11 October 2019, under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). The Symposium aims to discuss the latest advances in all disciplines related to remote and on-site precision management of orchards and vineyards. Under a global climate change, plants will be facing increasing abiotic and biotic constraints. We have to expect rise in average daily temperatures, atmospheric CO2 concentration, soil salinity in some areas, and water stress by drought or floods. Climate change can alter significantly plant functioning and productivity, affecting crop management sustainability and ultimately the whole food economy. Today’s technology advancements offer an excellent opportunity for a more precise management of orchards and vineyards aiming at the highest production quality and efficiency. New generation sensors exist and can be further implemented for the precise management of a number of operations both in the field (irrigation, nutrition, pest control, pruning, harvesting, etc.) and during postharvest processing.
Further investigations and good knowledge sharing across the areas of horticulture, basic plant physiology and engineering are required in order to improve orchard and vineyard management by optimizing water, nutrients and chemical inputs. Precise and automated systems will have to represent the future for a modern and sustainable orchard and vineyard management.

The objective of the Symposium is to share interdisciplinary knowledge about the implementation and application of both remote and on-site sensing systems for a precise management of orchards and vineyards with particular references to the most relevant field operations, such as irrigation, nutrition, pest control, pruning, harvesting, and soil management.


Conveners
Riccardo Lo Bianco

riccardo.lobianco@unipa.it
Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences - University of Palermo
Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 4, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Phone: (+39)091 23896097, Fax: (+39)09123860813

Antonino Pisciotta

antonino.pisciotta@unipa.it
Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences - University of Palermo
Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 4, 90128 Palermo, Italy.
Phone: (+39)091 23861217, Fax: (+39)09123860813

Luigi Manfrini

luigi.manfrini@unibo.it
Department of Agricultural Sciences - University of Bologna
Viale Fanin 44, Bologna, Italy
Phone (+39)051 2096430, Fax (+39)051 2096401