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Stakeholder Event in the Netherlands

Stakeholder Event in the Netherlands

At the annual International Soft Fruit Conference (ISFC) in Den Bosch (The Netherlands), the European members of the Dropsa project presented their findings to stakeholders. In total 760 people from 32 nationalities, 20 presenters and 98 companies from 13 countries were present at the ISFC.

The International Soft Fruit Conference 2018 included a wide range of presentations that covered many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to these presentations was an exhibition where soft fruit related companies and organisations presented their newest developments and services. The DROPSA team choose to combine their annual meeting with a visit to this event to share their latest findings and outcomes with this ideal audience.

Everyone relies on fruit to stay healthy but destructive pests and diseases are posing a major challenge to the fruit industry. Coordinated by Dr Neil Audsley at Fera, the EU funded project “DROPSA“ aims were to develop effective, innovative, practical and integrated solutions for the control of pests and diseases. Throughout the four-year project, Fera and 25 partners throughout Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America have examined several potential chemical, biological, cultural, integrated and novel pest and disease control strategies.

International Soft Fruit Conference – Thursday 11 January 2018 (