The WG “Integrated Protection of Olive Crops” was initiated as a Study Group in 1991. It is composed of scientists, advisors and other stakeholders from the Mediterranean basin, other European countries and overseas. In September 2003, the Council decided to transform the Study Group into Working Group and endorsed the election of Dr Argyro Kalaitzaki as convenor. The group consists of approximately 40 active members.
Members of the group target their activities towards the development, evaluation and implementation of all aspects of integrated and biological control methods for olive pests, diseases and weeds. The WG meets to discuss new findings on the following main research activities:
- Sampling methods, monitoring, epidemiology
- Damage assessment, establishing of economic thresholds
- Bio-ecology of pests
- Invasive diseases and pests
- Development of population models
- Side effects of pesticides
- Natural enemies, biological control
- Biotechnical control methods
- Conservation biological control
The working group has organized nine meetings. The 1st meeting in Chania, Hellenic Republic, in May 2003, the 2nd in Florence, Italy, October 2005, the 3rd in Bragança, Portugal, October 2007, the 4th in Córdoba, Spain in June 2009, the 5th in Jerusalem, Israel in May 2011, the 6th in Budva, Montenegro in May 2013, the 7th in Kalamata, Hellenic Republic, in May 2015, the 8th in Florence, Italy, in June 2018 and the most recent one in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 2021.
Participants from academic and government research institutions, industry and extension services from the Mediterranean countries, other countries in EU but also from overseas regularly attend the WG meetings.
Attendance is expected to remain high due to the importance of pests and diseases, which include some of the most extensively studied in crop protection, the several innovative management approaches that have been developed, the new invasive diseases and pests and the economic importance of the crop in Mediterranean countries but also in new remote areas.
Since the initiation of the WG, new techniques, tools, control strategies and cropping systems have been developed, studied and evaluated in regard to more effective and more environmentally sound pest and disease management. The WG has much enhanced the cooperation on development and application of IPM in olive groves worldwide.
The results of the working group’s activities appear in the following IOBC-WPRS publications:
olive crops, IPM, pests, diseases, weeds, natural enemies, biological control, biotechnical methods, sustainability, conservation biological control