The Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, through the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) will take part next Friday in Almeria in the "Night of the Researcher in Andalusia"; an event devoted to the promotion of science taking place simultaneously in 200 European cities.
The event, funded by the VII Framework Programme of the EU and organised by the University of Almeria (UAL) and IFAPA, will take place at Casa de Los Puche (Plaza Bendicho, Almeria) from 20:00 o'clock. The participants will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in which to share and exchange knowledge with scientists from Andalusian research and training centres.
During the "Night of the Researcher", a group of IFAPA scientists will conduct a series of micro-meetings to inform about the advances made in technology for Almeria's intensive horticulture.
50 years with greenhouses
The scientific micro-meetings organised by IFAPA will focus on greenhouse agriculture, as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the construction of the first such structure in Almeria.
According to the Regional Delegate of the Council, José Manuel Ortiz, "the technological evolution has been huge and numerous issues have had to be solved. The solutions have mostly resulted from important scientific-technological advances achieved in all areas of production."
In this sense, IFAPA, along with other public and private research institutions, has taken part of these advances in areas as relevant as biological pest control, the fight against viral diseases, the development of new greenhouse structures, crop physiology, genetic improvements, irrigation handling, as well as fertilisation and post-harvest techniques.