Fruit and vegetable crops are seriously threatened by numerous harmful organisms, native and/or invasive, which may seriously compromise the sanitary status of plant germplasm and the standards of food security and safety in the Mediterranean region. The negative impacts on the crops from these pests could rise due to climate change and acceleration of global trade that favor their movement to long distances and their adaptation to new environments. Within this context, the Division of Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean Fruit and Vegetable Crops (IPM) provides education, training, applied research, technical assistance and cooperation for the implementation of IPM in the Mediterranean region, combining crop productivity, environmental sustainability and cost effectiveness.
CIHEAM Bari follows a holistic, interdisciplinary and multi-actor approach. It proposes practical IPM solutions to solve specific phytosanitary problems affecting Mediterranean crops, in accordance with Directive 2009/128/EC (on the sustainable use of pesticides) and with the C-IPM strategic agenda recommendations for researchers, policy makers and stakeholders involved in the sector of plant protection. Emphasis is given to preventive measures, as for quarantine, certification of propagating material, and other sanitation procedures.
Scientific research capability of the IPM Div. is highly recognized by the international scientific community, as is testified by the number of papers published on international scientific journals. Puglia Region, in which CIHEAM Bari is located, is often used as a laboratory for testing and implementing new approaches, technologies and models to be transferred to the Mediterranean region. The IPM Division is recognized as accredited laboratory for phytosanitary analyses and as a centre for the production of pathogen-free genotypes of fruit crops. Recently, much attention has been paid to improve detection and control methods of contaminants in fruit and vegetables, to reduce post-harvest losses and to implement innovative technology for precise and smart crop protection.
The Division has set up a ‘problem solving strategy’, exchanging the latest ideas and knowledge, through networking with scientists, representatives, farmers, advisors, industries, policy makers and other stakeholders. Over the last 30 years, the Division has given an extraordinary contribution to the improvement of the sanitary status of native plant genotypes of Mediterranean crops and to the development of measures for pest surveillance, detection and control in the Mediterranean region.
Cooperation initiatives are carried out primarily in the Mediterranean region and follow a multidisciplinary approach (preparation of legislative framework, strengthening of facilities and laboratories, improvement of human resources, etc.); they are focused on capacity building through dedicated training programmes, internships, etc.
Special emphasis is laid on:
Our multi-disciplinary team can provide training in different languages, including Arabic, French, English, Italian and Albanian.