Brazilian Cotton Congress takes place between September 3rd and 5th, 2024

In addition to offering a platform for the dissemination of knowledge, the 14th edition of the CBA will reward the best scientific works on cotton

11.01.2024 | 16:03 (UTC -3)
Catarina Guedes

Encouraging the participation of students and researchers in the presentation of scientific works dedicated to cotton farming is one of the main objectives of the 14th Brazilian Cotton Congress (CBA). Promoted every two years by the Brazilian Association of Cotton Producers (Abrapa), the event, scheduled to take place between the 3rd and 5th of September 2024, in Fortaleza (CE), is the largest meeting of the production chain in Brazil, and stands out for recognizing and rewarding excellent academic research in the country.

In addition to offering a platform for the dissemination of knowledge, the CBA will reward the best scientific work, granting scholarships and promoting opportunities to participate in conferences. For Jean Belot, researcher at the Instituto Mato-grossense do Algodão (IMAmt) - who participated in all editions of the Congress and is general coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the 14th CBA -, the importance of research to sustain the production and transformation chain of cotton fiber is evident, as Brazil is the only one, among the world's main producers, to face the complexities of the humid tropics. 

“In this challenging context, producers face significant obstacles and, therefore, require continuous guidance to adapt crop management to constantly changing environmental conditions, such as climate, pest and disease variations”, he states.

Initially conceived as a meeting of researchers, promoted by Embrapa Algodão, the CBA has grown over the last few decades, involving the scientific community and gaining active participation from the production sector and companies. Its first edition took place in 1997, also in the city of Fortaleza.

In Belot's opinion, to maximize the economic return of farming and meet requirements, producers seek to optimize the use of production factors, such as seeds and fertilizers, and incorporate innovations into their methods, and it is crucial that they receive information based on high-quality research. quality, supported by scientific principles.

“The ability to make good decisions, based on reliable data, is essential to face the specific challenges of cotton cultivation in humid tropical conditions and guarantee the sustainability and prosperity of production”, he explains.

Awards at the 14th CBA

Registration for the student category (undergraduate and postgraduate lato sensu and stricto sensu) begins on April 1st and ends on May 30th, 2024. For other authors, the deadline is from April 1st to 13th June 2024. Registration must be made by filling out an electronic form available on the CBA portal.

The works must address innovative, creative themes and propose solutions to problems faced by the cotton production chain in eight areas of knowledge:

I – Plant Production – Physiology, Ecophysiology, Phytotechnics, Plant Nutrition and Production Systems;

II – Digital Agriculture – Precision Agriculture and Artificial Intelligence;

III – Harvesting/Processing/Quality of Fiber and Seed;

IV – Pest Control – Entomology and Biotechnology;

V – Phytopathology and Nematology;

VI – Matology and Destruction of Soqueira;

VII – Plant Breeding and Biotechnology; It is

VIII – Socioeconomics.

Prizes will be awarded for the best studies in the Undergraduate Student, Postgraduate Student, Thematic Areas (researchers from any institution) and Advisor Professor categories. In addition to participating in the 14th CBA, the best studies in the Thematic Areas and Advisor Professor categories will also receive research grants for the 2024/2025 harvest.

Mosaic Biosciences March 2024