Workshop on nematodes in coffee growing in the Cerrado takes place this Thursday (17)

Free in-person event is held by Epamig, in Patrocínio (MG)

16.08.2023 | 14:25 (UTC -3)
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Photo: Sônia de Lima Salgado/Epamig
Photo: Sônia de Lima Salgado/Epamig

The Experimental Field of the Agricultural Research Company of Minas Gerais (Epamig) in Patrocínio (MG) will host, next Thursday (17/8), the workshop “Challenges of nematodes in coffee farming in the Cerrado”, starting at 8am.

Co-held by Company researchers, who helped define the themes and some speakers, the event is an initiative of the Cerrado Mineiro Region, through the Cerrado Mineiro Coffee Development Foundation (Fundaccer), in partnership with the Association of Coffee Growers in the Carmo do Paranaíba Region (Assocafé), Embrapa Café (Brazilian Agricultural Research Company) and the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae-MG).

Nematodes are soil microorganisms capable of parasitizing the root system of the coffee plant throughout practically the entire cycle. Today, they represent one of the main threats to culture in Minas Gerais, including the Cerrado region. “Nematodes have caused many problems in the Cerrado of Minas Gerais, reducing crop productivity and, consequently, the profitability of coffee growers in the region”, explains Epamig researcher, and one of those involved in organizing the event, Vinícius Teixeira Andrade. He adds: “Given this scenario, we were approached to help organize this workshop. So, we defined the topics that would be focused on and suggested some names to give talks and participate in debates”.

According to Vinícius, the organization outlined three main thematic axes. Each axis will feature two to three lectures by experts, agronomists from cooperatives, associations and invited consultants. After each cycle of lectures, technical debates will be held with participants to discuss technologies, knowledge and proposals.

The first axis deals with the contextualization of nematodes in coffee farming, covering issues such as their identification and methods to prevent their spread. Epamig researcher, Sônia de Lima Salgado, will present a lecture on this theme. The second axis will be on genetic management and will feature lectures on coffee cultivars resistant to nematodes and seedlings grafted with rootstocks also resistant to these pests. The third, and final, part of the event will be dedicated to nematode control, with presentations on chemical and biological products available to producers.

“In parallel with the debates that will take place at the end of each thematic axis, we will hold a general discussion with all participants and speakers at the end of the event, to consolidate all the information discussed throughout the day”, says the Epamig researcher, who concludes: “ We intend to record the conversations and make them available later on Epamig's official channels. Furthermore, we also intend to publish a technical bulletin, to formalize and disseminate the knowledge generated during the event”.

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