Session

Sustainable New Technologies for Managing Vineyard Pests and Diseases
Grapegrowing Session in Spanish

(Presented in Spanish)

This session is based on attending an enology or viticulture workshop (9:00 am – 10:30 am) and two sessions in Spanish (10:45 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm) You have to attend three sessions to receive a certificate. A certificate of attendance will be sent after the conference.

CEUs: 2 – Sign up sheet on-site

Many factors impose new challenges for the control of pests and diseases in vineyards. The globalization of markets and trading of horticultural products and climate change have impacted the distribution and biology of many living organisms. More and better monitoring and diagnostic tools will need the support of nowadays’ extraordinary communicational capacity to help coping with our ever-changing world. An example of this technological integration is the recent eradication of the European Grapevine Moth that threatened the California Grape Industry. This session aims inducing critical thinking beyond the conventional use of pesticides. Examples of novel sustainable practices will be presented and discussed by qualified vineyard specialists.

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Francisco Araujo
Atlas Vineyard Management Inc.

Francisco is a Certified Crop and Pest Control Adviser who brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of agricultural roles related to viticulture and tropical fruits. From hands on production, to research and teaching, he is passionate about continuing to educate himself and sharing his findings with his team, and the industry.

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Monica Cooper
University of California Cooperative Extension, Napa County

In April 2009, Monica Cooper joined UC Cooperative Extension in Napa County as Viticulture Farm Advisor. Educated as a “Plant Doctor” at the University of Florida, she has multidisciplinary training in plant pathology, entomology, soils, and plant science that she draws on to help growers diagnose vineyard problems. Her applied research and outreach programs provide data-driven technical information to the vineyard industry.

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Gabriel Torres
Universityof California Cooperative Extension, King & Tulare Counties

Dr. Gabriel Torres is originally from Colombia, where he got his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. After working for some years with oil palm, Dr. Torres came into the US to do his PhD in Plant Pathology at Michigan State University. He led the plant pathology group at the Colombian oil palm research center, before came back into the US to work as postdoctoral researcher working on nematodes management on grapes at the Kearney Ag Center.

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