After three long years of work in the laboratory, the first bio product comes in Portugal to combat the chestnut blight. The project was developed by the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB), in partnership with other entities (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Regional Agriculture of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Forestis – Forestry Association of Portugal), to solve one of the most serious problems affecting the production of brown in the region (northern Portugal).
Prof. Dr. Maria Eugénia Madureira Gouveia, a researcher at the IPB, nutrition expert of Chestnut (Castanea spp.) and resistance to disease, said that the product is organic, has been tested and is 100 percent effective.
“This year an important step was taken. We have the product that can be applied, has been experienced in the field and works works very well.” -Prof. Dr. Gouveia
The next step is to bring this product to the producers. Eugenia Gouveia said that a meeting of minds is necessary for the product to be approved and marketed.
“We are working with all stakeholders, from producers, associations, Ministry of Agriculture, research institutions. We really need closer cooperation, because this product has to be authorized in order to be used in the environment.” -Prof. Dr. Gouveia
It is a biological product in gel form, which is applied directly to the affected tree. It has been tested in the field and Dr. Maria Gouveia ensures that the efficiency is 100 percent.
“The product is effectively 100 percent. Sometimes when applying is that you can have faults in the order of 10 percent, but if properly applied the success rate is 100 percent.”, guarantees the researcher.
Dr. Maria Eugénia Gouveia notes that this product, being organic, may be used in all production systems.
The next step is to bring this product to the producers. “We are working with all stakeholders, from producers, associations, Ministry of Agriculture, research institutions. We really need closer cooperation, because this product has to be authorized in order to be used in the environment. There needs to be wills to actually reach the farmers hope for the year can already be used. ” -Dr. Maria Gouveia
The chestnut blight exists in countries bordering the Mediterranean and in central Europe since the early 40. In Portugal its development is known from the late 90s and expressed high aggressiveness and a very rapid spread in the general areas of chestnut.
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