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9th International IOBC/WPRS Workshop on Integrated Plant Protection of soft fruits

IOBC Working Group "Integrated Plant Protection in Fruit Crops"
Sub Group "Soft Fruits"

5–7 September 2018
Rīga, Latvia
Second announcement

On behalf of the IOBC-WPRS WG “IPP Fruit Crops” Subgroup Soft Fruits, you are cordially invited to the forthcoming workshop that will take place from 5th to 7th of September 2018 in Riga, Latvia. The aim of the meeting is to bring together the latest advances in research on the integrated control of pests, diseases and weeds of soft fruits, provide an opportunity for exchange information and ideas and stimulate joint research and collaboration.


WG Convenor SG Convenor Local organizers

Claudio Ioriatti

Center for Technology Transfer

Fondazione Edmund Mach
Via E. Mach 1
38010 S. Michele all'Adige (TN),

Tel.: +39-0461-615 514
Fax: +39-0461-615 500

Christian Linder

Département fédéral de l’économie, de la formation et de la recherche DEFR

Route de Duillier 50
CP 1012
1260 Nyon 1, SWITZERLAND

Tel.: +41-22-363 43 89
Fax: +41-22-362 13 25

Inga Moročko-Bičevska
Arturs Stalažs
(workshop secretary) 

Institute of Horticulture

Latvia University of Agriculture

Graudu iela 1, Ceriņi, Krimūnu pag.,
Dobeles nov., LV-3701, LATVIA

Tel.: +371-25 14 85 82; +371-26 71 14 11
Fax: +371-63 78 17 18











Scientific committee

  • Arturs Stalažs (Institute of Horticulture, Local organizer, Latvia)
  • Inga Moročko-Bičevska (Institute of Horticulture, Local organizer, Latvia)
  • Līga Jankevica (University of Latvia)
  • Christian Linder (Agroscope Changins, Sub Group Convenor, Switzerland)
  • Daniele Prodorutti (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy)
  • Vincent Michel (Agroscope Conthey, Switzerland)

Proposed topics

  • Biology of pests and diseases
  • Diagnostic tools for pests and diseases
  • Monitoring and forecasting of pests and diseases
  • Plant resistance and cultivars suitable for integrated and organic farming
  • Post-harvest and storage diseases
  • Certification and health of propagation stock
  • Management of diseases, pests and weeds (biocontrol, chemical, alternative, physical, sanitation)
  • Practical implementation of IPM in soft fruits

Preliminary programme

Dates Programme
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
Wednesday, 5 September 2018 Morning registration, opening, sessions with presentations,
workshop dinner
Thursday, 6 September 2018 Sessions with presentations and poster session
Friday, 7 September 2018 Workshop technical excursion (visit to sea buckthorn and cranberry
growing farms)*

*More detailed information will be available in the later announcements.

Further information
Official language: English is the official language of the workshop.

The event will be held at Islande Hotel, Riga city, Latvia. Address: Islande Hotel, Ķīpsalas iela 2, Rīga

Participation fee (calculated in EUR)*

Category Early registration Late registration
IOBC-WPRS Member reduction** 350 400
Non-IOBC-WPRS Member 470 520
Participating student*** 270 320

*Invoices for the payment to each participant will be sent via e-mail after receiving the registration form.
**IOBC-WPRS membership number is compulsory for registration
***Official university letter confirming the full-time student status required

The number of rooms were pre-reserved at the workshop venue Islande Hotel on the basis of “first come first served” for the following prices:

  • Single standard room 55 EUR per night
  • Double standard room 65 EUR per night

The offered prices and pre-reserved rooms are available until 4th of August 2018. Participants are kindly asked to reserve accommodation themselves by contacting the hotel directly on e-mail address and quoting the code "IOBC Riga2018" that will ensure the above mentioned prices. Range of various level hotels are available in the vicinity of conference venue and Riga City that can be checked at


  • By bus for European participants — International Bus Station is situated in Riga centre,and is close to many hotels which can be reached by walking or by public transport, if hotels not close to city centre.
  • By airplaneRiga International Airport is situated 13 km from centre of Riga city. 
  • Travel from Airport to centre of Riga city — for travelling from airport to Riga regular public bus traffic (city bus line number 22), several private bus lines and taxi services are available. For use of city transport lines, the special tickets should be obtained at news-stalls situated in airport building. City transport tickets are available for particular number of drives, and, when you are inside transport, for each drive activation of ticket is necessary. There is also possibility to buy (by cash) the ticket at bus driver, but then ticket price is higher. More information on city transport lines is available at Rīgas Satiksme website.

Important dates

Closing date for early-bird registration and payment of registration fee 7 May 2018
Closing date for submission of abstracts 5 July 2018
Late registration and payment of registration fee 5 July 2018
Submission of manuscript for the IOBC-WPRS Bulletin 1 December 2018
Final programme and other information 14 August 2018

Please, find out the final ANNOUNCEMENT and ABSTRACTS bellow. 

For details regarding workshop please contact:
Arturs Stalažs (secretary)
Tel.: +371-26 71 14 11
Fax: +371-63 78 17 18

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