Valencia is hosting the 6th International Persimmon Symposium

After 5 international symposiums held in Thailand, Korea, Australia, Italy and China, the sixth edition will be held in Spain, and it will have two different settings.

It will be held from the 16th to the 20th of October, and although it will start and finish in Valencia, it will also include technical visits to Andalusia, more specifically to Huelva and Seville. The expectations of this meeting are unbeatable, because as well as private companies and prestigious research centres, the Regulating Council of the Denomination of Origin Kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer has become involved, whose president, Cirilo Arnandis, has stated on more than one occasion that the future persimmon production in this region is aspiring to exceed 600,000 tonnes in 2020. Without any doubt, the kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer has been called to reign over the Valencian fruit and vegetable growing sector and this kingdom is closely linked to the Denomination of Origin that covers it.

The organisation of the Valencian Symposium has set its goal on bringing together as many technicians and scientists who have anything to add about the latest advances in the production of this crop as possible. In fact, the programme includes business talks and visits to production centres that are working at full speed. Likewise, specific sessions, talks and presentations of posters on the situation of the persimmon crops in the world, the vegetable genetic resources that this crop requires, biotechnology applied to persimmon crops, pests and diseases of the persimmon and post-harvest techniques have been scheduled.

This is a chance for scientists, technicians, producers, storers and all the people involved in the production chain of this crop to debate on the challenges being faced regarding genetics, resources, harvesting, management and marketing of this fruit.

Amongst the members of the organising committee of this event an important representation of researchers from the IVIA, a Valencian research centre, is included. The research and transfer activity of this centre is one of the most efficient routes towards the progress and prestige of the agrifood sector in this community.

Amongst the Persimmon research areas started up by the IVIA, the development of new varieties, its studies on plant protection problems in ecological persimmon production, the forming of seeds in this fruit, the conservation and identification of its own geoplasm bank… and even the development of new edible coverings based on pectin with an antioxidant and antimicrobial capacity for the fresh cut ‘Rojo Brillante’ persimmon should all be highlighted. The active participation of the scientists from this centre in the symposium’s programme is one of its guarantees for success.

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