The International Cherry Symposium will be held from 2-6 May in various locations across Italy. It will be attended by leading industry players and will consist of several events scheduled throughout the week, as follows.
International Spring School
Bertinoro, 2-3 May 2022
The International Spring School will be held at the University Residential Centre in Bertinoro and will focus on the topic of “Sustainable orchard management in a changing environment”. The cherry sector is faced with huge challenges such as climatic, social and economic changes and increasingly pervasive globalisation. The programme will consist of ten seminars and will be managed and coordinated by the University of Bologna, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and the Marche Polytechnic University, with the participation of international speakers and cherry tree specialists. The event will be in English with a limited number of participants, with 30 places reserved for PhD students and young researchers and 30 places for professionals from all over the world.
International Cherry Symposium, Macfrut
Rimini, 4 May 2022
The world’s leading cherry tree experts will get together on the first day of Macfrut to take part in the 2022 International Cherry Symposium. The conference will host experts from the US, Chile, Germany, France and Italy who will address key issues in cherry growing: from the economic sustainability of new cherry orchards to biotechnologies applied to varietal innovation and, to conclude, precision technologies applied to production, plant protection and post-harvest handling.
Global cherry players. Macfrut
Rimini, 5 May 2022
The morning of 5 May will be dedicated to learning more about some of the world’s biggest cherry producers and marketers: global market strategies in the six leading countries in the industry (Turkey, Chile, US, Uzbekistan, Spain and Italy) will be discussed.
Guided trade fair tours, Macfrut
Rimini, 5 May 2022
In the afternoon, the spotlight will be on product and process innovations introduced by researchers and the industry in the cherry supply chain: varieties and rootstocks, multi-purpose covering systems, processing technologies and packaging. A group of professional experts will take those participating in Macfrut 2022 on several dedicated tours of stands belonging to the cherry industry’s main company investors.
Cherry tree tour
Vignola and Cesena, 6 May 2022
A firsthand look at innovations in the cherry industry will be possible during two field visits to plant nurseries, farms and cherry processing plants in Emilia-Romagna. The region boasts approximately 3,000ha dedicated to cherry growing. A tour of the Vignola cherry production area, which is known for its state-of-the-art cultivation systems and PGI-certified, high-quality cherries, is also scheduled. The second tour will take Macfrut 2022 guests to the hills around Cesena, where they will find out more about modern planting systems that use organic or biodynamic production techniques.