Thomas Drahorad · 22 January 2019
The blood orange industry in Sicily is changing: affected by a serious epidemic of the citrus tristeza virus (CTV Citrus Tristeza Virus) which has affected large areas of specialised citrus growing since 2010, many farmers have had to grub up infected plants. However this serious phytosanitary problem has also created positive conditions for the spread of varietal renewal, which is having a positive effect on the structure of the supply. The need to replace traditional rootstocks with new ones, tolerant to the virus, is therefore an opportunity to plant the new generation clones resulting from research by CREA – ACM (Research Centre for Citrus Agriculture and Mediterranean Crops) and the University of Catania.
Significant improvements have been achieved with the lengthening of the season (anticipating the beginning and delaying the end) and the availability of clones with good pigmentation also of the skin, as well as the pulp.Continue reading
Thomas Drahorad · 21 January 2019
Every year 750 million containers (20″ equivalent) are moved around the world, with traffic doubling in the last 10 years.
But who invented this system, which almost completely replaced the ancient method of a few millennia of bulk storage?
Here is a brief history of Malcolm McLean, a trucker in the United States: one day had an idea that definitely revolutionized global transport.Continue reading
Thomas Drahorad · 12 September 2018
Thomas Drahorad · 29 June 2018
The Italian seedless grape industry is moving very rapidly: larger farmersare planting new varieties, the international breeders are investing in Italy, the main players have launched their own programmes of varietal innovation.
The Italian Grapes 2020 report tells you all you need to know in order to take advantage of 57 seedless varieties available from Italy in a 7 months period.
Download the full report (40 pages) here.
Be ready, the next Italian grape season is knocking on the door now and 2020 is just around the corner.