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Posts by: Thomas Drahorad

· 22 January 2019

Innovation for blood oranges from Sicily


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.

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· 21 January 2019

The man who invented sea containers


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.

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· 12 September 2018

Italian grapes are planning ahead

Varietal innovation, a new entrepreneurial logic, new generations of agronomists, greater and more productive skill and professionalism, new investment, a structured and competitive strategy: these are the strong points of an Italian table grape industry that is taking big strides towards a sustainable future on global markets.
Many of these factors are connected. The gradual shift from trade to production, which only began in earnest a few years ago, is seeing large operators distance themselves more and more from the traditional method of buying by the ‘block’ or by weight in the field, where the relationship with production is based on confrontation, on short-term speculation, on contracts that are often only worth the paper on which they are printed.
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· 29 June 2018

Italian grapes 2020: varieties, growers, breeders and markets

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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.


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· 22 May 2017

Fresh now! stonefruit, melons and grapes


We are in full swing with cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, melons, watermelons and soon ready to start with grapes and blueberries.

Check out some pictures of how the fruit looks like now.




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