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Foz do Iguaçu will host the 13 International Citrus Congress

Since the announcement that Foz do Iguaçu will host the 13 International Citrus Congress, local organizers have made every effort to bring the most important citrus experts to the event. The discursistas, congressmen and lecturers are the main representatives in research, politics and management. And they will discuss the latest research results and innovations in different areas of citriculture.

Alexandra Heinermann, from the Sure Global Fair (SGF), said: "There will be many lectures on the global citrus juice market." Alexandra is General Manager of the Quality Juice Foundation and the Sure Global Fair Service Plus Limit, a service company for the global fruit juice industry.

Ali Fares of Prairie View A & M University in the USA will share their knowledge about the current situation and future challenges for managing water used in Citrus products in an ever changing environment. He is currently leading the program of the College of Agriculture and Humanities (CAHS) at Prairie View A & M University (PVAMU).

Bryce W. Falk of the University of California, USA says that participants can rely on lectures on strategies against insects vectors of pathologies in plants. He has been at UC Davis since 1985. Bryce teaches and researches on plant viruses, insect vectors and biotechnological applications for the control of plant diseases.

The event will also have the participation of Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, from FAPESP, Brazil. He has been a professor at the Institute of Physics at Unicamp since 1982. He is currently a professor in the Department of Quantum Electronics.

Fred Gmitter of the University of Florida will also attend. Gmitter was one of the first citrus scientists in the world to develop binding maps based on molecules and identify markers to be used in disease resistance selection.

José Antonio Quaggio, from the Agronomic Institute (IAC) in Brazil, will lecture on Advances in Nutrition: 30 years of research in tropical conditions. He holds a Ph.D. in Soil and Plant Nutrition, and is a member of the Agronomic Institute (IAC) since 1978. Quaggio works with soil chemistry and fertility and mineral plant nutrition. Among his accomplishments, his group developed the IAC Soil Analysis System, based on the extraction of resin ions, in 1983, which has been used by more than 150 laboratories in Brazil and others in Latin American countries.

José RP Parra, from ESALQ / USP, will share his knowledge on Sustainable Pest Control for Citrus production in Brazil. He was elected Full Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences at 2000 and a Full Member of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) at 2002. His areas of expertise are insect biology, Nutrition and Biological Control. He has over 300 publications and several books on Entomology, Biological Control and Biology.

These are some names already released for the event.

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