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Welcome to IOBC!

The organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you to Porto, for the bi-annual meeting.

At this moment everything related to the meeting is progressing, and we would like to remind you to check each link related to the scientific program and organization of this event. Besides the information available on the web-site, we will try to help each participant for any specific need by e-mail contact.

This symposium is and official meeting of Working Group ''Integrated Control of Field Vegetables'' of the International Organisation for Biological Control and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants http://www.iobc-wprs.org/.

Although others IOBC groups have already meat in Portugal (Integrated protection in viticulture (Ponte de Lima, 2000), Integrated protection in oak forests (Lisboa 2001), Integrated protection in stored products (Lisboa 2001), Pesticides and beneficial organisms (Ponte de Lima 2003), this is the first time the group ''vegetables on integrated control of field vegetables'' meet in Portugal.

For any further questions don't hesitate to contact the organizing committee!

The Organizing Committee,
Ana Aguiar (aaguiar@fc.up.pt)


The group meets every two years and focuses mainly on the pest insects of vegetable crops, particularly members of the umbelliferae (e.g. carrot), cruciferae (e.g. cabbage, horseradish), liliaceae (e.g. onion, leek) and compositae (e.g. lettuce). However, some members have interests outside this area, particularly in disease control. Topics covered in recent meetings include pest monitoring and forecasting, integrated pest management, pest ecology and behaviour, biological control, use of pesticides, undersowing and intercropping, disease control.

The last meeting of the group was held in Slovenia from 2-7 October 2005 (host Stanislav Trdan, University of Ljubljana). The group aims to publish a Bulletin after every meeting.


Sunday, 23 September – excursion to Douro region

8:50h  Meet at the railway station Porto-Campanhã

20:49h  Arrival at Porto

Monday, 24 September – Meeting of working group

9:00h to 17:00h – Presentations and discussion

12:30h to 14:00h - Lunch

Evening – free (we’ll propose a tourist tour)

Tuesday, 25 September – Technical visit (NW vegetable production region).

9:00h – Departure at “Planetário”

Morning: Visit to “masseiras” and others vegetables production fields. This visit is organised by Engº Alexandre Furtado.

12:00h – Lunch at Campus Agrário de Vairão

Afternoon: Visit to PAM and to a young farmer

19:00h – Cultural programme (grape harvest at “vinho verde” region and dinner at the farm)

22:00h – Arrival to Porto

Wednesday, 26 September - Meeting of working group

9:00h to 17:00h – Presentations and discussion

12:30h to 14:00h - Lunch

20:30h: Close dinner at “Café Guarani” and “Fado” evening

Thursday, 27 September – Technical visit (Oeste vegetable production region) (this visit is organized by Engª Sofia Rodrigues).

8:00h – Departure at “Planetário”

Morning: Visit to vegetable organic production

Lunch at a restaurant

Afternoon: Visit to IPM vegetable production

22:00h – Arrival at Porto




All participants are encouraged to participate in the meeting by making an
oral presentation on a topic related to the integrated control of field
vegetable pests or diseases, as well as contributing to the discussion.
Please submit the title of your communication (about 20 minutes) on the
registration form. As in the previous years, all the papers presented at the
meeting will be published in the IOBC Bulletin.
5 September - DEADLINE for
registration and payment 
and to submit the title and abstract of the communications
and confirmation of participation in trip to Douro (please send an e-mail to aaguiar@fc.up.pt)


The cost for registration is 50 Euros 
(includes lunches and coffees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and trip on Tuesday).


Travel & Accommodation

If you will be arriving by car, from the south, 
please take Arrábida bridge (Ponte da Arrábida) and take the first exit. 
The recommended hotels are less than 500 meters away.
If you will be travelling by airplane, you should arrive to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. 
You may use the metro (Metro do Porto) 
from the airport to the hotel zone (exit at Casa da Música station)
To choose an hotel, we provide a list with the required information. Prices are indicated at the list. Seminário do Vilar is a religious house, with hotel services. The hotels presented are within a 20 minutes walk from the meeting site. Hotels Tuela, Fénix and Douro are the closest. Hotel reservation and payment are to be made by each participant. If you have any question please contact aaguiar@fc.up.pt


  Accomodation Address Phone Fax Internet E-mail Price 
Seminário de Vilar, Casa Diocesana  Rua Arcediago Van Zeller, 50 4050- 621 Porto Portugal (+ 351) 22 605 60 00 (+ 351) 22 605 60 01   mailto:info@


Rooms Price (€/person/night)
Double 32
Single 42
 Hotel Douro*** Rua da Meditação, 71. 4150 - 487 Porto - Portugal (+351) 226 001 122  (+351) 226 001 090  http:/ www.hoteldouro.pt hoteldouro@clix.pt Rooms Price (€/night)
Single 45
Double/Twin 50
Hotel Ipanema Porto****   Rua do Campo Alegre,156/172 4150-169 Porto (+351)226 075 059 (+351) 226 063 339 www.ipanema-porto-hotel.pt ipanemaporto@


Hotel Fénix Porto **** Rua Gonçalo Sampaio,282 4150-365 Porto (+351) 226 071 800 (+351) 226 071 810 www.fenixporto.com fenixporto@


Hotel Tuela Porto***   R Arquitecto Marques Silva 200, 4150-483 Porto (+351) 226 004 747 (+351) 226 003 709 www.tuelaporto.com tuelaporto@


Hotel Ipanema Park***** Rua de Serralves, 124 4150-702 Porto (+351)225 322 100 (+351)226 102 809 http://www.ipanemaparkhotel.pt/ ipark@ipanemaparkhotel.pt 
  Best Western Hotel Inca****  Praça Coronel Pacheco, 52 4050-453 Porto (+351) 222 084 151 (+351) 222 054 756 www.hotelinca.com reservas@hotelinca.com www.hotelinca.com
  Hotel Infante de Sagres***** Praça Dona Filipa de Lencastre, 62 4050-259 Porto (+351) 223 398 500 (+351) 223 398 599 http://www.hotelinfantesagres.pt bookings@hotelinfantesagres.pt http://www.hotelinfantesagres.pt/Rates.html
  Residencial Brasília Rua Álvares Cabral, 221 - 4050-041 Porto - PORTUGAL (+351) 222 006 095   +351 22 200 65 10 http://www.


  Residencial dos Aliados*** Rua Elísio de Melo, 27 - 2º / 4000-196 Porto PORTUGAL  351 222 004 853/4 +351 222 002 710  http://www.


aliados@mail.telepac.pt http://www.residencialaliados.com/index_eng.htm
  Pensão Residencial Duas Nações  Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 59  4050-293 Porto (+351) 222-081-616 (+351) 222-081-617 http://www.duasnacoes.com.pt/ mailto:duasnacoes@


  Hotel da Bolsa*** Rua Ferreira Borges, 101 4050-253 Porto - Portugal (+351) 222 026 768 / 69 / 70 (+351) 222 058 888 http://www.hoteldabolsa.com/ mailto:hoteldabolsa@


  This hotels are closely from Rua Campo Alegre, so by this reason they are recommended


Trip do Douro valley, Sunday 23 September


8:50h  Meet at the railway station Porto-Campanhã. 

9:20h  Train departure

11:04h  Arrival at Régua

12:30h  Boat departure at Cais da Régua 12:45h  Lunch on board

14:15h  Arrival at Pinhão and visit the Hotel Vintage House

16:30h  Boat departure from Pinhão

18:30h  Arrival at Régua

19:03h  Train departure

20:49h  Arrival at Porto

Tip: For all of you, coming from United Kingdom (RC, JB), Germany (FH, BS, HS), Norway (RM, TJ), Belgium (DC, FS, SP, KM), Sweden (BJ), Hungary (EN, MN), Denmark (PS, SS), Zambia (SN), USA (AD) or Croatia (LB) don’t forget to bring a hat and a jacket as it can be very hot and/or very cold.  


Venue Information

On Saturday and Sunday we will be at the airport to welcome you, and then we’ll travel to the hotels by “metro”:   we are Agronomy students at UP: Anabela, Diana, Margarida, Mónica, Tiago and Sílvia.

On Monday and Wednesday the meeting will take place at “Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto” in Rua do Campo Alegre 695. Please see number 2 in the website http://www.fc.up.pt/fcup/campus/. (Praça Mousinho de Albuquerque is also known as Rotunda da Boavista).


OPorto city - some additional information

Porto, the country´s second largest city, is in itself full of interest, but the district it heads, though largely industrialized, offers the visitor plenty to see.
Along the coast, holiday resorts like the cosmopolitan beach of Espinho, busy ports like Matosinhos, with splendid seafood, or traditional fishing towns like Póvoa de Varzim, but where there is also an animated casino. Inland, for example, the quaint charm of Amarante, with 17th century mansions overlooking the river and famous for a kind of sweet egg pastries called "papos de anjo" (angel bellies).
Right next to Porto you can visit, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the lodges where Port wine is blended and aged and where you can taste the different varieties, or you may choose to take a river cruise along the Douro. The whole district is filled with prosperous towns, as commerce and industry thrive there, but you can drive along many calm roads with wonderful views over the river or enjoy a rugged and still unspoilt coastline.


Alto Douro Wine Region
The Alto Douro Wine region was, since 14 December of 2001, considered by UNESCO, Humanity Patrimony, in the category of cultural landscape. It is located in Northeast Portugal, surrounded by craggy mountains that give it very particular soil and climacteric characteristics. This region spreads over a total area of approximately 250 000 hectares and is divided into three sub-regions that differ greatly from each other not only as regards the weather but also for socio-economical reasons.
As far as the origin of the soil is concerned, most of the Demarcated Region, particularly along the Douro River and its tributaries, is schistose with some granite around the edges. The climate is characterized by very cold winters and hot, dry summers.

The stony soil and rigorous climacteric conditions mated viticulture the main activity of most farmers in the region. So before a vineyard can be planted on the very steep slopes, the land has to be shaped to form terraces. The manner by which the vines are trained is the one that best overcomes the restraints imposed upon them by the climate, the soil, the needs of the plants and the production goals. In many cases, almond and olives trees are planted around the edges of the vineyards.

Porto Wine
The most recognized wine that is produced in the Alto Douro Wine Region is the Port Wine. This wine is produced in the Demarcated Region of the Douro under very specific conditions. The winemaking procedures, based on traditional methods, include stopping the fermentation of the must by adding grape brandy (benefício), making up lots of wine and ageing the wine.
Once the vintage is concluded the cold comes and takes the place of the warm and pleasant Autumn.
It is then that young Porto starts its rest gaining in structure and complexity. In the following Spring, it is the time to open the cellars and to start the journey down to the City of Vila Nova de Gaia which faces Porto on the opposite bank of the Douro River.

This journey used to be made in the historical "Barcos Rabelos". It was a long and tumultuous voyage down a river which never let itself be tamed. But it was absolutely necessary that Porto Wine breathe the air of Gaia. The cold ambient temperature and humidity near the coast is determinant in the maturation process of Porto.

The ageing is marked by the evolution of the colour and the acquisition of a velvety taste. It consists of a natural oxidation process which causes the precipitation of the colouring material, a kind of mysterious form of breathing through the porous wood.

With the passing of the first years, the dark young Porto wines, with a deep purple colour of violet nuances gives way to a Ruby Porto with a vivid red colour recalling the precious stone of the same name.

Later, with the advance of time, the vivid red loses its intensity and tones down, giving way to a brownish Porto with topaz nuances, proper of a Tawny.
As regards the White Port, the colour evolution is precisely the opposite of that of the Red ones. With ageing, White Port becomes darker, ranging from a light straw-like colour when it is young to a sombre old gold when it is aged.

At the cellars, the wine is kept in barrels of noble wood, the work made by coopers who have served the Company for many generations.
There, asleep in a unique peacefulness, barrels and vats are lost in time 10, 20, 30 years...The time it takes for each wine to reach its exact point of maturity.

Port Wine stands out from ordinary wines due to its unique characteristics: an enormous variety of types that surprise us with the wealth and intensity of their incomparable aromas, a highly persistent aroma and flavour, a high alcohol content (usually between 19 and 22% vol.), a vast range of degrees of sweetness and a assortment of colours. There is a set of categories that identify the different types of Port Wine.

Consult these sites

The next sites will help you, if you want to know more about Oporto city, the wine and the region. The first two sites are about the mobility in the city and you can consult then to orientate better when you arrive to Portugal.
http://www.rvp.pt/index.php?lang=en http://www.cavesvinhodoporto.com/intro_en.htm http://www.realcompanhiavelha.pt/i_index.cfm




 A traditional system of modulating the fields to cultivate vegetables at the seaside is being developed in the NW of Portugal in the coast between Esposende and Vila do Conde. In this region the fields are protected from the winds by sand dunes. In this region the winds are frequently very strong and carry salt which is very aggressive for the plants. It would have been almost impossible to cultivate vegetables if farmers hadn’t created this very interesting system of modulating the landscape.

In the area where it used to have dunes, only the primary dune (the one closer to the sea) keeps remaining. On the rest of the area, farmers removed thousands of tonnes of sand, creating a field so, each field, with about 5000 squares meters, is like a bowl, limited by sand-slopes. People used to name this “masseira” which mean kneading through, a furniture existing in all homes at that time. In the sand-slopes they use to cultivate vines to help the fixation of the dune and to produce some grapes.

“Masseiras” have another interesting skill: as the sand was removed, the ground water is just above the soil (sometimes less than 1 meter). So, each field use to have its own weal and with a bomb or just a bucket, water can be easily carried to the field to irrigate vegetables.

 For the last 20 years the “masseiras” are disappearing. The high quotation of the sand for civil construction, push farmers to sell the sand. In the “masseira”, now open and unprotected from the winds, they’ve installed a plastic greenhouse. Therefore they can access easily to the field as the open space facilitates the tractor movements. With the money of the sand of just one “masseira” a farmer can buy the greenhouse and construct his own house. This is the reason why “masseiras” have almost disappeared. Despite this, the seaside between Esposende and Vila do Conde is still an important region of vegetables production.

 (*) (prepared by Ana Aguiar in September 2007 for the technical visit integrated in the meeting “IOBC – integrated pest management in field vegetables”, Porto 23-28 September 2007)