The prestigious olive oil company announces the third session of the award competition bearing the name of the company’s president. The competition is held in collaboration with the University of Jaén and this year, for the first time, with the participation of the renowned American university UC Davis, one of the world authorities in the field of olive cultivation. The 6,000€ prize has been awarded to a research team from the University of Córdoba. Their study will be published in a bilingual edition of 1000 copies.
The olive fruit fly is one of the most damaging pests to affect olive groves, destroying up to 40% of the harvest. This study, which has just been awarded the Castillo de Canena “Luis Vañó” Prize for Research Related to the Olive Oil Industry, demonstrates that a fungus called Metarhizium brunneum (a natural enemy of the olive fruit fly) can be used as an effective, affordable and organic method to destroy the larva of this harmful insect (Bactrocera oleae). According to the conclusions of this study, the researchers achieved a 50% reduction in the population density of the flies by applying this environmentally innocuous fungus to the trees’ trunks twice a year.
The International Castillo de Canena “Luis Vañó” Prize for Research Related to the Olive Oil Industry is awarded every two years, in collaboration with the University of Jaén. In this session the competition has become much more international thanks to the participation of distinguished researchers from the American university UC Davis, one of the greatest universities in the world in the field of olive cultivation, and the indisputable intellectual force driving the burgeoning California olive oil industry.