Today in Madrid, the Royal Academy of Engineering is hosting the presentation of La sanidad vegetal en la agricultura y silvicultura: Retos y perspectivas para la próxima década (‘Plant Health in Agriculture and Forestry: Challenges and Perspectives for the Next Decade’), a publication that presents the challenges plant health faces and those that it will probably have to face in the future.
It has been written by Rafael M. Jiménez-Díaz, María Milagros López and Ramon Albajes, three agricultural engineers with expertise in different areas of plant health. Albajes, a researcher, consultant and former director of Agrotecnio, specialises in the ecology and control of agricultural pests and will focus his talk on the impact of climate change on plant health.
Plant health contributes to increasing productivity in agriculture and forestry. It aims to reduce crop and forest losses due to phytophagous arthropod pests, diseases and weeds, which amount to one third of the yield achievable despite control measures. It also aims to improve the sustainability of agro-ecosystems.