The economic relevance of temperate tree nuts as almond (Prunus dulcis), walnut (Juglans regia), pistachio (Pistacia vera), hazelnut (Corylus avellana) and chestnut (Castanea sativa) is confirmed from the increasing demand for the products on the global market that, in turn, is demanding an increase of production in a sustainable way. The aim of the Division Temperate Tree Nuts is to represent a reference organization for distinguished scientists, internationally renowned experts, and stakeholders, for sharing the most advanced knowledge derived from research activities. It is also intended to facilitate the development of scientific cooperation projects to explore new scientific frontiers along the production chain, from farm to table. The key areas of the Division include: characterization, evaluation, and conservation of biodiversity, tree biology and physiology, cultivar and rootstock evaluation, genetics and breeding, vegetative propagation and nursery certification, orchard systems, mechanization and automation, sustainable and precision horticultural practices, including environmental-friendly pest and disease control, and management of the postharvest life of unprocessed and processed nuts. Indeed, the health benefits of nuts are often reduced by safety issues connected to allergens and mycotoxin contamination. Please let me, as Chair of the Division, know your thoughts; it would be good to discuss if you have any suggestions.
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