Sudoliva, a project that will determine the age of centenary olive trees in Latin America

Sudoliva, a project that will determine the age of centenary olive trees in Latin America

2018/13/03 - The research project developed by Peruvian scientist and olive expert Gianfranco Vargas Flores on "The Cultivation of Olive Trees in Peru: South American Olive Heritage" is the germ of the Sudoliva project that, through a competition and a research project will determine the age of the Peruvian olive groves, promoting the heritage of monumental olive trees. Now the project will be also extended to Argentina.
The investigation of Vargas Flores, external researcher of the Research Institute of the Professional School of Tourism and Hospitality of the University of San Martin de Porres (USMP), supported the creation of the competition Sudoliva 2017: Olivo de San Martín de Porres, the first South American contest of extra virgin olive oils organized by the USMP, which in turn aroused the interest of key institutions such as PromPerú and the Technological Institute of Production of the Peruvian Ministry of Production, who supported and sponsored the initiative.

World-class experts from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile participated in these awards. "The first edition took place in Lima last September and the second will be in Arica, in the north of Chile next year," the Argentine Engineer Esteban Santipolio told Diario de Cuyo.

Similarly, the Spanish Santander Foundation, interested in this research and initiative, contributed with the dispatch of two olive experts to calculate the age of the monumental olive trees of all the olive and olive oil producing regions in Peru, in order to achieve its patrimonialization, thus reinforcing the identity of each region through its cultural, gastronomic and tourist heritage. In fact, these experts determined for the first time the ages of the olive trees in El Olivar Park in San Isidro, establishing what was planted by Fray Martín de Porres in the 17th century.

Sudoliva "is the first cross-sectional and interdisciplinary study that deals with the identification and enhancement of shared olive heritage in South America, made up of the monumental olive trees planted during the viceroyalty," explains Santipolio, who assures the Argentine newspaper that they have mantained "conversations with public and private institutions of San Juan (Argentina), in order to advance the realization of the contest in our province and also identify and measure their olive heritage and that of the entire country."
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