ICPP, 13th International Congress of Plant Pathology

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Plant Health 2024 

The American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting – Save the date!

Joint Meeting of IOBC-WPRS WGs “Integrated Protection of Soft and Stone Fruits” 

Signs and Realities

Harvesting the Future: Embracing the Synergy of Integrated Pest Management, Crop Technology and Organic Solutions in Soft and Stone Fruit Cultivation

The goal of the IOBC-WPRS Joint Meeting of the Working Groups “Integrated Protection of Soft and Stone Fruits”, organized by the National Institute of Horticultural Research, Skierniewice (Poland), is to present and exchange the latest knowledge related to the Integrated Fruit Production and Integrated Pest Management.

The event will be an excellent opportunity to promote collaboration between researchers, advisors and producers interested in: integrated and biological control of soft and stone fruit arthropod pests and diseases, new developments in disease and pest warning systems, organic fruit production, invasive and exotic fruit pests, weed management, pesticide resistance and side effects on beneficials, pesticides residues in the fruit food chain and much more…

To make the IOBC-WPRS Joint Meeting even more fruitful, we have planned to combine it with the ISHS IV International Organic Fruit Symposium and ISHS II Organic Vegetable Symposium! All events will share the pest management session and social activities, which shall provide a broader forum for discussion and exchange of ideas.

Proposed research topics

  • Integrated control of soft and stone fruit arthropod pests
  • Integrated plant protection of diseases in soft and stone crops
  • New developments and opportunities in disease and pest warning systems
  • Biological control of pests and diseases in fruit production
  • Organic fruit production
  • Chemical Ecology: application in IFP
  • Invasive and exotic fruit pests
  • Ecology of pesticides: resistance and side effect on beneficials
  • Weed Management
  • Application Technology
  • Pesticide risk indicators to assess the sustainable use of pesticides in IFP
  • Dissemination strategies in Integrated Production
  • IPM Guidelines
  • Pesticides residues in the fruit food chain

Download: First Announcement (pdf)

Meeting website: https://fruitipm2024.pl

ICPPB & Biocontrol 2024

ICPPB & Biocontrol 2024 will bring together two conferences with the overarching theme of how new insights into the biology, evolution, and ecology of plant associated bacteria and technological advances ranging from bioinformatics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, remote sensing, to machine learning can be used to improve prevention and control of bacterial plant diseases to feed a growing world population in the face of climate change.

13th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP2028)

Theme: The Human Face of Plant Pathology

The congress will be organised by the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS).

IOBC-WPRS Council Convenor Meeting 2023

Dear Convenors and Council members,

We would like to invite you to the next council-convenor meeting of IOBC-WPRS, which will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from the 7th to the 9th of November.

We invite all convenors to prepare a short presentation of the activities of their Commission, Working Group or Study Group. There will be ample time to discuss points raised by council members and convenors, and to attend to official business of the IOBC-WPRS.

We look forward to meet you in Ghent this fall.

Giselher Grabenweger, IOBC-WPRS President

Bruno Gobin, Local Organizer


IOBC-WPRS General Assembly 2023 (online)

Dear members of the IOBC-WPRS,

The IOBC-WPRS Executive Committee has decided to hold a short, extraordinary General Assembly online, in the course of the Council Convenor Meeting in November this year. All members with functions as convenors or council members will be there at the CC-Meeting anyway, and all additional members of IOBC-WPRS will have the chance to participate and vote online. 

The GA will take place online on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 CET.

There will be only one agenda point, vote on the changes of the IOBC-WPRS statutes. I will explain all the necessary changes and we will vote immediately after that. The modified statutes, with modifications clearly marked, will be sent out to all of you several weeks before the meeting, so that everyone has a chance to go through the changes and check thoroughly. Detailed information, e.g., on access to the online meeting, and on the voting procedure, will be sent out together with the modified statutes.

I would like to ask you to save the date, and participate in this GA and make use of your right to vote!

Best regards and have a nice summer!

Giselher Grabenweger
IOBC-WPRS President

Kick-off Meeting of the EWRS Working Group on Biological Control

Re-establishment of the EWRS Working Group on Biological Control

Biological control of weeds is based on the exploitation of natural enemies and offers an environmentally benign, sustainable and cost-effective approach for weed control. Such approach is complementary to currently implemented control strategies and lends itself to being part of an integrated management strategy. In Europe the use of biological control in weed management has recently gathered moment with a number of European countries actively pursuing research into and implementation of this method.

As some might recall a Working Group on Biological Control under the framework of EWRS formally existed until 2016. However, its activities have very much ceased since 2013 resulting in this important research area currently not being covered within the Society. Hence an initiative to re-establish this working group is currently under way. It is planned that the scope of the group will include all aspects of weed biological control ranging from classical, inundative/augmentative and conservation to botanicals and plant-based products as well as mycoherbicides and mycotoxins.

Read more: https://ewrs.org/en/info/Events/Kick-off-Meeting-of-the-EWRS-Working-Group-on-Biological-Control

IPSP 2024, 14th Conference of the IOBC-WPRS WG “Integrated Protection of Stored Products (IPSP)”

Scope of the Conference

The objective of the Conference is to present recent research advances and new solutions and strategies in integrated pest management (IPM) of stored products,both durable and food-processing commodities. The emphasis is given on pestprevention, detection and biorational and non-toxic methods of control, with anultimate aim to prevent damages caused by insects, mites, pathogenic fungi, rodentsand birds, and reduce losses in the food chain.

The world of agriculture faces many problems with the increasing threat of climatechange, the need to feed an expanding world population, biodiversity loss, consumerdemands of high-quality products, pesticide restrictions etc. Even though post-harvestprocessing and maintenance is a significant part of the food chain, it has been neglected in comparison to “open field“ agriculture.

Our goal is to promote the use of sustainable, environmentally safe economicallyfeasible and socially acceptable methods for control of stored products of pests anddiseases, gather scientists from around the world and provide a unique opportunity toexchange knowledge and research results in this regard, as well as to communicate on a wide range of topics. The emphasis is given on IPM, as this pest management strategy addresses both environmental safety and socio-economicissues.

The congress is undoubtedly the ideal meeting place to network and interact, establish the starting point for future collaborations and breakthrough innovations in stored product pest management.


Plant BioProTech & IOBC-IR

The Plant BioProTech and the IOBC-WPRS Working Group “Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases” (IOBC-IR) are joining forces to build an exceptional symposium next June 17-20th, 2024 in Castellon de la Plana, Spain.

The joint symposium will gather expert from both scientific and industry sector to exchange and build collaboration in the sector of agriculture and in particular, in the development, formulation and distribution of bioproducts (e.g.: elicitors, biocontrol agents, biostimulants). The new edition of the events represents an ideal moment, for researchers and industrials, to meet, discuss and share their latest results, developments and innovations and build tomorrow’s partnerships.

About the Plant BioProTech

The plant BioProTech is a leading European symposium founded by the Induced Resistance & Plant Bioprotection lab form the University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes and coorganised with Bioeconomy For Change, the French Bioeconomy cluster. The symposium focuses on scientific, technical and political aspects related to the plant bioprotection, bringing impacts on the scientific community, and the industry sector, in particular firms involved in the development, formulation and distribution of bioproducts. It allows researchers and industrials experts in biocontrol to meet, discuss and share their latest results, developments and innovations in the field.
The last edition gathered more than 260 participants and 90 speakers from all over the world. 

About the IOBC-WPRS WG “Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases” (IOBC-IR)

IOBC-IR is a working group with experts fostering collaboration between scientists interested in problems linked with induced resistance (IR) and induced tolerance (IT), against diseases and insects in within members of WPRS. The aim is to share experience and eventually facilities, with special emphasis on joint or complementary programmes of work, increasing the general knowledge in the domain and offering this knowledge to the whole scientific community.
The last edition gathered more than 115 participants.

Topics particularly targeted:

  • Plant response to biotic or abiotic stresses
  • Beneficial microorganisms & plant growth promotion
  • Elicitors & plant innate immunity
  • Microbial sensing & induced resistance
  • Biocontrol & climate change
  • Synthetic biology

Meeting website: https://plant-bioprotech-2023.b2match.io

For regular meeting updates also check LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/plant-bioprotech

Third International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC3)

The International Congress of Biological Control is the flagship event of the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC) which promotes environmentally safe methods of pest and disease control.

The 2024 congress, co-organized by CABI and IOBC-Global, builds on the 1st International Congress of Biological Control (Beijing, 2018), the 1st International Conference of Biological Control (Bengaluru, 2018) and the 2nd International Congress of Biological Control (Davos, 2021).

ICBC3 will provide a platform for multi and inter-disciplinary biological control research and application. This congress will be co-organized locally by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica which promotes the use of biological control approaches as a sustainable method for the management of key indigenous and introduced pests.

This congress is unique in serving as a meeting point for scientists and practitioners who are working on a wide breadth of biological control targets including insect pests, plant and animal diseases, weeds and invasive vertebrates whether they use importation, augmentation or conservation as approaches and whether they are interested in basic science related to biological control or in improving applications.

Congress website: https://www.iobc-icbc.com

IV International Organic Fruit Symposium and II International Organic Vegetable Symposium (OrgHort 2024)

The goal of the ISHS IV International Organic Fruit Symposium and II Organic Vegetable Symposium (OrgHort 2024), organized by the National Institute of Horticultural Research, Skierniewice (Poland), is to gather, share and disseminate knowledge on organic horticulture with a multidisciplinary and holistic attitude.

OrgHort 2024 is expected to address the major issues that are confronted by organic horticulture with respect to production systems, as well as new challenges derived from regulatory and market requirements for organic food and value chains. The exchange of codified and implicit knowledge among the different international stakeholders attending OrgHort 2024 will foster the establishment of knowledge networks increasing the opportunities of future ventures and developments in the sector.
The global policies toward reduced impacts of agriculture on the environment and the positive market trends of organic food are posing new challenges and opportunities also to organic horticultural productions. Climate change, soil degradation, water scarcity and reduction of biodiversity are all globally affecting agricultural production systems, and particularly organic farming due to different constraints.

OrgHort 2024 shall thus provide a forum for discussing possible holistic solutions that combine best environmental and climate action practices, a high level of biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources and high food quality and safety, able to reinforce resilience and sustainability of organic horticultural cropping systems and food production chains.
In this respect, the contribution of OrgHort 2024 will  cover aspects dealt with by the Four Principles of organic farming set by IFOAM and the targets of the 2030 SDG, particularly to sustain and enhance the health of soil, plants, humans and the overall planet with the One Health vision, supporting an agroecological approach and improving implementation of fair practices along the food chain.

International Scientific Workshop “Diversifying Business Models for Biocontrol Deployment”

International Scientific Workshop "Diversifying Business Models for Biocontrol Deployment"

The French Priority Research Programme “Growing and Protecting crops Differently”(PPR-CPA),  organises its International Scientific Workshop “Diversifying Business Models for Biocontrol Deployment”, from May 31 to June 2, 2023. The event will be held both in Paris (within the limits of available places) and online, in English only (no translation into French). It will be organised as follows:

  • The sessions from May 31 to June 1, 2023 are open to all,
  • The session of June 2, 2023 is reserved for speakers and guests.

During this scientific event, we will provide an overview of the diversity of business models used worldwide for the different types of biocontrol strategies (together with autocidal control and scouting activities supporting biocontrol), discuss their pros and cons, evaluate their potential for wider deployment and discuss the way public and private policies can facilitate their implementation.

PlantBioRes 2023, “Biological induced resistance in plants against pathogens using beneficial microbes and natural substances”, ICPP2023 Satellite Symposium

Biological induced resistance in plants against pathogens and their vectors using beneficial microbes and natural substances: Recent advances and future challenges

Induced immunity and resistance in plants against pathogens and their vectors using beneficial microbes (fungi, bacteria, viruses), natural substances (bacterial metabolites or extracts, plant metabolites or extracts, bio-sourced compounds, etc.), physical stimulation, and allelochemicals, is an ecofriendly biological control strategy that promotes plant health and fits with the current needs for sustainable agriculture. The proposed symposium will focus on the recent advances in agroecological immunity and will target all scientists and actors working or interested by such a concept. Particular attention will be addressed to the recent discoveries regarding cross-protection phenomenon against pathogenic microorganisms threatening plant health and crop production and to the mechanisms underlying plant defense elicitation and priming. The intrinsic and the extrinsic factors affecting the efficacy, the expression, and the sustainability of induced immunity in field conditions will also be considered. The symposium will be organized in several specific sessions (orals, posters, and invited keynotes) dedicated to these topics and related issues. It will be an opportunity to the researchers, agronomists, stakeholders, and industrials concerned by plant induced resistance, and more generally by the agroecological transition in agriculture, to share their recent knowledge and future challenges regarding this topic.

Fore more information, download the PlantBioRes 2023 announcement flyer (pdf)

ICBPSA23, International Conference on BioProtection for Sustainable Agriculture

The conference will take place in Can Tho (in the campus of Can Tho University), in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, from 26 to 28 July 2023. It will bring together scientists and stakeholders involved in improving crop protection. It will provide an opportunity to share experiences in the field of bioprotection with participants from different parts of the world. The conference will last 3 days: 1 day of plenary session, 1 day of parallel sessions and 1 day of field visits.

The conference is organised by 5 universities in Vietnam and a French agricultural research organisation. This event is supported by the French Embassy in Vietnam, and is part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam. The conference is also financed by CIRAD (France and Vietnam) on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of CIRAD’s scientific cooperation in Vietnam, and also funded by ASEA (Agroecology in South-East Asia) which is a research and training partnership platform, which brings together research and educational institutions sharing a common interest to support Agroecological transition in South East Asia.

Participation is free of charge, and participants are invited to submit oral or poster papers in English. Internationally renowned personalities in the field of bioprotection will give keynote lectures during the plenary session.

Save the date! A second announcement will soon give more precise information on registration, abstract submission and deadlines.


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