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Priming the future for healthy plants

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The Institute for Sustainable food hosts the International Organisation for Biological Control (IOBC)-WPRS PR-IR 2020: Priming the Future for Healthy Plants

14 – 17 September 2020

About the conference

Pleased to announce the PR-IR meeting, organised on behalf of the ‘Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases’ working group of the International Organisation for Biological Control. 2020 has been declared “International Year of Plant Health” by the United Nations and this meeting celebrates this significant recognition of the importance of plant health within sustainable agriculture.

IOBC PR-IR meetings provide a specialist forum for researchers on plant responses to microbial pathogens and invertebrate herbivores to exchange information and discuss the latest ideas on induced resistance. The focus will be on fundamental science, but with a view to the potential to exploit new understanding for crop protection. The meeting will cover a broad range of topics, from the mechanisms for initial perception of pests and pathogens and signalling pathways for induced resistance, to the ways in which multitrophic interactions with microbiomes and natural enemies influence the relationships between plants and their pests and pathogens. In addition to a range of invited expert speakers there will be opportunities for delegates to present talks and posters.

Plant Health 2020

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The theme selected for Plant Health 2020 conference is “Scientific Credibility: Changing the Climate,” inspired in ​large part ​​​by ​the growing gap in understanding and respect between scientists and the public, as well as a book writ​​ten by Richard Harris​, ​​NPR Science Reporter, titled Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions.​

Plant Health 2020 is organized by the The American Phytopathological Society (APS).

Our Plants, Our Future

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Our Plants; Our future is a 2 day scientific conference at the Royal Society to mark the International Year of Plant Health 2020 and showcase the best of UK plant health science to a national and International audience of invited scientists and key influencers.

LonfonLThe meeting will be organised by the BSPP and supported by the UKRI-BBSRC, Defra/Fera Future-Proofing Plant Health Programme, the CONNECTED virus-vector network and the N8 AgriFood on behalf of the Global Burden of Crop Loss initiative. A small number of student bursaries are available, details to be announced shortly.

International Symposium on Cereal Leaf Blights 2020

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The International Symposium on Cereal Leaf Blights is co-organized together with the CRP-Wheat Septoria Platform (CIMMYT; ICARDA) and the Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA). This year’s symposium coincides with the International Year of Plant Health and continues its tradition in providing a unique platform for students, academicians, researchers and practitioners to exchange their ideas, experiences and research results in various aspects on cereal leaf blight diseases. The Symposium will feature plenary and concurrent sessions embracing the challenges and opportunities facing the scientific and the cereal growers’ communities.

​​Potato plants at highest risk of potato virus Y infection during first three weeks

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Potato virus Y is the most economically important and devastating aphid-transmitted virus, affecting both tuber yield and quality. The virus is also a major cause of seed potato degeneration, which leads to regular flushing out of seed potatoes after limited field production cycles. There is no remedy for this virus and once a plant becomes infected, it stays sick for life.

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Can chickpea genes save mustard seeds from blight disease?

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Alternaria blight caused by fungal pathogen devastates Brassica crops such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and mustard seed. Highly infectious, this fungus can infect the host plant at all stages of growth. Currently Alternaria blight is managed by chemical fungicides, but recently efforts have been made to utilize breeding and modern biotechnological approaches to develop blight-resistant crop varieties.

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