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Zaragoza (Spain)

12 - 16 Nov 2018

Cours CIHEAM

Advanced course in plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa: detection, identification, monitoring and control

The main objective of the course is to improve capacity building and raise awareness by providing advanced knowledge on the biology and ecology of X. fastidiosa and its vectors, epidemiology of the diseases it causes, the status of the current situation in Europe and worldwide, as well as to discuss new approaches to investigate host-pathogen-vector interactions, and recent developments in sustainable disease management and legislative measures.

Updated on 09/24/2018
Published on 06/18/2018

Organisation

The course is jointly organized by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment (MAPAMA), through the General Directorate of Agricultural Production Health, the EU H2020 funded projects XF-ACTORS “Xylella Fastidiosa Active Containment Through a multidisciplinary- Oriented Research Strategy” and POnTE “Pests Organisms Threatening Europe”, and the EU H2020 MSCA-RISE project CURE-XF “Capacity Building and Raising Awareness in Europe and in Third Countries to Cope with Xylella fastidiosa”.

Objective

The vector-borne bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, widely distributed in America, has re-emerged as a global threat for agricultural crops, the natural environment and landscape after its recent introduction in Asia and Europe. When entering a new area with adequate ecological conditions, including suitable plant hosts (hundreds of plant species), climate, and native vectors, this pathogen can rapidly become entrenched in the territory, causing severe socio-economic damage and loss of biodiversity.

To date there are no efficacious means to cure infected host plants, therefore efficient monitoring programmes for early detection are necessary to prevent the establishment in new areas. Knowledge of the different components of the pathosystems (the specific interactions strain(s)-host(s)-vector(s)-environment) is relevant for designing containment and management strategies in the areas where the bacterium established itself.

The main objective of the course is to improve capacity building and raise awareness by providing advanced knowledge on the biology and ecology of X. fastidiosa and its vectors, epidemiology of the diseases it causes, the status of the current situation in Europe and worldwide, as well as to discuss new approaches to investigate host-pathogen-vector interactions, and recent developments in sustainable disease management and legislative measures. The course will include an overview of the ongoing EU research on X. fastidiosa.

At the end of the course participants will:

  • have sound knowledge on the biology and ecology of the bacterium and its interactions with host plants and vectors,
  • understand vector life cycle and mechanisms of bacterial transmission and have gained expertise on sampling and identification of insect vectors,
  • have learned theoretical and practical knowledge and developed skills on sampling and advanced diagnostic procedures, including molecular, on-site and remote sensing approaches for the early detection of the infections and subspecies assignation,
  • have improved competence in plant health: principles of the current EU legislation on X. fastidiosa, official protocols and guidelines for monitoring and diagnosis of the bacterium,
  • have acquired knowledge on the different aspects driving the epidemics and competence in performing pest risk assessment and developing management tools adapted to different scenarios.

Registration

Candidates wishing to participate in the full course programme must apply online at the following address: http://www.admission.iamz.ciheam.org/en/

More information

www.iamz.ciheam.org

Plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa

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