Prepared by Dr. Deena Errampalli, President, Canadian Phytopathological Society
The 11th European Foundation for Plant Pathology (EFPP) conference was held in Krakow, Poland from Sept 8-13, 2014. More than 300 delegates from 44 countries and 5 continents attended the conference and shared their scientific research, developed new collaborations and strengthened existing collaborations.
The EFPP (http://www.efpp.net/default.htm) Board met with the representatives of different plant pathology Societies from Europe and Canada (Photo below). See the REPORT OF THE 12th MEETING OF THE BOARD OF THE EFPP WITH DELEGATES OF MEMBER SOCIETIES Krakow, Monday 8 September 2014 at: http://www.efpp.net/Documents/DRAFT%20Report%20Board%20meeting%20EFPP%20Krakow%202014.pdf
12th Meeting of the EFPP board and delegates of member societies.
In front, from left to right: Dr. Arne Hermansen (EFPP treasurer), Dr. Piet M. Boonekamp (EFPP vice-president), Prof. Małgorzata Mańka (EFPP president), Dr. Martin Verbeek (EFPP general secretary).
Middle row, from left to right: Prof. Tatiana E. Şesan (Romania), Dr. Deena Errampalli (Canada), Prof. Małgorzata Jędryczka (Poland), Dr. Lesley Torrance (UK).
Back row, from left to right: Prof. Piotr Sobiczewski (Poland), Prof. Maria I. Clara (Portugal), Prof. Maria M. Lopez (Spain), Dr. Petr Komínek (Czech Republic), Prof. Radovan Pokorný (Czech Republic), Dr. Victoria Luksha (Belarus), Dr. Natalia Sklimenok (Belarus), Dr. Nenad Keča (Serbia)
The conference with the theme, ‘Healthy Plants- Healthy People’, was opened by Prof Malgorzata Mańka, President of the EFPP and the dignitaries from Poland brought best wishes to the delegates. Deena Errampalli extended greetings from Canadian plant pathologists to the European colleagues. An excellent scientific program was organised by Prof. Piotr Sobiczewski (Chair) and in his international scientific committee. A special thank you goes to Prof. Malgorzata (Gosia) Jedryczka (Secretary of the Scientific Committee),whose careful thought, creativity, dedication, leadership and hard work in the organization of every aspect of the conference made it a memorable event for all those that had attended the conference. There were eight contributed oral presentations sessions: 1. New pathogens and shifts in pathogenicity; 2. Toxic metabolites of pathogens; 3. Pathogen identification, detection and monitoring; 4. Genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics; 5. Diseases of trees in forests and recreation sites; 6. Plant disease management; 7. Plant pathogens in soil, air, and water and 8. Plant disease resistance. A special session in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, with a lecture on biological monitoring in the treatment salt chambers of the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Resort, concluded with an amazing conference dinner, in the hall about 125 meters below the ground level, with the floors, ceiling and walls, made up by salt rock. In addition, three workshops on Ramularia leaf spot of barley, Black leg of crucifers and Clubroot of crucifers, and the 5th International Seed Health Conference were held on the September 12th. At the EFPP conference closing ceremony, awards for best poster presentations in each of the scientific and workshop sessions were presented (Photo below).
EFPP Conference award winners
The conference concluded with a field tour to the ecological orchard (September 12th) where participants observed diseases of tree fruits, and an excursion and field trip to the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland area, a land of caves, castles, and unusual limestone cliffs, ravines and rock formations in the forest (September 13). http://www.efpp11-krakow.pl/ The next EFPP conference will be held in 2017 (location to be determined).
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