Report of the III International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology held from June 7-11, 2015 in Bari, Italy
Over 200 delegates from 40 countries in 5 continents attended the III International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology from June 7-11, 2015 in Bari, Italy and explored a wide-range of recent advances in postharvest pathology and disease control.
The symposium was held under the patronage of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), the International Society of Plant Pathology (ISPP), the Italian Phytopathological Society (SIPaV) and EXPO2015. This is the first joint meeting between the Postharvest Pathology Subject Matter Committee of the ISPP and Postharvest Pathology Working group of ISHS. The symposium brought together the postharvest pathology researchers across from the globe and the delegates shared their scientific research, developed new collaborations and strengthened existing collaborations. In particular, it was encouraging to see many new young scientists participating along with the experienced colleagues and exchanging knowledge of postharvest pathology, developing new collaborations, and working towards postharvest innovations.
The theme of the III International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology was, ‘Using science to increase food availability’. An excellent scientific program was organised by the Convener, Antonio Ippolito and the international scientific committee and the organizing committees.
The III International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology International Scientific Committee posing with the ‘postharvest pathology symposium mascot -pear’. From left to right: Paolo Bertolini (Italy), Antonio Ippolito (Convener of the Symposium; Italy), Micheal Wisniewski (USA), Samir Droby (Israel), Deena Errampalli (Canada), Josef Usall (Spain), Juan Pablo Zoffoli (Chile), Lise Korsten (South Africa),Kerry Everett (New Zealand) and Davide Spadaro (Italy)
Not present in the photo: Asgar Ali (Malaysia), Vincenzo De Cicco (Italy), Luis Gonzalez Candelas (Spain), Maria Ludovica Gullino (Italy), Pervin Kinay Teksur (Turley), Jia Liu (China), Leon Terry (UK), Shiping Tian (China), and Sylvana Vero (Uruguay).
The symposium opened with talks on the history and perspectives of the postharvest pathology symposia by Samir Droby, Michael Wisniewski, Joseph Usall, Pervin Kinay Teksur and Antonio Ippolito. Two inaugural invited lectures of the evening were, Next Generation Sequencing for next generation crops by Massimo Delledonne, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy; and Science and social media: how to avoid feeding the troll and save your time by Lorenzo Mannella, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy. On the June 8, the dignitaries, Antonio Felice Uricchio, Rector of Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro; Teodoro Miano, Head of Dipartimento di Scienze del Suolo, della Pianta e degli Alimenti; Fabrizio Nardoni, Assessore alle Risorse Agroalimentari Regione Puglia, and Antonio Ippolito, Convener welcomed the delegates to the symposium.
The scientific program during the next three days included invited lectures, contributed oral and poster presentations, and exhibitions. The seven contributed oral presentations sessions were, 1. Studies on Host–Pathogen interactions; 2. Microorganisms as Biocontrol agents; 3. The Microbiome and Its Relation to Postharvest Pathology; 4. Toxic Fungal Metabolites and Postharvest Pathology; 5. Epidemiology and Detection of Postharvest Pathogens; 6. Alternative means for the Management of Postharvest Pathogens; and 7. Integrated approaches and new products to reduce food waste. One Round table on Innovations in the management of table grape diseases was held. Each of the sessions began with invited lectures and continued with contributed oral presentations. There were three poster presentation sessions. A joint business meeting of the Postharvest Pathology Subject Matter Committee of the ISPP and the Postharvest Pathology Working group of ISHS was held just before the Closing ceremony. The scientific program concluded with a gala dinner and the awards presentation for best posters at the Sala Zonno, overlooking the beautiful Bari bay on the June 10.
On the final day of the symposium, the delegates participated in a field tour where they visited a fruit packing house and observed processing of cherries and peaches that are being packaged for the export and local markets. The drive along the cherry and olive production sites was a treat. On the way back to Bari, the delegates had an opportunity to visit Albero Bello, a monumental Trulli village of the 1400’s, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 (Photo) and Polignano a Mare, a fascinating medieval village perched on a high and jagged coastline with many caves. The food, wine and ice cream of the region were outstanding!!! Good times was had by all!
Congratulations to Antonio Ippolito and the Organizing and Scientific Committees for a successful and productive symposium on postharvest pathology in Bari, Italy.
Looking forward, the symposium delegates voted to meet in South Africa in May2017 and Lise Korsten will be the convener of the 4th International Postharvest Pathology Symposium.
President, Canadian Phytopathological Society
Member, International Scientific Committee of the III International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology