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Bologna (Italy), 10-13 june 2015

International Symposium on the Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit

The Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, among the first institutions to introduce kiwifruit in Italy, is a landmark for the research on PSA and its control strategies.

Thus, we are proud to host the 2nd International Symposium on the Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit. All the scientists interested in epidemiology, molecular biology and pathology of PSA are welcome to share their experiences.

The final goal of the symposium is a deeper understanding of the host-pathogen interactions towards new environmentally friendly and cost effective ways of fighting the disease.

The conference will encompass a range of topics that relate to Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) highlighting in particular the most recent developments in the following topics:

I. Germoplasm resources, plant resistance and breeding
II. Pathogen biology
III. Ecology and Epidemiology
IV. Plant-microbe interaction
V. Control strategies
VI. Methods and diagnosis

The Symposium will take place in Bologna at the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna.

The origin of the University of Bologna dates back to 1088 - the oldest University in the Western world. Today the Bologna University is split into 11 Schools and 33 Departments with more than 85000 students.

Tentative program
Wednesday 10 June. Registration in the afternoon, opening lecture and welcome cocktail
Thursday 11 June. Oral and poster sessions
Friday 12 June. Field and technical visit, Social Dinner
Saturday 13 June. Oral and poster sessions. Symposium conclusions

The official language of the meeting will be English.

Conference registration fees

Bologna has an airport with direct flights to most of the major cities around Europe. A dedicated Aerobus line as well as taxi services connect the airport to the Bologna city centre. (Warning: Citizens of some countries may require a Visa before entering Italy. Please check with the Italian Embassy in your country).

June may show high temperatures in Bologna, although cool days occur as well. Some rain is also possible.

Symposium information
Dr. Francesco Spinelli:
Prof. Guglielmo Costa:
Organizing Secretariat:

Scientific committee:

Francesco Spinelli
Marco Scortichini
Gianni Tacconi

Joel Vanneste
Ross Fergurson
Paul Rainey
Mirco Montefiori

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Organizing committee:
Francesco Spinelli (University of Bologna - DipSA)
Irene Donati (University of Bologna - DipSA)
Giampaolo Buriani (University of Bologna - DipSA)
Antonio Cellini (University of Bologna - DipSA )
Enrico Biondi (University of Bologna - DipSA )
Marco Adami
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