Organisation

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

Why Xylella

The vector-borne bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, widely spread in America, has re-emerged as 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 damages and loss of biodiversity. To date there are no effective means to cure infected host plants, therefore efficient monitoring programs for early detection are necessary to prevent its 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.

Key reasons to attend this course

The course will provide advanced knowledge, improve capacity building and raise awareness on the following: biology and ecology of X. fastidiosa and its vectors; epidemiology of the diseases it causes; status of the current situation in Europe and worldwide; new approaches to investigate host-pathogen-vector interactions; recent developments in sustainable disease management and legislative measures.

The course is targeted at professionals from plant protection services or competent authorities in plant health certification and inspection, technical advisors and experts from R&D institutions involved or concerned in the development and implementation of prevention and management plans against Xylella fastidiosa and its vectors. Participation will also be open to candidates with the same professional background that wish only to attend all or part of the lectures (excluding practical work sessions).
Those interested in partial participation should use the dedicated inscription section.

At the end of the course participants will have:

  1. Sound knowledge on the biology and ecology of the bacterium and its interactions with host plants and vectors.
  2. Understanding of the vector life cycle and mechanisms of bacterial transmission and expertise on sampling and identification of insect vectors.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Acquired knowledge on the different aspects driving the epidemics and competence in performing pest risk assessment and developing management tools adapted to different scenarios.

16 leading international experts

26 hours in-class training

10 hours practical tutorials

Guest lecturers

Programme

Plant diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa: Detection, identification, monitoring and control.
Zaragoza (Spain), 12-16 November 2018


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09:00-    10:00

Opening

10:00-    11:00

Introduction

M.A. Jacques

11:00-    11:30

Coffee break

11:30-    13:30

Biology and ecology of X. fastidiosa in the host plants

M.A. Jacques, L. de la Fuente

13:30-    15:00

Lunch break

15:00-    17:00

Biology and ecology of insect vectors and X. fastidiosa transmission

A. Fereres

09:00-    10:00

Main ongoing research programmes in EU

D. Boscia

10:00-    11:00

Current situation of X. fastidiosa: The Americas

L. de la Fuente

11:00-    11:30

Coffee break

11:30-    12:00

Current situation of X. fastidiosa: The Americas

L. de la Fuente

12:00-    12:30

Current situation of X. fastidiosa: Italy

D. Boscia

12:30-    13:00

Current situation of X. fastidiosa: France

M.A. Jacques

13:00-    13:30

Current situation of X. fastidiosa: Spain + Interceptions

B. Landa

13:30-    15:00

Lunch break

15:00-    17:00

Survey methodology: statistical basis, planning and implementation

IPPC standards: ISPM6 and ISPM31; EU Guidelines; EPPO protocols for inspection + Practical example

J.A. Navas

17:00-    19:00

Practical work on vector identification

A. Fereres, D. Cornara

09:00-    10:00

Guidelines for sampling and sample preparation

F. Valentini and F. Santoro

10:00-    11:00

EPPO protocol for X. fastidiosa diagnosis

E. Marco

11:00-    11:30

Coffee break

11:30-    12:30

Molecular methods for on-site detection

K. Djelouah

12:30-    13:30

Proximal and remote sensing

P. Zarco

13:30-    15:00

Lunch break

15:00-    17:00

Practical work on:

17:00-    19:00

Practical work on: on-site detection

Enbiotech, Agdia

09:00-    10:00

Subspecies and sequence-type identification
Demonstration on MLST and NCBI database consultation

B. Landa

10:00-    11:00

Epidemiology of X. fastidiosa: Modelling

J.A. Navas

11:00-    11:30

Coffee break

11:30-    12:30

Epidemiology of X. fastidiosa: Pest risk assessment

A. Vicent

12:30-    13:30

Strategies for X. fastidiosa control

D. Boscia, P. Saldarelli

13:30-    15:00

Lunch break

15:00-    17:00

Strategies for X. fastidiosa control

D. Boscia, P. Saldarelli

17:00-    19:00

Practical group work based on case studies: sessions

D. Boscia, B. Landa, J.A. Navas, M.A. Jacques, B. Martínez, L. de la Fuente, A. Vicent, P. Saldarelli

09:00-    10:00

Legislation on X. fastidiosa in UE: EU Decision 2015/789 and its amendments; Implementation in the affected countries

P. Di Rubbo

10:00-    11:00

Example of a Contingency Plan: Spain

B. Martínez

11:00-    11:30

Coffee break

11:30-    12:30

Practical group work: sessions

D. Boscia, B. Landa, J.A. Navas, M.A. Jacques, B. Martínez, L. de la Fuente, A. Vicent, P. Saldarelli, P. Di Rubbo

12:30-    13:30

Practical group work: Presentation of results

D. Boscia, B. Landa, J.A. Navas, M.A. Jacques, B. Martínez, L. de la Fuente, A. Vicent, P. Saldarelli, P. Di Rubbo

13:30-    15:00

Lunch break

15:00-    17:00

Final discussion and closure

D. Boscia, B. Landa, J.A. Navas, M.A. Jacques, B. Martínez, L. de la Fuente, A. Vicent, P. Saldarelli, P. Di Rubbo

Registration

For participation in the full course programme lectures and practicals, candidates must apply online at the following address: http://www.admission.iamz.ciheam.org/en/

Please note that if you need a visa or intend to apply for a grant to attend the course, an earlier deadline of 4 September 2018 will apply.

Applications must include the curriculum vitae and copy of the supporting documents most related to the subject of the course. For candidates not needing a visa and not applying for a grant, the deadline for the submission of applications is 15 October 2018.

Registration fees for the full course amount to 500 euro. This sum covers tuition fees only.

For participation in specific modules or part attendance, candidates should apply online at the following address: http://intranet.iamz.ciheam.org/forms/Xylella/en/

Part attendance fees will range between 60 and 90 Euros per day depending on session selection and will be limited in line with capacity. Deadline for submission is 15 October 2018.

Further information on participation and scholarships

The course will take place at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain. The programme has an applied approach, combining lectures, debates and practical work to detect and identify Xylella fastidiosa infections and its vectors, using non-infectious material, at field level and through innovative on-site diagnostic techniques. Furthermore, participants will work in groups on a practical exercise to develop a pest risk assessment and design strategies to avoid the introduction and establishment of X. fastidiosa or to control its spread under different scenarios.

Given the diverse nationalities of the lecturers, knowledge of English, French or Spanish will be valued in the selection of candidates, since they will be the working languages of the course. The Organization will provide simultaneous interpretation of the lectures in these three languages.

Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply for a limited number of full or partial scholarships offered by the organizing institutions covering registration fees, travel and accommodation.
Candidates from the partner institutions of the Consortium of H2020 MSCA-RISE CURE-XF Project from Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia can apply for full scholarships to participate in the course in the framework of their secondment activity in Spain.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organization, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

Venue

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza

  • an International centre and Mediterranean higher education Institution with 50 years of history.
  • with over 300 international visiting lecturers per year.
  • with 8 specialized Masters programs in agriculture and food and a yearly syllabus of 10 advanced courses for profesional per year.


  Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

  www.iamz.ciheam.org

 iamz@iamz.ciheam.org

 +34 976716000

Course takes place in Zaragoza - a well-connected and vibrant agro-food centre

  • lying at the gateway to the Pyrenees
  • 90 minutes by train from Barcelona and Madrid
  • a region with one of the largest agro-food industries in Spain
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