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