11/07/2019 : Thinking Higher Towards Biosecurity Forest Trees

Thinking Higher: Towards Biosecurity of Forest Trees

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Thinking Higher Towards Biosecurity Forest Trees

Plants are constantly exposed to abiotic (environmental change) and biotic (pests and pathogens) conditions. Trees, with an average life expectancy of centuries, have a strong immune system that allows them to survive these threats in normal circumstances. However, in the last few years, we have seen outbreaks of tree diseases such as ash dieback that we have not been prepared for. These events have been fuelled by climate change (e.g. increased temperature and CO2 concentration) and globalization (e.g. movement of people and goods). The speed at which these phenomena are occurring simply leaves us and our forests, vulnerable to unexpected landscape changes. Much of the effort to control disease outbreaks is directed at operational responses to immediate threats, therefore, there is a need to focus on enhancing our fundamental understanding of plant-pathogen-environment interactions in the longer-term.

It is clear that the successful implementation of effective strategies and solutions cannot be achieved by individual countries alone but is dependent on global effort.  This International Symposium, free and open to everyone, will showcase the latests research in plant pathology and tree research. We will welcome researchers from the UK and abroad with a background in forest and plant research. They will bring global exchange of knowledge, common thinking and scientific collaboration towards forest biosecurity.  PROGRAMME 9 - 9.30 Registration and welcome   9.30 - 10 Opening Ceremony -          Dr Estrella Luna-Diez and Dr Graeme Kettles, symposium organizers/hosts -          Prof Rob McKenzie, Director of BIFoR -          Prof Nicola Spence, Plant Chief at DEFRA and Director of BIFoR 10 – 11.15 Session I: Aspects of Forest Research -          Prof Richard Buggs, Kew Gardens, Title to be confirmed -          Dr Adriana Puentes, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Forest protection against insect pests: utilizing plant defence strategies to our favour -          Prof John Mackay, University of Oxford, Title to be confirmed  11.15 – 11.35 Coffee break and poster session  11.35 – 13.15 Session II: Enabling Tools in Plant Pathology  -         Speaker to be confirmed. Title to be confirmed -          Victor Flors and Victoria Pastor, University Jaume I of Castellon. Title to be confirmed -          Dr Marco Cantoni, University of Birmingham. Title to be confirmed -          Speaker to be confirmed, Title to be confirmed  13.15 – 14.00 Lunch break and poster session  14.00 – 15.40 Session III, part 1: Research in Tree Pathology  -          Speaker to be confirmed, Title to be confirmed -          Prof Luis Sampedro, Spanish National Research Council - Misión Biológica de Galicia, Title to be confirmed -          Prof Dawn Arnold, University of the West of England.
Detection and interaction of bacteria associated with Acute Oak Decline -          Dr Hans Hoenicka, Thunen Institute of Forest Genetics.  Priming-based approaches for resistance induction in forest trees species  15.40 – 16.00 Coffee break and poster session  16.00 – 17.15 Session III, part 2: Research in Tree Pathology  -          Prof Alejandro Solla, University of Extremadura, Title to be confirmed -          Speaker to be confirmed, Title to be confirmed -          Prof Sandra Denman, Forest Research UK. Title to be confirmed

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