3rd European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa and XF-ACTORS final meeting
Building knowledge, protecting plant health
900 people from more than 60 countries registered for the 3rd European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa and the final meeting of the XF-ACTORS project.
The event was held online from 26 April to 30 April 2021 and was organised by EFSA and XF-ACTORS with the active contribution of the major EU and transnational research initiatives tackling X. fastidiosa: BIOVEXO, CURE-XF, ERC MultiX, EUPHRESCO, EUROXANTH, and Life Resilience.
The overall objective of the conference was to take stock of the results from research that has taken place since X. fastidiosa was first detected in Europe in 2013.
The conference sessions gave an opportunity to present and discuss the latest findings, data and knowledge on X. fastidiosa as a pathosystem, including:
- Pathogen biology, ecology and genetics;
- Epidemiology and modelling of X. fastidiosa diseases;
- Host plant interactions and the search for resistant/tolerant germplasm;
- Surveillance and early detection tools;
- Vector biology and control;
- Endophytic microbial resources and their potential applications for X. fastidiosa control;
- Sustainable management strategies for prevention and reduction of the impact of X. fastidiosa diseases.
The programme included presentations and discussions on the above topics, followed by Q&A sessions. The latter resulted in an engaging dialogue among the participants, the speakers, as well as EFSA and XF-Actors staff.
The speakers’ presentations, the video recordings, the book of abstracts and the list of posters are available below.
XF-Actors Final Meeting, 26–28 April 2021
Monday, 26 April 2021
OPENING CEREMONY & SESSION 1 - Achieving practical outcomes from genetic and biological studies (video recording).
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
SESSION 2 - Vectors and control strategies (video recording).
SESSION 3 - Control of the bacterium in the host plants (video recording).
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
SESSION 4 & CONCLUSIONS - Implementation and harmonization of diagnostic protocols, surveillance and modelling (video recording)
3rd European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa, 29–30 April 2021
Thursday, 29 April 2021
OPENING CEREMONY & SESSION 1 - Advances on pathogen biology, ecology and genetics (video recordings)
SESSION 2 - Understanding vectors biology and pathogen transmission (video recording)
Friday, 30 April 2021
SESSION 3 - From epidemiological modelling to surveillance and early detection (video recording)
SESSION 4 - Towards sustainable management strategies (video recordings)
Manuel Anguita-Maeso: Culture and metagenomic approaches for the identification of olive xylem microbial communities as a biological control tool to cope against Xylella fastidiosa infection - Young researchers’ initiative
SESSION 5 & CONCLUSIONS - What priorities for research on Xylella fastidiosa? Science support to stakeholders needs (video recording)
Book of Abstracts
An online e-poster session started the week before the conference: posters accepted have been published on the open access Zenodo platform and promoted through Twitter by both organisers and authors.
The connected poster competition identified the poster Impact of insecticides on the feeding behaviour of Philaenus spumarius associated to the transmission of Xylella fastidiosa as the one which received the highest number of social interactions on Twitter. The presenter author Clara Lago, from the Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias, Madrid, Spain, was interviewed by EFSA.
Young researcher initiative
Twelve young researchers were selected from those who had an e-poster accepted for the conference. They gave a short presentation of their research during the conference.
They have also been interviewed about their studies and research work; the videos are available on the EFSA YouTube channel.
- Xylella_conference [at] efsa.europa.eu (Xylella_conference[at]efsa[dot]europa[dot]eu)
- Info [at] xfactorsproject.eu (Info[at]xfactorsproject[dot]eu)