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3rd European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa and XF-ACTORS final meeting

Building knowledge, protecting plant health


The 3rd European Conference on Xylella fastidiosa and the final meeting of the XF-ACTORS project will be held online from 26 April to 30 April 2021.

The meeting of XF-ACTORS, the EU Horizon 2020 research project devoted to this plant pathogenic bacterium, will precede the conference. The 3rd European conference on Xylella fastidiosa is 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 presentations and discussions will take stock of the results from research that has taken place since X. fastidiosa was first detected in Europe in 2013. During this period, scientists have filled knowledge gaps on the distinctive elements of the outbreaks in the EU, consolidated a resilient network for monitoring and testing, and achieved results that have supported and influenced the activities of researchers, stakeholders and policy makers.

The conference programme will reflect the multidisciplinary strategy that has been pursued in research.

The conference sessions and discussions will cover 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.

Programme of the Conference

Book of Abstracts

E-poster session

An online e-poster session will start in the week before the conference: posters accepted will be published on the open access Zenodo platform and promoted through Twitter by both organisers and authors.

The poster receiving the highest number of social interactions on Twitter (i.e. retweets, replies and likes) will be revealed during the last day of the conference: authors will be interviewed and the video published on the EFSA YouTube channel and Twitter account.

Young researcher initiative

Twelve young researchers have been selected from those who have had an e-poster accepted for the 3rd European conference on Xylella fastidiosa. They will each give a short presentation of their research during the conference. They will also be interviewed about their studies and research work and the videos will be published on the EFSA YouTube channel and Twitter account.

Contact points:

  • Info [at] xfactorsproject.eu
  • Xylella_conference [at] efsa.europa.eu

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