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We are very happy and honored to welcome you for the second time in Rome in 18 years to attend and
participate in the 22nd International Conference on Virus and Other Graft Transmissible Diseases of
Fruit Crops. Some of you (the “youngest” ones!) remember that in 1994 the Plant Pathology Research
Institute hosted the 16th Symposium on Fruit Tree Virus Diseases and the 7th Symposium on Small Fruit
Virus Diseases. The Meeting was a great success and we hope to offer to you the same warm hospitality
as we did 18 years ago!
More than 150 participants from different countries where fruit crops are economically important are
here to present their most relevant scientific results obtained during the last three years.
In addition to the paper and poster presentations, we have organized a round table discussion on
“Diagnosis of relevant pathogens: role of National and International organizations in the frame of
harmonization”. The round table, chaired by Ms Francoise Petter, EPPO assistant Director, will have
the participation of scientists actively involved in this specific scientific field.
Moreover, a workshop is planned to update all the Conference participants on the European Certification
of fruit tree and small fruit crops. It will have the active participation of invited experts from different
countries who are deeply involved in the establishment of legal, scientific and operative aspects
aimed at improving the phytosanitary quality of fruit tree and small fruit propagative material and at
reducing the risk of pest spreading through the commercialization of infected germplasm.
The last day of the Conference, we will host a COST workshop on “Phytoplasmas in fruit trees: multidisciplinary
approaches toward disease management” which will offer to all participants the opportunity
to be informed on special aspects of this class of plant pathogens.
During the Conference we will have the pleasure to listen to four invited lectures presented by researchers
who spent most of their scientific careers in improving and advancing our knowledge of viruses,
viroids, phytoplasmas and detection and identification of plant viruses and viroids. A big thanks goes to
Professors Martelli, Flores, Oshima and Hadidi who kindly accepted to share with us their long experience
on these specific topics.
We thanks all of you for attending the second Meeting held under a new title covering virus and other
graft transmissible diseases of fruit tree and small fruit crops.
We hope you will enjoy the Meeting and the beauty of the eternal city, Roma!