International Summer School on Botanical Epidemiology

Plant disease epidemics have major effects on the sustainability of agricultural systems worldwide. Plant disease epidemics caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses, cause major losses in productivity, in quality of agricultural products, and indirect losses in labour, water, energy, seeds, land, and other inputs invested in “untaken harvests”. The result is an increased vulnerability of livelihoods and communities, with hidden, often very large, costs at the farm, community, and national levels.

            Plant disease epidemiology is not a topic often taught today in graduate or post-graduate curricula. As a result, there is now a dramatic shortage of trained scientists in botanical epidemiology. This International Summer School offers an exposure to important aspects of plant disease epidemiology. 

         This first International Summer School on Botanical Epidemiology is organized by the Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, Raipur, India, jointly with INRA, France, the University of Piacenza, Italy, the University of California, Davis, Agriculture Canada, the University of Costa Rica, and the International Rice Research Institute,  under the aegis of the Epidemiology Subject Matter Committee  of the International Society of Plant Pathology (ISPP), chaired by Jonathan Yuen, SLU, Sweden.

Dates:  Monday 30th of March - Friday 3rd of April, 2015.

Contacts: Pr. A Kothastane, IGAU, India (ktasthaneaj - at - yahoo.com), ; Dr. S. Savary, INRA, France (Serge.Savary - at - touluse.inra.fr)

Contents of the International Summer School on Plant Disease Epidemiology