Dear Colleague,

You are cordially invited to participate to the 4th International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases, which will be held in Viterbo, Italy from 9th - 11th July 2019. Following the aims started from the 1st edition in Darmstadt, Germany 2005, then in Orlando, Florida USA 2008, until the last ones in Belgrade, Serbia 2016 now, a new stimulating opportunity to meet and discuss the latest research results and developments in the biocontrol of bacterial plant diseases, has become a reality. Now there will be a new stimulating opportunity to meet and discuss the latest research developments and results.

BIOCONTROL 2019 is organized by the Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Forestali (DAFNE), Università della Tuscia, with the patronage of the Italian Society of Plant Pathology (SIPaV), the Italian Society of Plant Protection (AIPP), the Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (MPU), International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP) and the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF).

BIOCONTROL 2019 will focus on the main scientific, technical and political aspects related to the management of the most serious bacterial plant diseases occurring worldwide.

The Symposium was developed into 9 core sections, taking into proper account the most relevant topics, such as:
The Core sections are:
1) Interactions between plants and microbiomes
2) Genetics and Genomics: Basis for innovative control strategies
3) Epidemiology and forecasting models
4) Biocontrol of bacterial diseases
5) Fire blight control: innovation from science to field applications
6) Improvements in Bacterial Wilt biocontrol
7) Sustainable strategies for the control of fastidious bacteria and their insect vectors
8) Production, Safety and Regulation of Biocontrol Agents
9) Science and Politics meet Industry

Additionally, the Symposium will be an excellent platform to clarify how politics may implement the current legislation to support the industrial development of effective and safe bioproducts, to be used for the sustainable management of bacterial diseases.

BIOCONTROL 2019 programme will also include 2 meetings related to relevant EU projects concerning several aspects of bacterial plant diseases (WG4 meeting COST Action CA16107 EuroXanth, PONTE and XFactors).

The Symposium provides researchers, students and professionals a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and develop common activities in a warm and friendly environment. Besides a strong scientific approach, the aim of the event is to generate a positive impact not only for the scientific community, but also for the industry sector, such as companies involved in developing, formulating and distributing bioproducts (e.g.: elicitors, natural active ingredients, biocontrol agents, biostimulants, included tools and methods to control vectors of phytopathogenic bacteria).

Confident in a fruitful opportunity to increase our scientific knowledge, as well as to implement sustainable strategies to contrast bacterial plant disease, we are looking forward to seeing You in Viterbo next year.

Sincerely yours,
Prof. Giorgio M. Balestra, Symposium Chair
University of Tuscia, Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie e Forestali (DAFNE),
Via S. Camillo de Lellis snc. 01100 Viterbo (Italy)