Ponentes Plenarios

Dr. Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau


Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). France

TÍTULO SESIÓN PLENARIA: "An evolutionary ecology perspective to address forest pathology challenges of today and tomorrow"


Dr. Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau research deals with epidemiology of forest diseases, with an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Her aim is to add new knowledge to the understanding of interactions between hosts (trees), parasites (pathogenic fungi) and the environment (climate, other fungi), especially in a context of global changes (biological invasions, emergence of diseases). Her research addresses both fundamental questions of disease ecology and forest management issues.


Dr. Nian Wang


University of Florida. USA

TÍTULO SESIÓN PLENARIA: “Insights into the citrus Huanglongbing pathosystem”


Dr. Nian Wang areas of research are the Molecular genetics and functional genomics of plant pathogenic bacteria, molecular plant-microbe interactions, and management of citrus bacterial diseases.


Dr. Stephen Parnell


University of Salford. United Kingdom

TÍTULO SESIÓN PLENARIA: “Surveillance for emerging plant pathogens: how can epidemiological models help us?”


Dr. Stephen Parnell research interests include the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and epidemiological modelling to study plant disease epidemics with a particular interest in how spatial processes determine the invasion and spread of disease. 


Dr. Diana Férnandez


Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). France

TÍTULO SESIÓN PLENARIA: “Insights into plant- root-knot nematode interactions for developing new control strategies in crops”


The work of the IPPS team (Interaction Plant-Parasite and Silencing) focuses on the role of virulence effectors in plant-parasite interactions with root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) and viruses. In particular, they study RNA silencing suppressor proteins in plant-microorganism-vector interactions.