ICPP2018 Keynote Sessions

The ICPP2018 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the following keynote session topics and speakers. These sessions are open to all ICPP2018 participants. No other programming is scheduled during these sessions.


Keynote Session I:
Emerging Plant Diseases and Global Food Security


Lise Korsten, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa


ISPP Task Force on Global Security
  • Lise Korsten, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
  • Fen Beed, World Vegetable Center, Thailand
  • Eric Craswell, Australian National University, Australia
  • Etienne Duveiller, CIMMYT, India
  • Gebisa Ejeta, Purdue University, U.S.A.
  • Richard Falloon, National Centre for Advanced Bio-Protection Technologies, New Zealand
  • David Grzywacz, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, U.K.
  • Maria Lodovica Gullino, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
  • Sarah Gurr, University of Exeter, U.K.
  • Clayton Hollier, Louisiana State University, U.S.A.
  • Jill Lennã, Turiff, U.K.
  • Chris Mundt, Oregon State University, U.S.A.
  • Jean Ristaino, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.
  • Serge Savary, INRA, France
  • Peter Scott, ISPP, U.K.
  • Richard Strange, University College London, U.K.
  • Wenhua Tang,China Agricultural University, China
  • Paul Teng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Jennifer Thomson, University of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
  • Stephen Waddington, Mexico


Lise Korsten, Codirector DST/NRF Centre of Excellence Food Security,
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Jean Ristaino, Director, Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Cluster,
Science Advisor and Jefferson Fellow USAID, North Carolina State University, U.S.A.
The session will be one of three devoted to food security and plant disease:
  • From the Irish Famine to Today: Crop Diseases Still Threaten Global Food Security and Your Breakfast (Open to the public)
  • Emerging Plant Diseases and Global Food Security (This keynote session)
  • Innovative Technologies for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (A concurrent session)

Invited Speakers and Presentations:

Cereals, Our Staple Food: The Quest for Resistance to the Scourge of Rust—The Glenn Anderson Lecture
Sanjaya Rajaram, ICARDA Jesse Dubin, CIMMYT
Metadata: Monitoring the Threat of Plant Disease
Sarah Gurr, University of Exeter, U.K. Fen Beed, World Vegetable Center, Thailand
Plant Diseases, Climate Change, and Food Security
Karen Garrett, University of Florida, U.S.A. Adrian Newton, Hutton Institute, U.K.
Modeling epidemics to optimize disease management at the landscape level
Nik Cunniffe, University of Cambridge, UK Frédéric Fabre, INRA Bordeaux
The orange-fleshed sweet potato: disease threats and usefulness for feeding Africa
Jan Low, CIP, Nairobi Wilmer Cuéllar, CIAT, Colombia


Keynote Session II:
Novel Approaches to Controlling Insect-Vectored Plant Diseases

Organizer and Chair:

Saskia A. Hogenhout, John Innes Centre, U.K.

Invited Speakers and Presentations:

Utilize Effector Targets to Generate Plant Resistance to Both Phytoplasma and Insect Vectors
Saskia A. Hogenhout, Professor, Department of Crop Genetics, John Innes Centre, U.K.
The Many Cell Density-Dependent Behaviors of Xylella fastidiosa: Achieving Disease Control via Pathogen Confusion
Steven Lindow, Professor, University of California, U.S.A.
Citrus Huanglongbing: What Can We Learn from Pathogen Effectors
Wenbo Ma, Professor, University of California, U.S.A.


Keynote Session III:
The Role of Plant Pathology in Food Safety

Organizers and Moderators:

Maria Lodovica Gullino, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor, University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.
A Multipronged Approach for Aflatoxin Mitigation in Africa Centered on Biological Control
Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria

Ranajit Bandyopadhyay is a principal plant pathologist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria where he has been guiding research and development activities related to crop diseases and mycotoxins since 2002. He completed his PhD from Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar and joined the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in 1980. He has 36 years of research and development experience in Asia, Africa and the Americas. His research on mycotoxins focuses on surveillance, bio-ecology of toxigenic fungi, integrated management of mycotoxins and policy and institutional issues. Ranajit leads initiatives on research, tech transfer, commercialization and scaling-up of the aflatoxin biocontrol technology Aflasafe in 11 African nations. He has authored nearly 175 publications and serves on the editorial board of two international journals. Ranajit is a Steering Committee member of the African Union’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and Chairs its Technical Sub-Committee. He was jointly named as ‘Change Agent for Research and Technology’ by PACA in 2016. The American Phytopathological Society honoured him with the Excellence in International Service Award in 2017. IITA recognized Ranajit with the Outstanding Scientist Award in 2010, Outstanding Team Award in 2012, and Outstanding Paper Award in 2015.

Pesticide Residues in Food: A Never-Ending Challenge
Carmen Tiu, Dow AgroSciences

Carmen Tiu has been Lead Research Scientist at Dow AgroSciences for 30 years and is currently Global Residues and MRL Strategy Leader, based at Dow the global headquarters in Indianapolis, USA. She has worked in R&D in the United States for 17 years, and previously in Latin America for 13 years. She has extensive expertise in Residues, MRL’s and Food Safety, Risk Assessment (human and environmental), Regulatory & Public Affairs, and Formulations Development. Tiu is member of ACS - Agro Division Executive Board, OECD-Residue Chemistry Expert Group, Chair of CLA-Residue Working Group, member CLI-CS PT, IUPAC-Pesticides Chemistry, Dow representative to Codex CCPR and JMPR.

The Molecular Basis to Colonization of Plants by Human Pathogens: Implications and Risks
Nikola Holden, The James Hutton Institute, Scotland

Nicola Holden has worked at the James Hutton Institute (prev. Scottish Crop Research Institute) in Dundee for 10 years where the work encompasses bacteria-plant interactions and looks at the success of bacteria within the plant environment; focused on bacteria that are pathogenic to humans or animals and are transmitted through contaminated food. Holden obtained her PhD in 1999 in Maurice Gallagher’s lab (Edinburgh university, UK), investigating how Salmonella enterica adapts to temperatures just above and just below the minimum growth temperature. She then moved to post-doctoral positions with David Gally (Roslin Institute, UK) to investigate the adherence mechanisms of uropathogenic E. coli in humans and then enterohemorrhagic E. coli in bovine hosts. These projects focused on the molecular regulation controlling the phenotypes, providing a deeper understanding of how the bacteria are able to adapt to different environments. Working with the same pathogens in the plant environment was then a logical extension in bacterial adaptive mechanisms.


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