Institute of Plant Virology
“International Symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in olive”
The Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection – CNR in Bari, the Department of Soil, Plant and Food Science of the University of Bari, the Research Center “Basile Caramia” (CRSFA) of Locorotondo, Bari, and the National and Regional Plant Health Services are pleased to announce the “International Symposium on the European outbreak of Xylella fastidiosa in olive”, to be held in Gallipoli (October 21-22, 2014), and followed by technical laboratory workshops at the CRSFA, Locorotondo (October 23-24, 2014). For further information and the provisional programme click here.
On May 1st the merger between the Institute of Plant Virology and the Institute for Plant Protection of the Italian National Council (CNR) led to the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), directed by Dr. Gian Paolo Accotto.
Here are the main research themes of the new institute:
1. Biotic and abiotic stress, plant defence and adaptation mechanisms;
2. Plant disease interactions with other organisms and the surrounding environment;
3. Genetic, epigenetic and molecular approaches to study the biodiversity of the microorganisms that support and protect plants;
4. Diagnosis for plant protection;
5. Sustainable technologies for plant protection.
The merger is still in progress, so, during this transition period, the official web sites of the two previous institutes will be still operational, waiting for the new IPSP website.
The Institute of Plant Virology (IVV) represents the most important and the largest research group in the field of plant virology in Italy. The staff (47 people) is divided into a central Headquarter (Turin) and two Support Units (Grugliasco and Bari). The Institute belongs to the Agricultural and Food Department of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).
The mission of the Institute is to develop research programs about viruses and virus-like agents (such as viroids and phytoplasmas) that cause plant diseases.
The understanding of the molecular basis of viral infection and the study of the interactions among plant hosts, virus/virus-like agents and their vectors are instrumental in defining, validating and applying control and defence strategies against these infective agents, with the aim of improving the quality and the quantity of plant productions and their economic and environmental sustainability.