Annual Conference 2017

The EuroXanth COST Action held its 1st Annual Conference on “Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe” in Coimbra, Portugal, from 13 to 15 December 2017. The conference welcomed >80 participants and served as a platform to exchange knowledge and to share technical knowhow with respect to members of the Xanthomonadaceae family.

The conference addressed topics of all four Working Groups:

WG 1: Diagnostics & Diversity – Population Structure
WG 2: Pathogen Biology
WG 3: Genetic Resistance – Host Defence
WG 4: Disease Management – Vector Control

All four topics were quite equally represented, with a slight overrepresentation of WG1. In total, 31 oral presentations were given and the 15 posters were presented. The program and the abstracts are available for DOWNLOADEuroXanth_First Annual Conference-Abstract Book. The conference program gave ample time for interesting discussions. As the first large gathering of European scientists working on Xanthomonas and Xylella, this event can be considered as a great success of the EuroXanth COST Action. The success is also linked to the great job that was done by the organisers, Prof Joana Cardoso Costa (Instituto Pedro Nunes & Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal) and her colleagues António Portugal, Eva Garcia and Aitana Ares. Thanks a lot to all of you for your commitment!

The Scientific Committee of the conference was composed as follows:

Name Role Country Working group
KOEBNIK, Ralf Chair FR WG2
CATARA, Vittoria Vice Chair IT WG3
COSTA, Joana WG1 Leader PT WG1
SKANDALIS, Nicholas WG1 Vice Leader GR WG1
POTHIER, Joël WG2 Leader CH WG2
BOCH, Jens WG3 Leader DE WG3
STEFANI, Emilio WG4 Leader IT WG4
KOVACS, Tamas WG4 Vice Leader HU WG4
TÁVARES, Fernando MC Member PT WG1
CRUZ, Leonor Participant PT WG2

With kind regards,

Ralf Koebnik, Chair of the COST Action
Joana Cardoso Costa, Chair of Local Organising Committee
Audrey Canado-Janjon, Grant Holder Administrator


The conference was held in TecBIS in Coimbra, an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages. Coimbra is a town in the Center of Portugal, approximately 100 km south of Oporto and 200 km north of Lisbon.

A highlight of the conference was the visit to the university and the old town of Coimbra (UNESCO World Heritage). This social gathering gave plenty of opportunities to discuss with colleagues in an informal way. No doubt that new collaborations will emerge from this event.