Annual Conference 2019

The EuroXanth COST Action will hold its 3rd Annual Conference on “Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe” in Lednice, Czech Republic, from 9 to 11 September 2019. The conference will welcome 60 to 80 participants and will serve 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

The conference will be organized by ass. prof. Dr. Miroslav Baránek (Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic) and his colleagues Dr. Aleš Eichmeier, Dr. Jana Čechová, Filip Gazdík, Jakub Pečenka and Eliška Peňázová, all from the Mendeleum – Institute of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Lednice.

Scientific Committee of the conference:

Name Role Country Working group
KOEBNIK, Ralf Chair FR WG2
CATARA, Vittoria Vice Chair IT WG3
COSTA, Joana WG1 Leader PT 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
BARÁNEK, Miroslav MC Member CZ WG1
BERAN, Pavel MC Member CZ WG1

Keynote speakers:

Name Affiliation Country
Rodrigo ALMEIDA University of California, Berkeley, CA USA
Helvécio Della COLETTA-FILHO Centro de Citricultura Sylvio Moreira, Cordeiropolis, SP Brazil
Leonardo DE LA FUENTE Auburn University, Auburn, AL USA
Jeffrey B. JONES University of Florida, Gainesville, FL USA

With kind regards,

Ralf Koebnik, Chair of the COST Action
Miroslav Baránek, Chair of Local Organising Committee
Isabelle Sciacco, Grant Holder Administrator


The conference will be held at the Faculty of Horticulture in Lednice. Lednice is a village in South Moravia, approximately 50 km south of Brno and 80 km north of Vienna, Austria.

Lednice was inscribed in 1996 on the UNESCO World Heritage List (together with the twin manor of Valtice) as “an exceptional example of the designed landscape that evolved in the Enlightenment and afterwards under the care of a single family.” Lednice contains several palaces and the largest park in the country, which covers 200 km2. A visit to the Castle of Lednice will be organised.

How to get to Lednice

The conference will start in the morning of September 9th. You therefore need to arrive in Lednice the day before. The conference ends around lunchtime on September 11th.

To travel to Lednice, different surrounding airports can be used as Vienna Airport (80 km), Brno Airport (50 km; usually significantly more expensive tickets), Bratislava Airport (80 km) or the main airport in the Czech Republic – Prague Airport (260 km). For subsequent travel to Lednice it is recommended to use a train to Břeclav (local transport hub), from where you can either take a bus (every hour until 21:00, 1€) or a taxi (approx. 15€). For travel information in the Czech Republic, please visit the travel planner and/or Czech Tourism. Meaningful recommendations how to reach Lednice from individual airports are also suggested by GoogleMaps applications.