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Jul. 01, 2012

Seminar on “Emerging Infectious Diseases of Food Crops in Asia”

sick_papaya.jpg Date: October 20-22, 2012

Venue: Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

Organizers: Food and Fertilizer Technology Center and Tokyo University of Agriculture

The Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) caused by plant pathogens are those whose incidences increase following their appearance in a new, or previously existed but controlled, host population. This is a result of changes in introduction of the pathogen to new locations, development of new strains of the pathogen, introduction of highly efficient pathogen vectors, or farming practices. EIDs can develop into unexpected and very serious epidemics, owing to the complex interaction of ecological changes of host and pathogen or vector populations, and genetic changes due to evolution of the pathogen and/or hosts and vectors. EIDs, especially in this era of climate change, globalization and international trade, further aggravate the already significant food crop loss due to prevailing pests and diseases; of which the economic and social impact in developing countries is often underestimated.

The purpose of this Seminar is to leverage the experience of experts on food crop EIDs in Asia. The invited speakers will provide overviews or state-of-the-art research addressing different aspects of food crop EIDs in the Asian region. The topics include: 1) monitoring (identification, diagnostics, pathogen virulence and diversity); 2) management practices (impact of EIDs, host diversity, control measures); 3) host resistance (pre-emptive breeding); and 4) quarantine. Hopefully the Seminar will lead to a close collaboration among participants in the development of effective control strategies for certain food crop EIDs.

For more information about this Seminar, please contact Dr. George Kuo, FFTC seminar organizer at

Tentative Program
October 20, 2012 (Saturday)
9:00-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:50 Opening Ceremony
Welcome Address

Dr. Kanju Oshawa

President, Tokyo University of Agriculture

Opening Message Dr. Hideo Imai
Deputy Director, Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for Asian and Pacific region
Group Photo
9:50-10:50 Keynote Speech
Emerging Infectious Diseases of Food Crops: Current Status & Future Perspective
Dr. David Guest
Faculty of Agriculture & Environment,University of Sydney,Australia
Session I: Emerging Infectious
  Diseases of Rice Crop
10:50-11:20 Southern Rice Black-streaked
Dwarf Virus (SRBSDV)
Dr. Masatoshi Onuki
Agro-Environment Research Division, Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan
11:20-11:50 Rice Red Strip Disease Dr. Hisatoshi Kaku
Sakata Seed Co. Ltd., Japan

Lunch Break

Session II. Emerging Infectious
 Diseases of Fruit & Cash Crops
12:50-13:20 Epidemiology and Management of Citrus Greening (huangloingbing) in Asia Dr. Hong-Ji Su
Department of Plant Pathology &Microbiology, NationalTaiwan University,Taiwan
13:20-13:50 Banana moko ( Ralstonia Solanacearum) Disease in Asia Dr. AsuncionRaymundo
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of the Philippines, Los Banos,Philippines
13:50-14:20 Cassava Bacterial Blight in Southeast Asia Dr.Ampaiwan Paradormuwat
Department of Plant Pathology, Kasetsart University, Thailand
14:20-14:50 Current Situation on the Control of Plum Pox Virus in Japan Dr. Masato Fukushima
Food Safety & Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (MAFF), Japan

Tea/Coffee Break & Poster Viewing

Session III. Emerging Infectious
Diseases of Vegetable Crops
15:10-15:40 Molecular Characterization of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Dr. Shigenori Ueda
Lowland Farming and Horticulture Research Division, Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center, NARO, Japan
15:40-16:10 Resistance Breeding Against Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus “Yet to be decided”
16:10-16:40 Characterization of Bacterial Fruit Blotch Pathogen( Acidovoraxcitrulli) Dr. Petcharat Thummabenjapone
Department of Plant Pathology,
16:40-17:10 Outbreak of Tomato Yellowing Disease in Indonesia Dr. Gede Suastika
Department of Plant Protection, BogorAgricultural University,Indonesia
17:40-19:40 Welcome Dinner
October 21, 2012 (Sunday)
Session IV. Strategies for
Controlling Emerging
Plant Infectious Diseases
10:00-10:30 International Cooperation to Control Emerging Plant Diseases in Vietnam Dr. Trinh Xuan Hoat
Plant and Microbial Biology Laboratory,Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam
10:30-11:00 Biological Control of Bacterial Wilt in Southeast Asia

Dr. Triwidodo Arwiyanto
Faculty of Agriculture,Gadja Mada University,Indonesia

11:00-11:30 Diversity of Bacterial Wilt Pathogen in Asia & Their Control Strategies

Dr. Kenichi Tsuchiya
Faculty of Agriculture Kyushu University,Japan

11:30-12:30 Lunch Break
Session IV (Part 2) Strategies for
Controlling Emerging
Plant Infectious Diseases
12:30-13:00 Integrated Control Strategy of
Bacterial Fruit Blotch
Dr. Takashi Shirakawa
Department of Planning and General Administration,National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science,NARO, Japan
13:00-13:30 Toward Controlling Tobamovirus
Dr. Masayuki Ishikawa
Plant-Mircobe Interacitons Research Unit, Institute of Agrobiological,Sciences, Japan
13:30-14:00 Viral Attenuation and Cross Protection to Control Plant Viral Diseases Dr. Tomohide Natsuaki
Faculty of Agriculture Utsunomiya University, Japan
14:00-14:30 Anthropogenic and Environmental Factors Driving the Emergence of Plant EIDs and their Mitigation Measures Dr. Henry Hung-Chang Huang,
Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute,Taichung, Taiwan
14:30-15:00 Tea/Coffee Break & Poster Presentation
15:00-16:00 General Discussion & Closing Session
17:30-19:30 Farewell Party
October 22, 2012 (Monday)
8:-12:00 Field Trip (Itinerary yet to be determined)

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