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International Conference on Plant and Canopy Architecture Impact on Disease Epidemiology and Pest Development • July 1-5, 2012 - Rennes, France
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Plant and Canopy Architecture Impact
on Disease Epidemiology and Pest Development

International Conference

July 1-5, 2012 - Rennes, France

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Bernard Tivoli

Bernard Tivoli is senior scientist in Plant Pathology at INRA in Rennes.
He leads the research team working on epidemiology of pulses diseases and on disease resistance (ascochyta blight and root rot diseases on pea).
He supervises research consortia studying the effects of canopy architecture on disease epidemiology (ARCHIDEMIO project and EpiArch network)
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Rennes, France.

 Didier Andrivon
Didier Andrivon is a senior plant pathologist at INRA.
He leads a research groupworking on the epidemiology an population genetics of aerial plant pathogens (primarily Phytophthora infestans on potato) and on the design of management strategies of host resistance according to the evolution of population structures of these pathogens.
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Rennes, France.
 Alain Baranger

Alain Baranger is a geneticist in UMR APBV laboratory at INRA Rennes. He leads a research group focusing on quantitative resistance to pathogens in legumes, including ascochyta blight  resistance in pea, using standard as well as molecular-based  methods. One of the considered issues is the relative and potential complementary role of plant architecture and plant resistance genetic factors to reduce disease severity and effects.
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Rennes, France.
 Agnès Calonnec

Agnès Calonnec is a plant pathologist at INRA in Bordeaux. She is an epidemiologist working on spatio-temporal disease progression mostly on powdery mildew of grapevine. She is closely working with mathematicians to develop statistical and deterministic models to characterise disease progression and to grade factors favourable to it. Since 2003, her major research area concerns the use of host development and grapevine conduct to decrease the risk of disease invasion. Agnès Calonnec is convenor of the IOBC WG “Integrated Protection in Viticulture” since 2007.
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Bordeaux, France.
 Sukumar Chakraborty  
Sukumar Chakraborty is a plant disease epidemiologist with extensive research publications on the diversity and adaptation in necrotrophic pathogens at a global scale and environmental influence on plant diseases including the impacts of climate change. His research exploits weakness in biology, epidemiology and pathogenesis mechanisms to develop management strategies for necrotrophic pathogens under current and future climates. Research is focused on Fusarium pathogens causing crown rot and head blight of wheat.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), St Lucia QLD, Australia.
 Michaël Chelle  
Michaël Chelle is a bioclimatologist at INRA Grignon. He has conducted his research at the interface between the plant ecophysiology and physics, developing the notion of phylloclimate, the climate perceived by individual plant organs, and mainly relying on a modeling approach. He is currently studying the interaction between phylloclimate and fungal epidemics (wheat x Mycosphaerella graminicola) in collaboration with plant pathologists.
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Grignon, France
 Mary Ruth McDonald

Mary Ruth McDonald is a professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Her research focuses on integrated pest management and disease management of vegetables crops and related field crops. The approaches to disease management includes the evaluation of biological controls, fungicides and cultural practices such as modifying the crop canopy Her work on modifying plant canopies to manage plant disease includes trimming of carrot foliage to reduce Sclerotinia rot of carrot.
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Robert Faivre
Robert Faivre is a statistician/biometrician at INRA in Toulouse. He is involved in generic modelling to  analyse  the role of plant architecture in the epidemiological process. He is responsible of the MEXICO network dedicated to computer experiments and sensitivity analysis of model outputs.
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Toulouse, France.
  Rebecca Grumet

Rebecca Grumet is plant geneticist at Michigan State University, USA. She leads a research group investigating host-pathogen interactions and reproductive development in cucumber and melon. Her studies of Phytophthora capsici infection of cucumber fruit include the role of age related resistance and plant architecture on disease development. 
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
 Phil Miklas

Phil Miklas conducts genetic research and breeding in support of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) germplasm enhancement for improved resistance and tolerance to major bacterial, fungal, and viral induced diseases. Current focus is on use of architectural avoidance in combination with partial physiological resistance to combat Sclerotinia white mold in dry bean.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Prosser, WA, USA.
 Karsten Mody

Karsten Mody is an ecologist and applied entomologist at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. A focus of his research is on herbivore-plant interactions in apple trees, tropical (timber) trees and stressed herbaceous plants. He studies the genetic as well as environmental basis of plant resistance to insect herbivores. A major goal of his studies is to reduce herbivore damage to plants by understanding the effects of abiotic and biotic stress, plant architecture and plant association on herbivore-plant interactions.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.
 Bertrand Ney

Bertrand Ney, Professor at AgroParisTech, is a plant ecophysiologist scientist. After work on grain legumes modelling, he specialized on diseases x plants interaction in canopies with special emphasis on using Function x Structure Plant Models. Our team aim to explain how pathosystems (mainly focused on wheat diseases) are working in various environmental conditions, moreover nitrogen and temperature. The models are used to identify main plant traits involved in tolerance and escape to pathogens for integrated pest management and breeding.
Paris Institute of Technology for life, food and environmental sciences (AgroParisTech), Grignon, France.

 Neil Paveley
Neil Paveley leads the ADAS crop pathology research group in the UK, which works on fungal pathogens of cereals, oilseeds, pulses and potatoes. Areas of interest (in collaboration with Rothamsted, University of Nottingham, the John Innes Centre and SAC) include the integration of disease control through host resistance, disease escape, tolerance and fungicides, to ensure sustainable control, and slow pathogen evolution towards virulence and fungicide insensitivity. The group is part of the ECHAP project, led by INRA, modelling the effects of canopy architecture on epidemics and control of Mycosphaeralla graminicola in wheat.
Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS), Malton, North Yorkshire, UK
 Harald Scherm

Harald Scherm is a plant pathologist at the University of Georgia with research interests in theoretical and applied epidemiology. He and his students and collaborators are studying the three-dimensional distribution of plant pathogens and their associated symptoms in fruit tree canopies with the goal of providing deeper insights into sources of inoculum, mechanisms of dissemination, and reproductive strategies of the pathogen population.
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Local Organizing Committee

Asma Allée
Didier Andrivon
Alain Baranger
Anne-Sophie Grenier
Bruno Hervé
Bernard Tivoli



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Creation date: 03 March 2011
Update: 13 October 2011