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Nathalie POUSSEREAU and Mathias CHOQUER
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Sponsor ICPP2023 in Lyon, the place to be!

Dear Sir/Madam, Dear Partner,

We are delighted to invite you to team up with the French Phytopathological Society (SFP) to sponsor the 12th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) in Lyon, France from August 20-25, 2023. Plant Pathology or Phytopathology is the science that studies plant and tree diseases caused by pests such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, parasitic plants and the insect vectors that may carry them.

ICPP is under the patronage of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP) gathering about 60 national societies with an interest in Phytopathology or Plant Health and Protection. This world conference takes place only every 5 years which makes it an exceptional and well-attended meeting not to be missed! Previous sessions of the ICPP Congress have toured the world and were successful with an average of 2000 delegates from 80 countries.

The ICPP2023 congress will be hosted by the Lyon Convention Center in its nice Amphitheater 3000. This meeting will give the opportunity for all scientists to meet in person again and share recent advances in plant pathology and plant health research. The theme for ICPP2023 will be the “ONE HEALTH for all Plants, Crops and Trees”. The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals, and the environment. ICPP2023 will promote the integration of Plant Health & Plant Pathology into the One Health concept. ICPP will offer an update of the issues around Global Plant Health Assessment, Food Security, Invasive and Emerging Plant Diseases, New Developments in Plant Disease Management, and Hot Topics on Molecular Plant-Microorganism Interactions. ICPP2023 scientific programme is based on 8 plenary sessions with 20 invited keynotes lectures, more than 50 concurrent sessions, several round-tables and 4 poster viewing sessions (more than 1300 posters are expected). About 20 pre-congress satellite events will also complement the ICPP2023 program.

This scientific conference will offer you direct contact and access to over 2000 delegates from leading universities, research institutes and private companies working in the field of plant pathology and plant health in Europe, North America and the rest of the world. It will host numerous established research group leaders as well as young early-career researchers. This balanced composition of attendees will give sponsors and exhibitors access to both the current and the up-and coming next generation of leading researchers.

One important mission of ISSP is to support plant pathologists from all over the world and 100 keuros has been budgeted for bursaries at ICPP2023. Please, help us to achieve this mission since your contribution will be used for financial assistance to postgraduate students and established plant pathologists from developing, emerging or warring countries.

On behalf of the French Phytopathological society and the International Society for Plant Pathology, we look forward to warmly welcome you to ICPP2023 in the nice city of Lyon. Please do not miss the opportunity to sponsor us knowing that the ICPP after will only be in 2028 and in Australia!

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Nathalie Poussereau (ISPP vice-President) & Dr. Mathias Choquer (SFP board)
Co-chairs of ICPP2023.


Nathalie POUSSEREAU and Mathias CHOQUER
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A good Plant Health for a good Human Health

Why be interested in plant pathology?

    Plant Pathology is the science that studies plant and tree diseases caused by pests such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, parasitic plants and the insect vectors that may carry them.  Crops and trees are particularly affected by these diseases with losses estimated between 20-40% depending on the plant species and this despite the use of treatments or preventive measures. These losses cause a considerable deficit for the economies of the countries leading to an aggravation of the poverty in the world. In a context where the population and the food demand are constantly growing, these diseases also threaten the balance of the world food security leading to malnutrition. Microorganisms also produce toxins that can be found in human and animal food leading to a serious health risk with the appearance of pathologies such as cancers. “Wild" plants are also impacted by these pathogens and it is the whole plant biodiversity that is potentially threatened within ecosystems.
Many factors aggravate these diseases, and their impacts could increase in the near future:

  • Climate change (global warming, storms, floods...) leads to the emergence or re-emergence of bioaggressors.
  • Globalization, with its increasing and uncontrolled flow of people and goods, allows the dissemination of pathogens throughout the world.
  • The multiple military conflicts (Ukraine) or pandemics (Covid-19) are vectors of disorganization in the production and protection of crops.

Better control plant diseases to reduce the impact of future food crises in our societies has become urgent.

The ICPP2023 congress will be an opportunity to establish an updated global plant health assessment. The latest knowledge on diseases will be presented as well as the latest solutions proposed to fight them. This congress will bring together scientists from all over the world working on this issue and will also be a place of reflection to imagine and propose new strategies to protect plants and trees, and to ensure their sustainability for future generations. In the context of "One Health", aiming at a better human health through a healthy environment and a better animal health, the health of plants must also appear as a major societal issue.

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