May 2, 2017
International disease summit will focus on dickeya, pectobacterium

Dickeya has caused significant U.S. economic losses over the past three years. Photo: Jianjun (Jay) Hao, University of Maine.

Two bacteria threatening the potato industry worldwide will be the focus of a Potato Disease Summit, November 9th in Bangor, Maine, convened by the University of Maine.

Plant pathologists, researchers and scientists from The Netherlands, Scotland and five U.S. states will present the latest information on dickeya and pectobacterium. In the past three growing seasons, dickeya, a bacterial pathogen of potatoes, has caused significant economic losses in seed non-emergence and crop loss nationwide. In addition, an associated pathogen, pectobacterium, has caused potato crop losses in the field and in storage. The bacteria have caused losses to the potato industry in Europe for an even longer period.

The Potato Disease Summit will be 8 a.m.–5 p.m., on November 9th at the Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St., Bangor, Maine. This summit is for scientists, consultants, regulatory officials, potato seed growers and buyers. It will focus on such topics as current advances in detection and diagnosis of dickeya, an overview of pectobacterium in the U.S. and management of enterobacteriaceae spread and risk.

The $80 per person fee includes materials, lunch and breaks. Registration deadline is Oct. 2 and is available online.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Steve Johnson at 207-554-4373, or e-mail him at [email protected].


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