BES Forest Ecology Group

A British Ecological Society Special Interest Group

BES Symposium 2015 Announcement

The Ecology and Evolution of  Emerging Plant Pests and Pathogens

Challenges to Global Food Security and Ecosystem Resilience

Today we announce a BES Symposium on one of the most pressing topics in environmental management.


13-14 July 2015, Penryn Campus, University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK


This Symposium will bring together experts in genetics, cell biology, ecology, evolution, plant pathology, modelling, microbiology, climate change, remote sensing, agriculture and forestry to synthesize recent research into emerging plant pests and pathogens (EPPPs) and share findings across disciplines. The aim is to describe the threat that EPPPs pose, the mechanisms by which they evolve and spread, the ecological and environmental factors that influence emergence, and the management strategies that can be used for control.

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The Current Threat to Agriculture and Forestry

Past and present impacts of plant pests and diseases; Current distributions and impacts on agriculture; Current distributions and impacts on forests; Case studies of the most dangerous EPPPs.

The Emergence of Dangerous EPPPs

The evolution of virulence and pathogenicity in EPPPs; The molecular basis of plant-enemy interactions; Host selection, host specificity, and host jumps; Trade-offs between virulence and host specificity.

Environmental Interactions

Vectors, co-infection, and host-antagonistic interactions; Endophytes, predators, and host-beneficial interactions; Weather and climate change; Roles of biological and environmental factors in dispersal.

Detection and Management

Molecular methods for detection and identification; b. Remote sensing of EPPPs and their effects; New horizons in plant protection; International monitoring networks and capacity building.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Charles Godfray (Oxford University, UK)
  • Sarah Gurr (Exeter University, UK)
  • Michael Shaw (Reading University, UK)
  • Joan Webber (Forest Research, UK)
  • Joy Bergelson (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Eva Stukenbrock (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
  • Santiago Elena (CSIC-UPV, Spain)
  • Andrea Campisano (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy)
  • Andreas von Tiedemann (University of Göttingen, Germany)
  • Chris Gilligan (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Anne-Katrin Mahlein (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • James Brown (John Innes Institute, UK)
  • Julian Smith (FERA, UK)


Dan Bebber, Britt Koskella & Sarah Gurr (University of Exeter)

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