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International Plant Protection Congresses

The International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS), together with local organizations and societies, convenes the International Plant Protection Congress every 4 years. The next Congress is in Athens, Greece in July 2024 (postponed due to the pandemic). We are now announcing the request for applications to host the XXI IPPC to be convened in 2027. For details regarding past congresses – click here

The important dates for an application to host this Congress are:
December 31, 2023:
Applications due.
March, 2024: Decision made by IAPPS Executive Committee.
May, 2024: Agreement between IAPPS and the LCO (Local Congress Organizer).
July, 2024: Winning bidder promotes their 2027 IPPC at Athens 2024 IPPC

For details on making an application and a Guide for applying to host the IPPC-2027 see:


For further information contact:

Prof. E. A. ‘Short’ Heinrichs

Secretary General and Membership Manager, IAPPS

Phone: 402-890-7496

Email: eheinrichs2@unl.edu

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ENDURE NEWS, Issue 36, December 2022

Welcome to the 36th edition of ENDURE News, the electronic newsletter from ENDURE. Please feel free to share this newsletter with colleagues.

  • e-PIC: On the road again
    Following a break caused by Covid-19, Philippe Delval and Solène Batard from ACTA, France’s association of agricultural technical institutes, have hit the road, facilitating a series of thematic days across the country as part of the campaign to encourage the uptake of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • IWMPRAISE: Newsletter and resources
    Although the IWMPRAISE project has now officially ended, it leaves behind an extensive selection of resources for all those interested in Integrated Weed Management (IWM). As the project’s final external newsletter makes clear, these include but are not limited to an IWM tool, tool sheets offering complementary information to the IWM tool, how-to inspiration sheets, e-learning modules, IWM games and scientific publications.
  • IPMWorks: Watch the videos!
    With the IPMWorks Resource Toolbox scheduled to open later this year, the Horizon 2020 project’s YouTube channel is beginning to fill up with introductions to some of its hubs and coverage of some of the events that have been held.
  • IPM Decisions platform goes live!
    The IPM Decisions platform is now live, offering an open access one-stop shop for decision support in Integrated Pest Management. The Horizon 2020 project, involving a number of ENDURE partner organisations, says the platform will provide farmers, consultants and researchers with a wide range of Decision Support Systems and weather data from across Europe.
  • SmartProtect: Platform news and more!
    SmartProtect, the Horizon 2020 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) thematic network bringing together 16 partners from 12 countries, has produced its second newsletter. It brings readers up to date with the network’s key aim, which is “to stimulate knowledge flow in the regional Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKISs) across the EU and connect these on the innovative potential of advanced methodologies for IPM in vegetable production, integrating precision farming technologies and data analytics”.
  • RustWatch: Get the app and participate
    While the RustWatch project (Wheat Rust Early Warning) officially ended in October, an early warning campaign will again be carried out in 2022 and 2023 using the project’s rust survey crowdsource application.
  • ABIM: Big attendance and award winners
    This October’s Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM) attracted more than 1,550 visitors from 53 nations to Basel, Switzerland. The event provides the opportunity for businesses to showcase new products, to discuss market opportunities, present new research and learn about the latest regulatory situation.
  • Legume Hub: Join the community
    The Horizon 2020 Legumes Translated project has helped to ensure that the European legume development community continues to thrive with the launch of the European Legume Hub knowledge platform.
  • New hope for Flavescence dorée control
    Researchers at Agroscope in Switzerland have successfully cracked the genome of Flavescence dorée, raising hopes that new ways of controlling the serious vine disease may be possible.
  • IWMPRAISE: Final guide to trials
    With the five-year IWMPRAISE (Integrated Weed Management: PRActical Implementation and Solutions for Europe) project due to finish this autumn, the 39 partners have produced the 2022 and final edition of its guide to the project’s Experimental Trials in Europe.
  • Updates on greenhouse and indoor crops
    Researchers from Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands have reported that greenhouse strawberry production is possible almost year-round with a minimal use of fossil fuels and chemical plant protection products.  
  • Resistant vine team scoops award
    A team working on resistant vines at France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) has received the Science with an Impact award at the organisation’s annual Lauriers prizes, in which winners are selected by an international jury.
  • Fungi for sustainable production
    Agroscope, ENDURE’s Swiss partner, has shared the findings of a pan-European study detailing the adverse effect plant protection products have on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), reducing their ability to supply plants with phosphorus via their roots.
  • Whiteflies acquire multiple plant genes
    Building on recent studies revealing the transfer of two plant genes to the genome of the silverleaf whitefly, French researchers have established that some 49 plant genes have been transferred to the genome of one of the world’s major pests.
  • Long-term experiments: Meeting future challenges
    The Association of Applied Biologists is organising an event focusing on long-term experiments (LTEs) from June 20 to 22, 2023. Hosted by Rothamsted Research in the UK, the three-day conference will “focus on using LTEs to meet current and future challenges in agriculture”.
  • Agrifood sector considers diversification measures
    Italian researchers from the Horizon 2020 Diverfarming project have conducted a consultation on the benefits and barriers to the adoption of multiple cropping systems and sustainable management practices identified as suitable for improving diversification in the country’s cereal crops.
  • Joint seminar for ERA-Net Cofund projects
    Projects from the SusCrop and FACCA SURPLUS ERA-Net Cofunds are holding a joint status seminar meeting early next year as part of an outreach seminar for international collaboration.
  • Be inspired: IWM in oilseed rape
    The latest inspiration sheet from IWMPRAISE, the project addressing Integrated Weed Management (IWM), details the seven trials conducted in three French regions on combined mechanical and chemical weeding in oilseed rape (OSR).
  • Events: Get organised for 2023!
    Next year’s events calendar is filling up nicely, with some conference organisers opting to hold hybrid live and virtual events to attract wider audiences. These include the Association of Applied Biologists’ event focusing on long-term experiments, which is being hosted by Rothamsted Research in the UK from June 20 to 22 2023, and the 8th edition of the Global Conference on Plant Science and Molecular Biology (GPMB 2023), which is being held in Valencia, Spain and virtually next September.
  • To find out more about ENDURE, visit: www.endure-network.eu
  • To get in touch with ENDURE, use the contact form

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ATHENS, GREECE, 1-5 July, 2024

Members of the local organizing and scientific committee

Kickoff of XX IPPC ATHENS, 1-5 July, 2024

25 November, 2022

Local organizing and scientific committee (LOSC)

In 25 November, 2022, the kickoff meeting of the Local organizing and scientific committee (LOSC) took place at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA)

Members of the local organizing and scientific committee (LOSC) with  the Chair of XX IPPCAthens2024, Prof. Eris Tjamos, the Vise Rector of AUA I. Chatzipavlidis, the Ex-Vise Rector of AUA Prof. E. Paplomatas and the Member of the Board of the Directors of AUA Prof. D. Tsitsigiannis attended virtually or via a zoom platform the new kick off meeting of the LOSC, which took place at the Agricultural University of Athens. 

The LOSC discussed various organizational matters and exchanged ideas on the scientific programm. The proposals on Plenary and Concurrent Sessions, worked out by several subcommittees during the year, have been already finalized, after taking into account all the proposed suggestions by IAPPS Board members and the members of the Greek organizing and scientific committee.

The proposals were submitted to the IAPPS BOARD for its final evaluation and further instructions.

Prof. Eris Tjamos is in close contact with the General Secretary of IAPPS Prof. Elvis Heinrichs, for continuous consultation and exchange of ideas on various organizational matters of the Congress.

Eris Tjamos,


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New Executive Board of the Entomological Federation of Latin America (FELA)

The Entomological Federation of Latin American (FELA) is integrated by nine entomological societies: Sociedad Entomológica de Brasil (SEB), Sociedad Entomológica Argentina (SEA), Sociedad Boliviana de Entomología (SBE), Sociedad Colombiana de Entomología (SOCOLEN), Sociedad Chilena de Entomología (SCHE), Sociedad Entomológica Ecuatoriana (SEE), Sociedad Mexicana de Entomología (SME), Sociedad Panameña de Entomología (SEPAM), and Sociedad Entomológica del Perú (SEP). During the XI Argentinian Congress of Entomology and the XII Latin American Congress of Entomology (La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 24–28), FELA held its first ordinary assembly, where representatives of the member societies voted the new Executive Board. Welcomed members of the Board are Juana María Coronado Blanco (President), Bruno Zachrisson (Vice-President), Lucía Claps (Secretary), Norma Nolazco (Vocal), and María Stella Zerbino (Past President). The city of Uberlandia (Minas Gerais, Brazil) was designated to host the XIII Latin American Congress of Entomology (CLAE), that will be held in 2024.

New Executive Board of FELA: Bruno Zachrisson, Lucía Claps, Norma Nolazco, Juana María Coronado Blanco, and María Stella Zerbino.

Submitted by:

Dr. Nora Altier

IAPPS Coordinator Region XV, South America

E-mail: naltier@inia.org.uy

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         Organizers              TAMAZ PATARKALASHVILI, Phd, Technical University, Georgia             Carlos José Bécquer Granados, PhD            Institute of Pastures and Forages Research (Cuba)              ABDEL AZIZ MOHAMED PhD Alexandria University, Egypt   Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani,PhD AUIN-UNESP Brazil, Brazil    Anjanapura V. Raghu, PhD Jain University India             Carlos Ruiz Garvia PhD                                     UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub,           Germany                      MANAGEMENT            Mr. Jim Anderson            Plant-2023 Organizing Committee            96 Mainard Crescent            ON L6R 2T8            Brampton Canada           plant@massivegroup.org           massivegroup33@gmail.com           plant@plantaconferences.com            Dear Colleague,     We are delighted to announce that the 3rd International Conference on Plant Science and Molecular Biology will be held in Portugal taking place on 17-19, May 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.   PLANT-2023 Conference remains the only annual event of its kind gathering leading international researchers and experts in the field of Plant Science.   On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to invite you to speak at the 3rd International Conference on Plant Science and Molecular Biology on 17-19, May 2023.   The meeting will consist of selected oral presentations, poster sessions, and keynote addresses.  Special Awards for 3 best Oral Communication and 3 best Poster for young presenters (< 35 years old).   Should you have any query or you need any further information about the Conference please address your correspondence to plant@massivegroup.org ; massivegroup33@gmail.com   We will be really pleased if you could join us and give an oral presentation of your recent research for scientific sessions and abstract submission, Please Click   Abstract Submission   Looking forward to hearing from you,     Sincerely, Jim Anderson Conference Manager    

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Australia joins forces with New Zealand and United States to strengthen

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

To further shape science-based international food standards that help protect consumers and support trade, we are partnering with New Zealand and the United States to deliver a two-day South West Pacific Codex Outreach Workshop in New Zealand, on Tuesday 8 November and Wednesday 9 November 2022.

Designed to foster increased engagement and participation in Codex across the region, the workshop is a key opportunity to discuss the needs of the region to ensure standards developed in Codex in the future are reflective of the needs of our region, and make a positive impact on food safety and trade in the Pacific.

Food is one of Australia’s most important exports. We export about 70% of the food we produce.

Codex is the international intergovernmental body, recognised by the World Trade Organisation, that sets food standards to protect the health of consumers and promote fair practices in food trade. It was established by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization in 1962.

Australia, along with 11 other Codex member countries in neighbouring Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu – will meet.

It is important for Codex members from the South West Pacific region to work together on the future for developing standards that affect the global trade in food.

To discover more about Codex, visit: Codex – International Food Standards – DAFF (agriculture.gov.au)

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Tags:AgricultureAustraliaCook IslandsFijiGovernmentGuineaKiribatiMicronesiaNauruNew ZealandpacificPapua New GuineaSamoaSolomon IslandsTongaUnited StatesVanuatu:World Health Organization

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Registrations open to attend Pan-African Nematology Network workshop,
1-3 March 2023

From 1-3 March 2023, the second international PANEMA workshop will take place in Mbombela,
South Africa. This 3-day workshop, hosted by the University of Mpumalanga (in cooperation with
North West University, the Agricultural Research Council and with support from Syngenta), will bring
together trained nematologists, early-career researchers, students, agricultural extension workers,
farmers and other stakeholders from across South Africa, Africa and beyond. This event builds on the
success of the first PANEMA workshop, held in Eldoret, Kenya in February 2022, where more than
100 participants travelled from across Africa to attend the event.
Established in 2021, in the framework of the Erasmus+ project Capacity Building in Higher Education
(CBHE): Nematology Education in Sub-Sahara Africa (NEMEDUSSA), PANEMA (Pan-African
Nematology Network) aims to promote networking and academic exchange between nematologists
working in Africa. The focus of the network and workshop is on sharing good educational practices,
creating and strengthening networks between higher education institutes (HEIs) and other
stakeholders, and providing additional educational opportunities for those working in agriculture and
The workshop aims to have a good balance between seminars and hands-on practice in the field and
lab, to enhance life-long learning and create opportunities for interactive discussions and networking
between stakeholders. It is also a platform where students and African nematologists can showcase
their projects and research. Next to nematode-related topics such as ‘Nematology and the One Earth
Approach’, this workshop will focus on training in scientific communication skills to create better
awareness about nematodes.
This workshop is open to farmers, agricultural extension workers, students, researchers,
nematologists and interested parties. Tthey are invited to register to attend this event in Mbombela,
which can also be followed free online. For the programme and registration link, please go to
https://nemedussa.ugent.be/2nd-panema-workshop-1-3-march-2023-2/ .
For more information about the NEMEDUSSA project and upcoming PANEMA events, please see
http://www.nemedussa.ugent.be. This project is funded with support from the European Commission.
Nematology Coordination Office: Erasmus+ CBHE project Nematology Education in Sub-Saharan
For more information, reach out to: nemedussa@ugent.be
What are nematodes?
Nematodes or roundworms cause significant damage and yield loss to a wide variety of crops, often together with
other pathogens. At the same time, nematodes can also be used as bio-control agents against insect pests and/or as
bio-control agents for environmental health and biodiversity. The NEMEDUSSA project aims to increase awareness
about nematodes and expand educational and research capacities in HEIs in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in this field,
and is a joint effort by a consortium of Universities from Sub-Sahara Africa and Europe. The PANEMA workshop is the
next step in bringing nematologists together to collaborate on ways forward to address this pressing agricultural

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  International Plant Health Conference  21 – 23 September 2022 | 09:00-18:00 Queen Elizabeth II Centre | London UK     Dear plant health colleagues and friends,   Plant health is a key factor in any strategy to achieve food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and facilitate safe trade.   In the past months, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention has been working closely with the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, on organizing the first-ever International Plant Health Conference (IPHC), being held in London, the UK, from 21 – 23 September.     The IPHC aims to address new and emerging plant health challenges, including climate change impacts, the rapid loss of biological diversity, the significant increase in international trade, and new pest pathways such as e-commerce.   The IPHC is a unique opportunity to raise global awareness and promote the importance of protecting plant health. Take part in the crucial discussions on plant health by following the Live webcast on the IPHC webpage.   Information on the IPHC and a collection of plant health resources (key messages, social media assets, publications, videos, stories, podcasts, and more) are available on the IPHC Trello board. Please don’t forget to tag IPPC (Facebook, Twitter) when posting on social media and remember to use the official event hashtag #PlantHealthConference.    I would be pleased to hear your thoughts and ideas on the way forward to promote plant health globally. Sincerely, Osama El-Lissy 
International Plant Protection Convention
Join the conversation on the #PlantHealthConference!

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Apologies for cross posting.
International Plant Health Conference 21 – 23 September 2022 | 09:00-18:00 Queen Elizabeth II Centre | London UK
Plant health is a key factor in any strategy to achieve food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and facilitate safe trade.   The First International Plant Health Conference aims to address new and emerging plant health challenges, including climate change impacts, the risks associated with significant increase in international trade, the rapid loss of biological diversity and new pest pathways such as e-commerce by exploring more efficient national, regional and global policies, structures and mechanisms.   The Conference will be held in London, the United Kingdom on 21 – 23 September 2022 and is co-organized by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention.   Register before the 31st of July 2022 for the International Plant Health Conference and take part in the global scientific, technical and regulatory forum to advocate for plant health and food security.    
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Effective plant health management is critical for improving the productivity, profitability, sustainability and resilience of agrifood systems. Yet, farming communities, especially in low- and middle-income countries, continue to struggle against plant pests and diseases. Each year, these threats cause 10–40% losses to major food crops, costing the global economy US$220 billion. Recent analyses show that the highest losses due to pests and diseases are associated with food-deficit regions with fast-growing populations.

Increasing trade and travel, coupled with weak phytosanitary systems, are accelerating the global spread of devastating pests and diseases. The situation is exacerbated by climate change, driving the emergence of new threats. These burdens fall disproportionately on women and poorly resourced communities.

Diagnostic capacity, global-scale surveillance data, risk forecasting and rapid response and management systems for major pests and diseases are still lacking. Inadequate knowledge and access to climate-smart control options often leave smallholders and marginalized communities poorly equipped to respond to biotic threats. Environmental effects of toxic pesticides, mycotoxin exposure and acute unintentional pesticide poisoning are major concerns globally.


This Initiative aims to protect agriculture-based economies of low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America from devastating pest incursions and disease outbreaks, by leveraging and building viable networks across an array of national, regional and global institutions.


This objective will be achieved by:

  • Bridging knowledge gaps and networks for plant health threat identification and characterization, focusing on strengthening the diagnostic and surveillance capacity of national plant protection organizations and national agricultural research and extension systems, and facilitating knowledge exchange on pests and diseases.
  • Risk assessment, data management and guiding preparedness for rapid response, focusing on controlling the introduction and spread of pests and diseases by developing and enhancing tools and standards.
  • Integrated pest and disease management, focusing on designing and deploying approaches against prioritized plant health threats in targeted crops and cropping systems.
  • Tools and processes for protecting food chains from mycotoxin contamination: designing and deploying two innovations for reducing mycotoxin contamination to protect health, increase food/feed safety, enhance trade, diversify end-use and boost income.
  • Equitable and inclusive scaling of plant health innovations to achieve impacts, through multistakeholder partnerships, inter-disciplinary research and effective communications.


This Initiative will work in the following countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Proposed 3-year outcomes include:

  1. National plant protection organizations in at least 10 target countries participate in a global plant diagnostic and surveillance network, exchanging data and knowledge.
  2. At least 25 national partners in 10 target countries use the novel diagnostic and surveillance tools to effectively counter existing or emerging plant health threats.
  3. At least 10 target national plant protection organizations increase their capacity to use epidemiological modeling data and decision support tools for pest risk assessment and preparedness to counter prioritized pests and diseases.
  4. A global plant health consortium comprising 60–70 institutions is operational, codeveloping and deploying integrated pest and disease management innovation packages and educational curriculum for effective plant health management.
  5. Adoption of eco-friendly and climate-smart integrated pest and disease management innovations by at least 4 million smallholders in 15 countries results in reduction in crop losses of at least 5% and use of toxic pesticides of at least 10%.
  6. At least 10 private sector partners in four focal countries in Africa commercialize Aflasafe to 200,000 farmers (400,000 ha of maize), resulting in enhanced availability of safe and nutritious food and feed.
  7. At least 300,000 smallholder households across five countries use affordable and easy-to-use pre- and post-harvest integrated mycotoxin management innovations for mitigating contamination of the food chain.
  8. Plant health research communities in at least 12 targeted countries use needs assessment evidence and data to develop demand-driven, equitable and scalable innovations.
  9. National and regional partners use validated scaling approaches for detection, surveillance and management of pests, diseases and mycotoxin.
  10. Based on science-based plant health policy briefs, investors and decision makers in targeted regions create an enabling environment for research for development and scaling of plant health innovations.


Projected impacts and benefits include:

POVERTY REDUCTION, LIVELIHOODS & JOBSLivelihoods of more than 27 million people (more than 6 million households) across 13 target countries are improved due to increased yield stability and containment of pest- and disease-induced crop and food losses at the field- and landscape-levels through development and delivery of eco-friendly innovations to detect and control pests and diseases.
NUTRITION, HEALTH & FOOD SECURITYMore than 110 million people (more than 16 million households) benefit from better resilience of crops and cropping systems, better preparedness to counter biotic threats exacerbated by climate variability and changing farming practices, further increasing food security and farm profitability, and reducing food prices.Losses in yield and quality of major food crops due to pests and diseases are reduced through integrated pest and disease management innovations. Food and feed are made safer for consumption by reducing pesticide and mycotoxin contamination in targeted crops, improving human and animal health.
GENDER EQUALITY, YOUTH & SOCIAL INCLUSIONAround 8 million women have increased access to and benefit from plant health innovations through prioritization and implementation of approaches for gender-equitable and socially inclusive design and scaling of plant health innovations. These are supported by multi-stakeholder partnerships and new opportunities for women and youth.
CLIMATE ADAPTATION & MITIGATIONMore than 8 million people (more than 1.27 million households) benefit from reduced impact of climate-induced changes in pests and diseases on crops, food security, and livelihoods through better preparedness and adaptation of plant health innovations based on improved forecasting of threats and modeling of impacts.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & BIODIVERSITYReduction in use of toxic pesticides and associated safety hazards, including pesticide residues in the environment, due to integrated disease and pest management and prioritization of nature-based solutions are applied on more than 9 million hectares of maize crops, benefiting more than 24 million people (more than 5 million households). Natural biodiversity and ecologies are protected from devastating invasive pests and pathogens and toxic pesticides.
For more details, view the Initiative proposal

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International Plant Health Conference 21 – 23 September 2022 | 09:00-18:00 Queen Elizabeth II Centre | London UK
Plant health is a key factor in any strategy to achieve food security, protect the environment and biodiversity, and facilitate safe trade.   The First International Plant Health Conference aims to address new and emerging plant health challenges, including climate change impacts, the risks associated with significant increase in international trade, the rapid loss of biological diversity and new pest pathways such as e-commerce by exploring more efficient national, regional and global policies, structures and mechanisms.   The Conference will be held in London, the United Kingdom on 21 – 23 September 2022 and is co-organized by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.   Register for the International Plant Health Conference and take part in the global scientific, technical and regulatory forum to advocate for plant health and food security.    

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