PMN Crop News Homepage   

Posted 16 March 2008. PMN Crop News.

Symposium Proceedings Cover Hot Topics on Pests and Climate Change

Royal Netherlands Society of Plant Pathology.

Wageningen, The Netherlands (March 10, 2009)--On December 3, 2008, the Royal Netherlands Society of Plant Pathology (KNPV) organized a symposium on the impact of climate change on plant pests and diseases. Researchers from several European countries, as well as experts and young scientists from The Netherlands, presented data from climatological, agricultural and plant-pathological studies.


Most climate scenarios predict global warming. This has consequences on global and local weather conditions and weather extremes. These will undoubtedly affect survival and spread of insects and plant diseases, as some important pests favor higher temperatures or are able to survive mild winters. The expected impact on food availability and food security was discussed.

The symposium was successful in bringing together experts from different scientific areas and was attended by approximately one hundred scientists, teachers, and policy makers. Pests and Climate Change also served as a teaser and stepping stone for an international congress on the same subject, which will take place in Evora, Portugal, in 2010. This meeting will be organized jointly by the KNPV, the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the European Foundation for Plant Pathology (EFPP).

Congress proceedings, including abstracts and presentations, can be downloaded from:

More information can be obtained from

Jan-Kees Goud