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This year has been established by the FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The Conference mission is to promote and disseminate the latest scientific advances in all aspects of phytobacteriology and encourage dialogue and collaboration between researchers. The latest developments in the field, either basic or applied, will be presented and discussed at the conference. Plenary, oral and poster sessions will be held on key topics such as: Epidemiology and Ecology; Omics and Evolution; Control and Integrated Management; Diversity, Taxonomy and Diagnosis; Pathogenesis and Regulation; Disease Resistance and Effector Biology. On June 5 to 6, 2020, before the 14th ICPPB Conference, the 4th International Erwinia workshop (IEW) will be held.

We will also provide you with the opportunity to experience Italian culture and food. Assisi is famous in the green heart of the Italian Region, Umbria, as the birthplace of San Francesco, closely associated with the work of the Franciscan Order. Its medieval art masterpieces, such as the Basilica of San Francesco – one of the 54 Unesco Human World Heritage sites in Italy, with fresco paintings by Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, Simone Martini and Giotto – have made Assisi a fundamental reference point for the development of Italian and European art and architecture.

We hope you will join us for a great conference and look forward to welcome you in Assisi!

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