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Asian Conference on Plant Pathology 2017 (ACPP 2017), held at Jeju-South Korea September 13-16 2017

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President ECO Science Foundation presented Country profile of Pakistan in the Conference

Korean Society of Plant Pathology organized the Asian Conference on Plant Pathology 2017 (ACPP 2017) at Jeju-South Korea, September 13-16, 2017. The main theme of the conference was translation from Genomes to disease management where participating scientists and experts deliberated on how to respond to the challenges and threats, such as climate changes, epidemic of plant diseases, and environmental pollutions, to disturb sustainable supply of foods and natural resources for diverse industries. ACPP 2017 served as a platform to foster collaboration among scientists around the world, especially Asia. Experts made their presentations and assessed the level of progress made in a wide range of research topics on the biology, genomics, host-pathogen interactions, resistance, and disease management. Over 700 participants participated in the conference to share the recent advancement in scientific researches and to broaden understanding of plant diseases. A large number of scientists, academicians, plant pathologists and students participated in the conference and represented their countries with their poster presentations.

This conference provided a unique opportunity to promote scientific collaboration in the field of plant pathology, from diagnosis to biotechnology. Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) represented Pakistan and participated in the conference where he made a presentation entitled, “Status of Crop Disease Management in Pakistan”. In which, he presented the country profile of Pakistan, diseases relevant to pathology and their measures taken in Pakistan. During the conference, Dr. Soomro also had an interaction with the President of International Society of Plant Pathology Dr. Gerg Johnson.

During the conference, a meeting of delegates and members of Asian Society of Plant Pathology was also held on September 14, 2017. Considering the threats such as climate change, epidemic of plant diseases, and environmental pollutions that disturbs sustainable supply of foods and natural resources for diverse industries, the delegates discussed future course of action of improving the yield of plants and how to manage these threats during the meeting. The meeting also discussed over holding of next conference by the society.

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