Plants on the defensive in Neuchâtel

Press release of September 5, 2011

Thanks to the initiative of Brigitte Mauch-Mani, researcher supervisor at the University of Neuchâtel, the NCCR Plant Survival is organising from  September 4 to  8 the PR-IR11, an international congress on plant defences against pests and diseases that will be held . Some 180 people are expected at the Aula des Jeunes-Rives congress site. A day after the meeting, a delegation of 23 Japanese scientists will meet in order to make links with other researchers.
This interdisciplinary meeting will bring together both experts that are studying proteins (called PR-proteins) implicated in the appearance of plant diseases and specialists in plant induced resistance against insects and diseases that are operating under the auspices of the International Organisation of Biological Control (IOBC).
Since these two approaches are complementary, the idea of uniting them helps to better tackle the persistent problem of plant interactions with pathogens and insect pests. Given that most of the NCCR Plant Survival groups are more or less involved in the same area of study, this research network is an ideal partner for this event. Hence, the decision of  the organising committee consisting of Brigitte Mauch-Mani, Corné M.J. Pieterse of Utrecht University (Netherlands) and Annegret Schmitt of the Julius Kuehn Institute in Darmstadt (Germany) to choose Neuchâtel for the meeting.
Please note that at the end of the congress, on Friday September 9, a delegation of 23 scientists from Japan will meet in the framework of the Core-to-Core initiative, a programme supported by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and aimed at creating world-class research hubs with researchers from different countries including Switzerland.



Dr. Brigitte Mauch-Mani
Local Organiser

Université de Neuchâtel
Laboratoire de biologie moléculaire et cellulaire
Rue Emile-Argand 11
Case postale 158
CH-2009 Neuchâtel
Tel. : +41 32 718 22 05