International Advances in Plant Virology 2025: VIRTIGATION joins flagship plant health event as organiser

This prestigious scientific conference brings together leading plant virologists from across Europe and beyond to discuss current trends in plant virology – for the first time, the VIRTIGATION project will co-host this flagship event, which will take place from 8-11 April 2025 in Murcia, Spain.

Date: 8th  – 11th April 2025
Location: Aula de Cultura Cajamurcia, Murcia, Spain

IAPV25: pioneering research advances in plant virology

The International Advances in Plant Virology (IAPV) conferences are organised by the Virology group of the renowned Association of Applied Biologists, and take place every three years to discuss and assess the latest scientific findings in all aspects of plant virology. We are very excited that for the IAPV25, the VIRTIGATION project has been invited to co-host this key gathering alongside the Euphresco project community network for practices in plant virology (VIRNET2).  

VIRTIGATION: protecting tomato and cucurbit crops from emerging plant viruses

VIRTIGATION, a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, is at the forefront of protecting tomato and cucurbit crops from emerging plant viruses. VIRTIGATION aims to develop a set of bio-based remedies to safeguard tomato and cucurbit from these devastating viruses. The project will propose and demonstrate several innovative solutions, including vaccines for the plants, biopesticides against virus vectors, as well as new Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies.

Tackling plant viruses through scientific excellence

The IAPV25 co-hosted by VIRTIGATION will cover cutting-edge topics, each playing a critical role in tackling plant viruses through scientific excellence. Plant viruses cause significant crop losses across the globe, and are responsible for a large proportion of devastating plant diseases.

This edition of the IAPV will cover a broad array of plant virology research areas, including notably the molecular mechanisms of plant-virus interactions; the applied consequences of plant virus infection; evolutionary and ecological aspects of plant viruses and exploring how plant viruses can be utilised in biotechnology. 

VIRTIGATION sessions on protecting greenhouse-grown crops from plant viruses

At the IAPV25, the VIRTIGATION project will be organising two sessions on how to protect greenhouse-grown tomato and cucurbit crops from plant viruses. The first session will focus on addressing plant viruses transmitted by insect plant pests such as whiteflies, while the second session will explore strategies to safeguarding tomato and cucurbit crops from mechanically transmitted plant viruses.

Agenda & Registration

Participation to the IAPV25 is possible in person or online, and is subject to a registration fee to be announced in the coming months by the Virology group of the Association of Applied Biologists. Registration is open as of 1st of January 2025. Check out the conference website for the full agenda & registration details here below.