In May 2017, the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources organized an International Symposium on Xylella fastidiosa in Brisbane, Australia. The symposium was highly successful with 102 international delegates and speakers coming together over two days to share their experience and knowledge on how Australia can better prepare for the disease, and how Xylella incursions are managed overseas.
The symposium was funded by the Department under the Stronger Biosecurity and Quarantine Initiative and covered four main themes (Xylella and its vectors, Diagnostics and surveillance, Management and control, Research and collaboration) through 17 invited talks.
Recently, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources youtube channel has made available online all the presentations, including those of two researchers from the POnTE Consortium, the Coordinator, Dr. Donato Boscia, CNR-IPSP (Re-emergence of Xylella fastidiosa: The ongoing epidemics in southern Italy and European Union measures) and Dr. Marie-Agnes Jacques, INRA (Xylella fastidiosa, an emerging plant pathogen in Europe that threatens agriculture, Dr Marie-Agnès Jacques).
A report on the symposium has been also published by the Department. The report also provides the key scientific information underpinning Xylella preparedness activities, its subspecies and genetic strains, as well as the management of the pathogen and its insect vectors overseas. The report also summarises the key learnings that emerged during the moderated conversations with participants, and from the diagnostics and surveillance workshop that was held as part of the symposium.