PATHOLUX SECOND LUXEMBOURGISH CONFERENCE ON THE IMPACT OF PLANT PATHOGENS ON THE QUALITY OF AGRICULTURAL CROPS AND WINE
This special issue of the Journal of Plant Pathology was edited on the occasion of the second PATHOLUX Conference “Impact of Plant Pathogens on the Quality of Crops and Wine (Patholux - Grapelux) - Plant Pathology in Relation to Food Safety and Food Quality”, which took place in Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg on October 22 and 23, 2012, gathering participants from 15 countries. It contains abstracts from oral presentations and posters, as well as full contributions.
The Conference was organized by members of the working group “Plants, food and nutrition” of the Public Research Center Gabriel Lippmann located in Belvaux, Luxembourg.
The objective of the 2-day Conference was to discuss the impact of plant pathogens on food quality aspects, including wine. A wide number of topics were addressed, covering the control and detection of fungi, viruses, and bacteria, their metabolites, the mechanisms of plant-pathogen interactions and the impact of pathogens on quantitative and qualitative properties of crops and resulting food products.
More specifically, the following topics were addressed on day 1:
Secondary metabolites: origin, regulation and their role in organism interactions
Understanding toxin production and plant pathogens and their detection for improving food safety
Pathogen control: what matters?
The topics covered on day 2 included:
Challenges for grape protection under future climate conditions
Innovative approaches in pesticide reduction
- Impact of pathogens on wine quality
Full contributions were peer reviewed by at least one external reviewer and one member of the scientific committee.
We are grateful for the scientific exchange and insightful results gained during this Conference, and would especially like to extend our gratitude to all authors for their contributions, as well as to the reviewers of the full manuscripts.
We further wish to thank Elisabeth Clot, Alexandra Dobrowolski, Boris Untereiner, Aude Corvisy, Marie-Caroline Jonville, Nicole Baron and Servane Contal for technical support and Robert Ley and André Mehlen for their availability as Chairmen.