Pathologists attend International Plant Virology Epidemiology SymposiumGeneral

At the conference in France are (from left) Dr Gus Gubba, Ms Sinethemba Ximba, a conference delegate, and Mr Vaneson Moodley.At the conference in France are (from left) Dr Gus Gubba, Ms Sinethemba Ximba, a conference delegate, and Mr Vaneson Moodley.

UKZN flew the South African flag high at the 13th International Plant Virology Epidemiology Symposium held in Avignon, France, under the theme: “Building Bridges Between Disciplines for Sustainable Management of Plant Virus Diseases”. 

The comprehensive meeting programme included sessions on Etiology and Diagnosis, Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology, Virus-Vector Interactions, Quantitative Epidemiology and Modelling, and Virus Control. 

The Plant Virology research group leader, Dr Gus Gubba, attended the meeting with two students, Ms Sinethemba Ximba and Mr Vaneson Moodley. 

Ximba, who is working towards her Masters in Science (MSc), presented a poster titled: “Detection and Identification of Potato Virus Y Infecting the Vegetable in the Msinga area in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”. 

PhD candidate Moodley gave an oral presentation on: “Disease Mapping and Risk Assessment of Whitefly Transmitted Virus Infecting Vegetable Crops in South Africa”. 

Another PhD student, Mr Charles Karavina, who could not attend the meeting, had a poster displayed titled: “Occurrence and Distribution of Iris Yellow Spot Virus on Allium Species in Zimbabwe”. 

At the event, Gubba accepted the nomination to be a member of the International Committee for Plant Virus Epidemiology (ICPVE), which is a subject (Plant Virology) committee of the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP). 

The 14th IPVE symposium will be held at CIAT, Colombia in 2019 with the 15th edition in South Africa in 2022.

Christine Cuénod