International Society for Plant Pathology
(Professor Richard Falloon, President)
Report to ISPP from Hellenic Society for 2003-2008.
Name of Society.
Hellenic Phytopathological Society. (HPS)
Web address for Society. http://efe.aua.gr
Names of personnel preparing report. Epaminondas Paplomatas–HPS President (2006-2008), Anna Assimakopoulou –HPS Secretary (2006-2008)
Nominated Officers. Is the list for your society on the ISPP website correct? (http://www.isppweb.org/societies.asp) Yes/
No* (*strike out whichever is not applicable)
Will a Society member be making corrections to the ISPP entry for your society on-line? Yes/
Society Contact: Epaminondas Paplomatas Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Society membership. 161 members in 2006; 162 members in 2007; 155 members in 2008.
Report for 2003-2008.
Society Activities and publications. A brief background, and information about the aims and achievements of the Hellenic Phytopathological Society and links to Society publications, are detailed on the Society Website. The Society publishes the Abstracts of Papers presented at the biennial National Congress (organized by the HPS) in Phytopathologia Mediterranea and Special Scientific Review Articles (in Greek) on important plant pathology topics, written by HPS members. Also, members of the HPS are preparing the "Complete English-Greek Dictionary of Plant Pathology Terms" that will be published by the Society.
Other plant pathology conferences in Greece. In Fall 2009, the HPS will be one of the organizers (together with the other two plant protection societies of Greece, the Entomological and the Weed Science Societies) of the 5th Pan-Hellenic Plant Protection Congress to be held in Larissa, Central Greece. The HPS has participated in all four previous Plant Protection Congresses.
Plant Pathology in Greece. The HPS publishes the "Plant Pathology Fact Sheets" on important topics of Plant Pathology, mostly concerning new and serious diseases. The latest two Fact Sheets dealt with the Fusarium root and stem rot of cucumber caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-cucumerinun (first described in 1996 in Crete, Greece world-wide) and the Canker stain disease of plane trees caused by Ceratocystis fimbriata f. sp. platani. The HPS was an organizing member of a one day conference on the cancer stain disease.
Funding opportunities. HPS researchers collaborate with colleagues in other mostly EU countries through a number of programs and funding sources. Moreover, research funds come from projects through the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Ministry of Development.
- Society Conferences and Workshops. The HPS holds a biennial National Conference. The upcoming 14th National Conference will be held on 7-10 October, 2008 in Nafplion, Peloponnesus, Greece.
Plant pathology in the Region Served by the Society 2003-2008
The HPS, through the biennial congresses informs the Hellenic scientific community as well as the farmer advisors of the extension services but also the farmers about the latest in Plant Pathology concerning the onset of new pathogens and suggesting strategies of disease management. Members of the HPS have an active role in collaboration with the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food (MRDF) towards the approval of plant protection products and other advisory roles. They also inform farmers through mass media about diseases of various crops and suggest control measures. Recently, the Minister of the MRDF formed an advisory committee in which the HPS was invited and represented by its president to form a proposal for the upcoming new regulation of the European Union concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.
The HPS is a member of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology (EFPP) and the Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (MPU) and members of the HPS have served in the Board of Directors of the MPU or in the MPU’s journal Phytopathologia Mediterranea as reviewers or in the editorial board.