Theme: Preventing leaf disease losses of barley for smallholder farmers in West Asia and North Africa (WANA)

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International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) | Rabat, Morocco, April 5-7, 2017

The second International Workshop on Barley Leaf Diseases (IWBLD) will be organized by ICARDA at Rabat, Morocco, April 5-7, 2017. The workshop will provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas relating to understanding and controlling leaf diseases of barley. The goal of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) is to bring together international experts and young students interested in recently advanced studies in all aspects (theoretical and applied) of barley leaf diseases. Leaf diseases of barley are of economic importance and cause heavy losses in the WANA region.

Most of the barley in this region is cultivated under challenging moisture and temperature conditions with minimum inputs and targeted as food and feed/grazing crop for humans and livestock, respectively. Across the WANA region, foliar diseases result in poor grain yield as well as reduced quality of grain, forage, and other components. Chemical control measures are seldom if ever used in this region; thus, to ensure sustainable barley production of the highest quality possible for various end uses, an integrated approach is needed. To produce a healthy barley crop biotic stress management is an important requirement so that it can withstand the abiotic stresses in the region.

The second workshop at Rabat is a continuation of the first IWBLD held at Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy in June 2014. The first IWBLD, replaced the ‘International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights’, with the ISC’s goal to include a wider group of researchers investigating all barley leaf diseases, instead of only leaf blights.

Session topics

  • Barley leaf diseases under variable climate and farming systems
  • Epidemiology and integrated management of barley leaf diseases
  • Evolution of pathogen populations
  • Resistance genetics and breeding
  • Structural and functional genomics of barley pathogens
  • Molecular host-pathogen interactions
  • Special Topic: Emerging barley diseases

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Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan-II, Rue Hafiane Cherkaoui, Rabat, Morocco.

Registration fee

Normal rate: US$ 300 (rising to US$ 400 after deadline) Students: US$150

Local Delegates: US$ 150 Local Students: US$100

Registrations will open on 15 October 2016. The deadline is 15 January 2017 for registration payments and abstract submission.