On 25-27 September 2008, the Institute of Phytopathology with financial support from ISTC and the UK Ministry of Defence organised the First International Transcaucasus Conference on Plant Pathology in Tbilisi.
The conference was attended by over 100 delegates from 12 countries, and also representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Education and Science and National Service for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection of Georgia. The conference received mass media attention.
The aim of the conference was to encourage collaboration to enhance sustainable agricultural production in the Caucasus region. Delegates reported and discussed the situation of plant diseases and their threat to production in the Caucasus region.
The conference comprised the following sessions:
• Plant disease survey and epidemiology;
• Quarantine diseases and new pathogens;
• Diagnostic methods;
• Disease control.
Participants discussed the way ahead for Georgia to achieve European standards in agriculture through development of disease control methods.