Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) is the causal agent of bacterial canker of Kiwifruit. First recorded in Japan in 1984, the bacterial disease has had a serious economic impact on kiwifruit production. The virulent form of Psa, known as Psa V, is known to have seriously affected Gold kiwifruit orchards in Italy and to have infected orchards across other countries in Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, Portugal). The haplotype, or form, found in New Zealand is genetically similar to the European haplotype, but genetically distinct from the form responsible for damage in Japan and Korea.
19-22 November 2013 will mark a milestone in the fight against Psa with the 1st International Conference on Bacterial Canker (Psa) in Kiwifruit - the inaugural conference in a series supported by the International Society for Horticultural Science - Commission Plant Protection - taking place at ASB Baypark in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
The theme for the 3-day conference is "Learning together means learning faster", highlighting in particular the most recent developments in the field, including the detection and understanding of Psa, management techniques, kiwifruit breeding and the impact of Psa on the supply chain.
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