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Letter of ESN President
received 24 June 2003
Dear friends and colleagues,
On behalf of The European
Society of Nematologists (ESN) it is my pleasure to invite all
people involved in Nematology and Plant-Parasite Interaction to
attend the "XXVII ESN International Symposium", which
will be organised in Rome, Italy, from June 14 to 18th, 2004.
This International Meeting is being jointly sponsored by ESN,
National Council of Research (CNR), and other public and private
In the past decades,
the application of classical Nematology principles coupled with
modern agronomic practices, biotechnology and molecular biology
improved yield and food quality.
Fifty years after the discovery of the structure of DNA, our progress
in manipulating genes and in knowledge of their function has been
enormous. Molecular tools have become integrated in all fields
of research. New techniques were developed for fast-forward genetics
to identify genes required for plant susceptibility and resistance
to nematodes. As this area of research is witnessing a considerable
expansion of knowledge, the Program Organising Committee of the
Symposium will plan a number of panel discussion which will provide
ample opportunities for confronting different points of view in
Nematology and for debating the future of plant-nematode interaction.
Speakers from different countries will illustrate the present
status and future perspectives of public and private research
I am sure that you
will not miss this scientific opportunity and enjoy visiting Rome,
a unique historical city and art centre.
on conference themes, abstract submission, accommodation and more
will be provided at http://esn-symposium.ba.cnr.it,"Page
in construction" as it becomes available.
Looking forward to
seeing you numerous in Rome,