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Your early notification of participation and contributions to the conference are critical in order to define the scientific programme. We thus request those interested in the ISHS Fire Blight 2013 conference to send as early as possible their abstract(s) for poster(s)/talk(s) to the organizers.

In order to minimize post-submission editing, please download this MS word template and use it for writing your abstract(s) according to our formatting guidelines.

Deadline for abstract submission has now expired!

 You can now retrieve the abstract book by clicking the link below

Abstract book

Poster guidelines

Poster format is ISO-A0 vertical, i.e. HxW: 1189 x 841 mm (46.8 x 33.1 inches), or anything near that size (no, despite being Swiss we won’t measure millimeters!).

 The list of accepted posters titles is available to download

Posters Fire Blight 2013



A revised preliminary version of the updated definitive program is downloadable below

Fire Blight 2013 program

The conference schedule integrates science with policy and grower/industry stakeholder interests.


We will open the ISHS Workshop at 13:30 on Tuesday July 2nd, 2013 with a series of comprehensive keynote addresses that will orientate participants and discussion according to current status of fire blight research. We intend the ISHS workshop and the satellite meetings to stimulate dialogue between research, policy makers and stakeholders.

Dedicated sessions on phytosanitary issues, diagnostics, pathogen genetics, host genomics, breeding and control strategies are scheduled from 03-05 July 2013. We intend the talks to relay the 'big-picture' and communicate current status and propects/direction for each area of the fire blight management system. An extensive poster session will be offered to foster vigorous discussion among participants on detailed research areas.


Social Events

Tuesday, July 2nd: 19:30 - open end

Dinner at open air beer garden in Zürich at Bauschänzli Island (www.bauschaenzli.ch). 

The above event is dependent upon weather conditions and will be CANCELLED if rainy. Should this situation arise, more information and possibly an alternative program will be announced on Tuesday by the organizers.


Thursday, July 4th: 16:00- open end

Excursion to Agroscope Research Station in Wädenswil with visit to orchards and laboratories, wine tasting and social dinner barbecue (transport from ETH by coach).


Proceedings publications

All speakers are asked by ISHS to submit a short manuscript for publication in Acta Horticulturae .

Poster presenters are also invited and encouraged to submit a short manuscript, but this is not required.

NOTICE: there is a strict page limit of 6 pages for papers based on presented talks and a limit of 4 pages for papers based on posters. Page limits include all text and figures! Longer manuscripts will be returned to authors for shortening or rejected at the discretion of the editors. Extended abstracts alone will not be published.

The deadline for submitting a manuscript is October 31st, 2013. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Manuscripts must conform to the ISHS guidelines of format

>> a modifiable sample word file is downloadable here !!!

Please send your manuscript to fabio.rezzonico@zhaw.ch.


Satellite meetings

Monday July 1st,  2013 (13:00-18:00)

European Union EUPHRESCO II ERA-Net Project Meeting PhytFire.

please download Phytfire program



Tuesday July 2nd,  2013 (09:30-12:00)

Closing meeting of Agroscope's research program ProfiCrops (in German, with simultaneous translation in French).

Please download ProfiCrops program

in German / Deutschin French / Français

ProfiCrops research program






Please contact the organizers if you are interested in holding your own satellite event before or after the ISHS Workshop so that we can arrange the appropriate facilities for you.