A workshop on “Rapid Diagnostic Tools for Identification of Phytophthora species on Horticultural Crops ” organized by Dr. Jean Ristaino, with the assistance of Dr. Pallem Chowdappa, ICAR and Dr. David Cooke was held at the ICAR- Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Bangalore India, Sept 8, 2015 preceding the 3rd International Phytophthora Symposium, Sept 9-12. Over 120 participants applied for the workshop that included 30 students from diverse research institutes in India. The hands on laboratory training in morphological and molecular identification of Phytophthora species included use of a diagnostic keys, PCR and sequence based identification.
The subsequent 4 day symposium included plenary presentations by invited international guests on emerging Phytophthora diseases, taxonomy and phylogeny, population biology, genomics, pathogenesis, epidemiology, host resistance and disease management. The well-attended meeting also included inaugural and cultural events, a field tour, a trade show and a valedictory honors ceremony for the invited speakers. A workshop report and recommendations for future Phytophthora research in India were given by the international team.