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13th International Fire Blight Workshop
2.-5. July 2013, Zürich, Switzerland 

Organisers: Fabio Rezzonico, Brion Duffy and Cesare Gessler


You are cordially invited to attend the 13th International Fire Blight Workshop in Zürich, Switzerland. The meeting will cover all the aspects of fire blight research, presenting the latest advances in relevant fields such as host and pathogen genetics/genomics, host-pathogen interactions and behaviour, disease epidemiology and ecology, pathogen identification,  resistance breeding, chemical/biological control and disease management strategies.

The meeting will be held 2.-5. July 2013 at the main building (HG) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Campus Zentrum) overlooking downtown Zürich. A number of rooms in nearby hotels were pre-booked for participants of Fire Blight 2013 by local organizers. The meeting site is easily accessed by a short train ride (20') from Zürich Airport (ZHR).


There will be a number of social events organized throughout the week (walking tour of Zürich old-city, dinner in a downtown beer garden, excursion to Agroscope Research Station in Wädenswil with visit to labs and orchards followed by a BBQ dinner) to give the opportunity to the participants to socialize among each other and learn more about the different aspects of life in Switzerland .

We hope that you can join us in Zürich to share the current advances in fire blight research, connect with colleagues, and visit our beautiful country.


Download second announcement here !


For questions about Fire Blight 2013, please e-mail the conference organizers. No printed materials will be sent regarding the meeting. All information will be sent via e-mail.

NEW contact Information:

Fire Blight 2013
Fabio Rezzonico, meeting co-organizer
Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW)
8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)58 9345292
E-mail: fabio.rezzonico@zhaw.ch



Local Organising Committee:

Cesare Gessler (ETH Zürich), Brion Duffy, Fabio Rezzonico, Cosima Pelludat, Eduard Holliger (Swiss National Competence Center for Fire Blight), and Katja Gruber, Carole Enz, Markus Kellerhals (Agroscope Changins-Wädenswil)


Scientific Committee:

Fabio Rezzonico, Cesare Gessler, Brion Duffy, Virginia Stockwell, Antonet Svircev, Joanna Pulawska, Maria Lopez, Hatice Ozaktan, Tim Smith, Theo Smits, Ken Johnson.









Latest update:  28 January 2014

International Society for Horticultural Sciences

December 20than article about the Thirteenth ISHS Int’l Workshop on Fire Blight was published in Chronica Horticulturae !

November 4th
the deadline for submitting contribution to Acta Horticulturae has now expired!


September 2ndan article (in German) about the ISHS/ProfiCrops event was published from the Swiss Journal of Pomology and Viticulture (SZOW).


August 8thview and share photos now! Participants are encouraged to share personal pictures taken during the meeting. These can be uploaded and exchanged on flickr using the access data that have been e-mailed to you. If you have any questions please contact us


August 1st90 days until Acta manuscripts are due. Please send your manuscript to fabio.rezzonico@zhaw.ch as I have technical difficulties in accessing the fireblight2013 mailbox.


July 15th: all speakers are asked by ISHS to submit a short manuscript for publication in Acta Horticulturae .

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

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

In order to minimize post-submission editing, please write your manuscript following the ISHS guidelines of format.

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

NOTICE: in order to keep your registration fees low, our budget for this Acta allows for no more than 350 pages total. Thus, 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. 


July 5th: thanks to everybody for attending the meeting: they were really four great days of encounters and exciting scientific exchanges!

See you in 2016 in Girona (Spain) where the next meeting will be hosted by Emilio Montesinos and Maria Lopez. This will be held under the auspices of our new community organization: International Council on Fire Blight!



July 4th: the different sessions are inprogress. We hope that everybody was able to convey her/his message to the audience and that you were able to listen to your favourite speaker!



July 2nd: need assistance? Just contact the organizers! We are ready to do everything to make your stay in Zürich confortable, even sheltering you from the thunderstorm while you eat your dinner!

Who'll stop the rain?

...and we make it with a smile! :-)


June 28th: an updated version of the program is now available for you to download. 

Fire Blight 2013 program


June 24th: the abstract book of the Fire Blight 2013 Workshop is online. You will receive an hardcopy of it in your welcome bag at the registration desk, so please do not print it out entirely unless you really have to. For the most updated program please refer to the link above.

Abstract book


June 18th: the list of accepted posters titles is also available to download.

Posters Fire Blight 2013
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!).

To avoid embarassing situations as shown below,  do not print your poster in horizontal-landscape format.

 The format may be wrong, but is still useful to exercise your neck muscles! :-)  (-: