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Working group 1: Early detection and diagnostics


Dr. Bojan Duduk (Republic of Serbia)
Dr. Jana Franova (Czech Republic)

WG1 members (pdf file, please click to download)



WG1 school on Methodologies to improve phytoplasma DNA extraction from plants and insects

15- 18 July 2013, Biologické centrum AV ČR v.v.i., České Budějovice, Czech Republic

bullet Click here for the program and registration form

bullet New: Report of the WG1 School České Budějovice



WG1 School on phytoplasma DNA extraction from plants and insects

3-7 September 2012, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey

bullet Click here for the final program

bullet Click here for the report of this WG1 school


WG1-WG4: Schools on bioinformatical analyses of phytoplasma sequences

5-8 July, 2011, Vilnius, Lithuania

October 31-November 3, 2011, Belgrade Serbia

Download lessons and lectures given by Trainers: Bojan Duduk, Xavier Foissac, Michael Kube, Assunta Bertaccini, Vincent Robert and Gianluigi Cardinali

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Report of the WG1 Core Group meeting, Belgrade, Serbia, 29th - 30th October 2010
("Planning 2011, activity of WG1 and verifying possibility of screening phytoplasma strain collection by next generation sequencing techniques”)
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Abstracts of workshop on Phytoplasma classification, Friday July 16th, 2010, Chianciano Terme – Siena - Italy (click to download pdf)

Pictures of the workshop, click here for the photo gallery


Tasks of Working Group 1 "Early detection and diagnosis" :

Task 1: Develop a database of available collections of phytoplasma strains and DNA collections in the EU

Task 2: Identify suitable marker genes for differentiation at species and sub-species level forming the basis of new diagnostic protocols

Task 3: Apply the above mentioned collections and methods to study pathogen diversity throughout EU and neighbouring countries

Task 4: Develop new detection protocols for selected phytoplasmas and optimize and validate these and existing protocols

Task 5: Standardise protocols based on results from the above tasks evaluated and validated in ringtests among laboratories


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