Workshop on Molecular Diagnostic Methodologies of Rice Pathogenic Bacteria

30 April, 2014 by (comments)

Evaluating the phytosanitary quality of rice seeds subject to importation and exportation is one of the biggest challenges faced by plant protection departments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Restrictions on transboundary movement of rice seeds, due to possible contamination with pathogens, make necessary the implementation of suitable laboratory tests to avoid relying exclusively on field inspections.

As the list of regulated microbial agents continues to increase, it is critical for staff involved in molecular diagnostic laboratory tests to keep up to date with the latest methodologies.

In response to that need, CIAT convenes a workshop on “Molecular Diagnostic Methodologies of Rice Seedborne Pathogenic Bacteria,” aimed to provide updated information for evaluating the main pathogenic bacteria associated with rice (Burkholderia glumae, Pseudomonas fuscovaginae ,  Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, and Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola), taking into account methodologies developed in recent years by international researchers at Colorado State University, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Charles Sturt University, and CIAT.

Main topics

  • Relevance of plant health certification labs in the exchange of agricultural products at a global level
  • State-of-the-art technologies for the diagnosis of X. oryzae pv. oryzae, X. oryzae pv. oryzicola, and P. fuscovaginae
  • Genome analysis for developing molecular-based tools for the diagnosis of plant pathogenic bacteria
  • Lab methodologies for isolation and identification of B. glumae
  • Advances in the development of new molecular-based tools for the diagnosis of B. glumae
  • Disease symptoms caused by B. glumae in rice under field conditions (field trip).

Also, participants will be provided with information about symptoms developed by B. glumae in rice seeds under field and greenhouse conditions. B. glumae has shown a fast-paced spread among tropical countries and is considered a major limiting factor for rice production in LAC today.

Place and date: CIAT headquarters in Palmira, Colombia, from 28 to 31 July 2014.

Registration: Those interested in participating in this workshop must go to and fill out the survey before 16 May 2014.  The selected participants will be notified in a timely manner.

Contact: Beatriz Ocampo (

More information

Tagged With: , , , ,
Filed Under: Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Rice @en