Dr. G.P. Rao is a Principal Scientist in Plant Pathology at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has 30 years of research experience in the field of plant pathology, especially sugarcane diseases, cereal viruses, and phytoplasmas. He has published over 135 research papers and authored or edited 20 books. He also guided MSc and PhD students on different aspects of plant pathology. He is Editor-in-Chief of Phytopathogenic Mollicutes and has received several national and international and awards. He has visited 30 countries for invited talk, postdoc fellowships, research training, panel discussions and for workshops and conferences.
Dr. Assunta Bertaccini is a Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Bologna, Italy. In more than 40 years of research, her major studies were devoted to plant diseases associated with phytoplasmas and bacteria, focusing on their biology and epidemiology. She was an invited speaker at national and international meetings and seminars around the globe. She has received numerous awards, including the Emmy Klienenberger-Nobel Award for distinguished research in mycoplasmology. She is the author of 800 publications, Editor-in-Chief of Phytopathogenic Mollicutes, Senior Editor of Phytopathologia Mediterranea, and founded and heads the International Phytoplasmologist Working Group (IPWG).
Dr. Phyllis Gail Weintraub is Research Scientist in Entomology at Gilat Research Center, Nagev, Israel. Her research focuses primarily on applied and field research in non-chemical pest control (physical and biological) in greenhouses, and identification and characterization of phytoplasmas and their insect vectors. She has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings and seminars and is the author or coauthor of 160 publications, including books and book chapters. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Science, and serves as a reviewer for numerous international scientific journals.
Dr. Nicola Mori is a Professor of General and Applied Entomology at the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padova, Italy. His research focuses primarily on the epidemiology and transmission of phytopathogenic agents and integrated pest management. He is a consultant and adviser to the Phytosanitary Italian Service on phytoplasmas insect vector control and the side effects of chemical control on agricultural ecosystems, Author of more than 50 publications, he is a reviewer for more than 10 international journals listed in WOS/SCOPUS databases, as well as for national and international institutions.