Priming the future for healthy plants

The Institute for Sustainable food hosts IOBC-WPRS PR-IR 2021: Priming the Future for Healthy Plants



Coronavirus update December 2020

The planning team are now meeting regularly to organise the 2021 conference. Please check back on this page for updates and do email if you have any queries.

We will be in touch with speakers and attendees early in 2021 with updates.

Coronavirus update March 2020

The IOBC-WPRS PR-IR: Priming the Future for Healthy Plants, which was due to take place from 14-17th September 2020, has officially been postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. Our top priority is always the health and safety of students, staff and those who make up our wider community across the globe.

With this in mind, the conference will now take place from Monday 6th - Thursday 9th September 2021. If you have already registered at our super early bird prices your current booking can be directly transferred to these new dates and you don't need to do anything. If however, you can no longer make the new dates and would like a refund please contact and this will be arranged. 

We hope you understand our decision and that you can join us in 2021.

The Institute for Sustainable food hosts IOBC-WPRS PR-IR 2021: Priming the Future for Healthy Plants

Monday 6th - Thursday 9th September 2021

About the conference

We are pleased to announce the return of the PR-IR meeting, organised on behalf of the ‘Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases’ working group of the International Organisation for Biological Control. 2020 has been declared “International Year of Plant Health” by the United Nations and this meeting celebrates this significant recognition of the importance of plant health within sustainable agriculture.

IOBC PR-IR meetings provide a specialist forum for researchers on plant responses to microbial pathogens and invertebrate herbivores to exchange information and discuss the latest ideas on induced resistance. The focus will be on fundamental science, but with a view to the potential to exploit new understanding for crop protection. The meeting will cover a broad range of topics, from the mechanisms for initial perception of pests and pathogens and signalling pathways for induced resistance, to the ways in which multitrophic interactions with microbiomes and natural enemies influence the relationships between plants and their pests and pathogens. In addition to a range of invited expert speakers there will be opportunities for delegates to present talks and posters.

Scientific Organisers


The Edge, Endcliffe Village, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield, S10 3ED


The official conference language is English.


Plant Disease Phenotyping

Perception and signalling

Transcriptional control

Cell wall immunity

Epigenetic regulation

Role of soil microbiome in plant immunity

Tri-trophic interactions

Past, present and future of induced resistance research.

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