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 January 2021

Our planning team are regularly reviewing the best option for the upcoming IOBC-WPRS PR-IR 2021 Priming the Future for Healthy Plants conference, which was scheduled to take place at the University of Sheffield in September 2021. 

As the circumstances continue to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to get your input on how best to proceed with our conference planning. 

Please follow the link below to answer our one question survey on when you would like to see this event take place. The link will be live until Monday 8th February. 

If you have any questions please contact

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

Monday 4th - Thursday 7th April 2022

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.

Full conference programme

Event registration and tickets

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