Luiza Teixeira-Costa

Conference: Parasitic Flowering Plants in Forests

Dear members of the IPPS,

In addition to our conference in Kenya this summer, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations ( is organizing a parasitic plant session during the 2022 meeting of its Forest Health, Pathology and Entomology work group. The conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 6 to 9 September 2022 (Tuesday to Friday), with a one-day field visit during the meeting (plus an optional post-congress tour).

Parasitic flowering plants are considered to be keystone components of natural and urban forests due to their impact in ecological processes, as well as in management and conservation of forest productivity and biodiversity. Thus, our session focusing on parasitic plants in forests will cover the a wide range of topics: from the biology and conservation of gigantic-flowered Rafflesiaceae, to the ecology of mistletoes and management of unbalanced host-parasite relationships. The latter plant group will be the focus of this session, thus we also anticipate contributions on the anatomy and physiology of mistletoes.

Early registration ends April 30 and you save euro $150 by registering early. Abstract submission deadline is 30 May 2022.

The Forest Research Centre (CEF) of the School of Agriculture (ISA), University of Lisbon, will host the conference, in collaboration with Abreu Events. The conference venue is the PT Meeting Center, Lisbon, at Parque das Nações, an attractive area with modern architecture near the Tagus river, in the eastern part of Lisbon, which was designed for hosting the Expo 98 world fair. It is located 4 km from the airport, and about 25 minutes by metro from city center.

The meeting is open to all researchers working on all aspects related to tree health, forest health, forest pathology and forest entomology. On behalf of IUFRO and the organizers, we would like to invite you to come to Lisbon, participate in the conference, and share the results of your research. You are invited to present and discuss the latest research and technological advances that may contribute to find effective and sustainable solutions to deal with forest health challenges of a changing environment. The conference will provide an opportunity for exchanging information and ideas, as well as strengthening common research and collaboration and stimulating new interactions among the participants.

English will be the official language of the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you in Lisbon!