On behalf of the International Parasitic Plant Society (IPPS), it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 17th World Congress on Parasitic Plants (WCPP17), which will be held 3-7 June, 2024 in Nara, Japan. The WCPPs are a series of biennial meetings with a long tradition that started in Malta in 1973, providing opportunities to exchange information and discuss new discoveries among experts of parasitic plants. WCPP17 will cover a wide range of topics of parasitic plants research, including strigolactone biology, molecular mechanisms, genome evolution and management technologies. The scientific program will include cutting edge research and exciting reports on various aspects of plant parasitism on a range of different plant species, presented as oral presentations or posters. The program will also include social events, such as visiting the ancient city of Nara and enjoying Japanese cuisine. We are looking forward to meeting researchers from all over the world and exciting discussion.
Local organizing committee
Satoko Yoshida, Atsushi Okazawa, Kaori Yoneyama, Tadao Asami, Yukihiro Sugimoto, Koichi Yoneyama, Ken Shirasu, Koh Aoki, Takahito Nomura, Yuichiro Tsuchiya, Yoshiya Seto, Shinsaku Ito, Hidemitsu Nakamura, Xiaonan Xie, Shoko Inaba, Mina Ohtsu
Nara, the first capital of Japan from 710 to 784, is home to numerous historical shrines and temples containing national treasures. Nara has three UNESCO World Heritage sites registered in 1998 and the central Nara city is listed as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” that includes eight individual cultural assets. The congress will take place at Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA (http://www.i-ra-ka.jp/en/) located in the center of Nara National Park, known for its stunning beauty and friendly population over a thousand tame deer. Todaiji temple, Kofukuji temple and Kasuga Taisha shrine are walking distance from the forum. The main hall of WCPP17 will be a Noh theatre made for traditional Japanese dance-drama performance. The forum features a reception hall for lunch and dinners as well as poster sessions. Various ranges of hotel options are available in the Nara area for your accommodations during the congress.