7th Xanthomonas Genomics Conference 2022

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7XGC Program

The 7th Xanthomonas Genomics Conference is quickly approaching!

The 7XGC organizing committee would like to extend an invitation to all conference attendees to purchase guest passes for family who may be traveling with you to attend the conference dinner on Wednesday June 15th at the Sheraton resort outside (weather permitting) by the beach.

Adult tickets: $79.95 usd

Children 5-12 years old: $39.98 usd

Reservations must be received by June 6th, 2022. 

Please email your full name and the number and ticket type (adult/child) of extra tickets you will purchase to Erica W Carter at ewcarter@ufl.edu

See you in Clearwater!

7XGC Organizing Committee

The theme of the conference is: sequence, mechanism, application. The conference will focus on genomics, diagnostics, epidemiology, virulence mechanism, plant defense, and disease control of members of the genus Xanthomonas and Xylella.

Upcoming Deadlines

Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission:
December 15, 2021 - March 15, 2022

General Registration and Abstract Submission:
March 16, 2022 - May 1, 2022

Late Registration and Abstract Submission:
May 2, 2022 - May 15, 2022


On-site registration will be available for purchase by money order only at the late-fee rates.

All requested registration cancelations must be submitted to ewcarter@ufl.edu by Friday May 20th 2022.

All Eventbrite fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be available after May 20th 2022.  


Travel Information

CDC COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

Airport: Tampa International Airport

Local transportation: Taxi, shuttle (reserve using Jayride.com). If you have questions related to local transportation, please contact Jinyun Li at jinyunli@ufl.edu

VISA information: (Please apply for a visa if necessary. Visitor Visa is normally required. Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).

Request invitation letter: Please contact Erica Watson Carter at ewcarter@ufl.edu

7th Xanthomonas Genomics Conference Florida 2022
June 13th-17th, 2022 at the SHERATON SAND KEY RESORT
1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, USA

Hotel Link: Sheraton Sand Key Resort


Thursday field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit organization and aquarium in Clearwater, FL. It is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick and injured marine animals, public education, conservation, and research.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium opened in 1972 at its current location on Clearwater, FL, in a former water treatment plant (the large pools being well-suited for rehabilitation operations).

Numerous forms of marine life are permanent residents at the aquarium, all of which have serious injuries that prevent their return to the wild.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Jolly Trolly will pickup attendees who wish to join the field trip and charter them through Clearwater beach in an open air trolly to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium after the Thursday morning meeting. Attendees can explore and enjoy the aquarium for the afternoon and the Jolly Trolly can take you back to the hotel. 

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Scientific Program

The conference will comprise eight 2-hour sessions, plus two late-afternoon poster sessions. The conference will have the following sessions:

Session 1: Genomics
Speakers: Joao Setubal, Prabhu Patil, Alvaro Pérez, and three selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Session 2: Diagnostics and Epidemiology
Speakers: Leonardo de la Fuente and three selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Session 3: Pathogenicity mechanisms and regulation
Speakers: Jonathan Jacobs and three selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Session 4: Type III effector proteins
Speakers: Ulla Bonas, Sebastian Cunnac, and two selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Session 5: Protein secretion systems
Speakers: Cristina Eliza Alvarez Martinez, and three selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Session 6: Disease control
Speakers: Bing Yang, Caroline Roper, and two selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Session 7: Plant immunity
Speakers: Jianmin Zhou, Brian Staskawicz, Libo Shan, and two selected speakers including student/postdoc speakers

Roundtable discussion:
Challenges and opportunities, priorities for community-based efforts

Open block:
Informal interactions, recreation, and small group breakout meetings


June 13, 2022, Monday: check-in

June 14, 2022, Tuesday: whole day meeting (lunch provided), poster section, and reception in the evening

June 15, 2022, Wednesday: whole day meeting (lunch provided), poster section, and conference dinner

June 16, 2022, Thursday: Morning: meeting. Afternoon: visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium

June 17, 2022, Friday: meeting before noon. Afternoon, meeting adjourn.


Confirmed Speakers

Name Affiliation Expertise
Ulla Bonas Martin Luther University, Germany Type III secretion; AvrBs3 and related effector functions; plant disease resistance mechanisms
Sebastian Cunnac Montpellier University, France Virulence mechanism, TAL effectors
Leonardo de la Fuente  Auburn University, Alabama, USA Diagnostics, epidemiology, and virulence mechanisms of Xylella,
Jonathan Jacobs Ohio State University, USA Biological and evolutionary basis for microbial colonization of plants
Cristina Eliza Alvarez Martinez University of São Paulo, Brazil Type VI secretion system and gene regulation
Prabhu Patil Institute of Microbial Technology Bacterial genetics, genomics and evolution
Alvaro Pérez Colorado State University, USA Genomics
Caroline Roper UC Riverside, USA Virulence mechanisms of Xylella and disease management
Joao Setubal University of São Paulo, Brazil Genomics, evolution
Libo Shan Texas A&M University, USA Plant immunity
Brian Staskawicz University of California, Berkeley, USA Plant immunity, type III effectors
Bing Yang University of Missouri Columbia, USA Function of transcription activator like effectors of X. oryzae and targets in rice; disease management via genome editing
Jianmin Zhou Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Type III effectors, plant immunity
Adam  Bogdanove Cornell University, USA Virulence mechanism, TAL effectors 
Jan Leach Colorado State University, USA Plant immunity 
Ralf Koebnik Plant Health Institute of Montpellier, Marseille, France Genomics 
Shaker Chuck Farah Universidade de São Paulo Virulence mechanism, type IV secretion system, Bacterial Signaling, Structural Biology 

Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Jan Leach, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Dr. Adam J. Bogdanove, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
Dr. Ralf Koebnik, Research Institute for Development, Montpellier, France
Dr. GongyouChen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
Dr. Chuck Shaker Farah, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Dr. Jaime Cubero, National Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Technology | INIA, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Seiji Tsuge, Kyoto Prefectural University, Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Alessandra Alves de Souza, Centro APTA Citros'Sylvio Moreira' –IAC, Cordeirópolis, SP, Brasil
Dr. Subhadeep Chatterjee, Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics, Nampally, Hyderabad, India

Immediate past organizer: Prof. Dr. Ulla Bonas

Organization Committee

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Nian Wang, University of Florida
Committee members:
Dr. Jeffrey Jones, University of Florida
Dr. Frank White, University of Florida
Dr. James H Graham, University of Florida
Dr. Gary Vallad, University of Florida
Dr. Erica Goss, University of Florida
Dr. Evan Johnson, University of Florida
Dr. Neha Potnis, Auburn University
Dr. JinyunLi, University of Florida
Erica Watson Carter, University of Florida