Dear Colleagues,

The past two decades have seen tremendous advances in the fields of plant virus epidemiology and control through use of conventional and modern techniques significantly contributing to the effective management of numerous virus diseases. At the same time several unknown viruses have emerged in new niches and several established viruses have become resurgent, greatly affecting the productivity of crops. This context provides a background to the theme ‘Controlling Epidemics of Emerging and Established Plant Virus Diseases - the Way Forward' for the 10 th IPVE symposium, which will be held from 15 – 19 October 2007 at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (IPVE), situated in Hyderabad, India. This is the first IPVE meeting to be held in the Asian continent.

The 10th IPVE symposium will provide a forum of experts for exchange of information on the causes of virus epidemics, with a principal focus on virus disease control. We invite you to take part in the symposium and present your latest research results. It is a great opportunity particularly for young scientists and students to meet and interact with eminent virologists from across the globe.

We encourage you to register in advance to avail yourselves of concessional rates. In addition to learning and networking, we plan interesting field and city trips which include a little fun and recreation for the delegates and accompanies. A list of social activities will include, the opening ceremony and welcome reception, pre- and post-symposium tours, field visits, accompanying persons activities and excursions.

The IPVE campus is situated in the suburban Hyderabad and is a serene place of 1394 hectares filled with beautiful landscapes, and pastoral environment and comfortable buildings, gardens, pathways, lakes, swimming pool and sports facilities. Hyderabad, nicknamed the ‘Pearl City', is one of the most fascinating cities of India, with a 400 year old heritage. It is the hub of India's fast growing IT industry, including Microsoft TM , and high class educational and research centers. The city has several tourist attractions, and traditional and modern shopping malls. Moreover, the city is ideally located to explore other tourist attractions in India.

Mark your calendar now for 15–19 October 2007, and plan to join colleagues from around the world. You can pre-register on-line to receive further updates on the meeting.

We look forward to welcoming you

Yours sincerely

IPVE Organizing Committee