Listed alphabetically. Sessions are preliminary and subject to change.
Organizer: Forrest Nutter, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, U.S.A. Section: Ecology and Epidemiology Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Epidemiology; APS Foundation
The APS Epidemiology Committee, in conjunction with financial support from the APS Foundation and private industry, will be sponsoring the 14th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium to be held in Minneapolis, MN. This symposium, entitled “14th I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium: New Contributions to Epidemiology and Plant Health”, will feature four to five presentations highlighting graduate student research aimed at providing a better understanding of the epidemiology and management of plant diseases. Melhus participants will be competitively selected by a panel of expert judges. Selection is based on research significance and potential impacts within the field of plant disease epidemiology and the APS community.
Organizers: Jennifer Parke, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, U.S.A.; Niklaus Grunwald, USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Lab, Corvallis, OR, U.S.A.; Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University–LIHREC, Riverhead, NY, U.S.A. Section: Disease Control and Pest Management Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Diseases of Ornamental Plants; Food Safety Interest Group
Systems approaches are widely used in the food processing industry to reduce the risk of contamination by human pathogens. Recently, systems approaches have been applied to a broad spectrum of agricultural production systems to manage human pathogens and plant pathogens. In this session, which bridges food safety and plant pathology, experts will describe case studies and address challenges in analyzing hazards, identifying critical control points, implementing management strategies, and educating growers.
Organizers: Sead Sabanadzovic, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS, U.S.A.; John Hammond, USDA ARS FNPRU, Beltsville, MD, U.S.A. Section: Diseases of Plants Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Virology; Plant Pathogen and Disease Detection; Diseases of Ornamental Plants; Emerging Diseases and Pathogens Financial Sponsors: Agdia Inc., Bioreba, ANLA, APS/APHIS Working Group on Widely Prevalent Viruses
A number of new viruses/diseases have been recently reported from various economic crops. This session will address the emergence of new viruses in these crops and will discuss their possible origins (either by emergence from native vegetation or their introduction with imported planting material). The ultimate goal is to get a better understanding of where these new viruses are coming from in order to design and impose appropriate control and selection measures to maintain healthy crops.
Organizers: John Inguagiato, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, U.S.A.; Lee Miller, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, U.S.A.; Young-Ki Jo, Texas A&M, College Station, TX, U.S.A. Section: Disease Control and Pest Management Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Turfgrass Pathology Financial Sponsors: BASF Corporation, Bayer CropScience, Syngenta
Legislation restricting pesticide use on turfgrass has emerged on a limited scale in the United States. However, pesticide bans on turfgrass have been enacted throughout Canada. This session will focus on issues inspiring legislation and on challenges of managing turfgrass disease without the judicious use of pesticides. Canadian and U.S. industry leaders and scientists will share current management approaches and discuss future potential strategies for controlling turf disease without pesticides.
Organizers: Alejandra Huerta and Ana Cristina Fulladolsa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, U.S.A.; Elisha Allen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, U.S.A. Section: Professionalism/Outreach Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Graduate Student; Office of International Programs; Early Career Professionals
How is the 20% of the world population that lives in developed countries and consuming 86% of the world’s goods contributing to the scientific advancement of developing nations? This session will focus on current research and training capacity building activities that go beyond advancing scientific discovery to include education, training, learning, and dissemination of scientific knowledge on both ends.
Organizers: Cristi Palmer, IR-4, Princeton, NJ, U.S.A.; Mike Benson, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. Section: Diseases of Plants Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Diseases of Ornamental Plants; Emerging Diseases and Pathogens
This session will highlight the collaborative effort to study boxwood blight and how to manage this exotic disease. Soon after the pathogen was reported in the United States in 2011, a coalition among the green industry, scientists, and regulators endeavored to study the biology, epidemiology, control strategies, diagnostic tools, and populations to mitigate this highly destructive pathogen in production and in modern and historical landscapes.
Organizers: Matthew Kasson, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, U.S.A.; Randy Ploetz, University of Florida, Tropical Research & Education Center, Homestead, FL, U.S.A. Section: Diseases of Plants Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Forest Pathology; Regulatory Plant Pathology; Emerging Diseases and Pathogens; Mycology; Tropical Plant Pathology; Vector-Pathogen Complexes
Destructive tree diseases associated with ambrosia and bark beetles have appeared recently in the United States. They threaten native and commercial tree species and typically involve non-coevolved encounters between host trees, the beetles, and their associated phytopathogens. We refer to these developments as Black Swan events in that they are unpredictable and have extreme impacts on the landscape. The proposed speakers will address the significant threats that are posed by these diseases.
Organizers: Paul Lewis, EPA, Washington, DC, U.S.A.; Gregory Hodges, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. Section: Disease Control and Pest Management Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Regulatory Plant Pathology; Chemical Control; Industry; Public Policy Board
In 1996, Congress passed legislation for EPA to screen pesticides and drinking water contaminate chemicals for their potential to interact with the endocrine systems of humans and wildlife. This session will address the status of the EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and its relationship for plant disease control. Presenters will address the legislative history, background and status of the program, experience from industry, and future for plant disease control.
Organizer: Mohamed Khan, North Dakota State University & University of Minnesota, Fargo, ND, U.S.A. Section: Professionalism/Outreach Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Extension
This session will focus on the contributions of extension for 100 years and discuss strategies to maintain relevance for the future. Invited speakers will discuss the 100 years history of extension, analyze the evolving extension audience, and discuss how to make extension plant pathology relevant for the future for rural, urban, and suburban clienteles.
Organizer: Clayton Hollier, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A. Section: Ecology and Epidemiology Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Crop Loss Assessment and Risk Evaluation; Epidemiology; Integrated Plant Disease Management
Food security is a complex issue with multiple dimensions requiring interdisciplinary, multisectoral approaches to address. Each dimension may be threatened or assured by a number of factors, either acting in a transient or chronic manner. Plant pathogens affect production, imports, reserves, transport, and food quality. This session will explore all four dimensions and elaborate on the challenges faced as well as possible solutions.
Organizers: Zhi-Yuan Chen, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.; Hillary Mehl, Virginia Tech Tidewater AREC, Suffolk, VA, U.S.A.; Ramon Jaime, School of Plant Science, USDA-ARS, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A. Section: Biology of Pathogens Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Mycotoxicology; Host Resistance; Biological Control; Molecular and Cellular Phytopathology
Mycotoxins produced by many pathogens cause significant economical loss and are a major food and feed safety concern. The main focus of this session is to capture the latest research progresses/efforts in understanding how and why mycotoxins are being produced and in managing mycotoxin contamination of various crops through conventional and novel approaches.
Organizer: John Bowman, USAID, Rockville, MD, U.S.A. Section: Professionalism/Outreach Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Office of International Programs; Early Career Professionals; Extension; Regulatory Plant Pathology; Tropical Plant Pathology
This discussion session is designed to inform early career and established career scientists about the increase in research funding for cooperative international projects and fellowship experiences. Speakers will outline procedures to apply for research grants and discuss what constitutes a good, feasible, and potentially fundable project. The audience will be able to interact with speakers through a question/answer dialogue.
Organizers: Lindsay Triplett, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, U.S.A.; Evan Johnson, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL, U.S.A. Section: Biology of Pathogens Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Bacteriology; Widely Prevalent Bacterial Pathogens Financial Sponsor: Widely Prevalent Bacterial Pathogens
Some of the most important bacterial diseases are especially difficult to study, detect, and control. Insect transmission, long latency periods, and lack of chemical controls and natural genetic resistance can thwart efforts toward plant protection against diseases such as citrus greening, zebra chip, and Pierce’s disease. This session aims to highlight some of the innovative methods being developed toward the genetic and biological control of these pathogens.
Organizers: Dorith Rotenberg and Karen Alviar, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A.; Alma Laney, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, U.S.A. Section: Ecology and Epidemiology Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Vector-Pathogen Complexes; Virology Financial Sponsors: Agdia Inc., Monsanto Company
There are several examples in the literature that document the beneficial or mutual association between vectors and the pathogens they transmit to plant hosts. In this session, the presenters highlight the complex and dynamic ways vectored pathogens modulate plant and vector hosts to favor pathogen establishment and spread.
Organizer: Matthew Krause, BioWorks, Inc., Victor, NY, U.S.A. Section: Disease Control and Pest Management Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Biological Control; Soil Microbiology and Root Diseases; Industry; Regulatory Plant Pathology; Pathogen Resistance
Biopesticide use in plant disease management has grown steadily over the past 20 years. Still, many growers, crop consultants, and extension pathologists are reluctant to include registered biopesticides in integrated disease management programs. The goal of this session is to provide practical insights into the evolution of the U.S. biopesticide industry and the strengths, limitations, and real-world applications of registered biopesticides from academic, industry, and grower perspectives.
Organizer: Leah L. Granke, Hilliard, OH, U.S.A. Section: Disease Control and Pest Management Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Industry
This session provides a forum for highlighting new products and technologies available to those in the fields of agriculture and plant disease management.
Organizers: Gregory Tylka, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, U.S.A.; Vergel Concibido, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, MO, U.S.A. Section: Biology of Pathogens Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Nematology Financial Sponsors: Monsanto Company, Society of Nematologists
This session highlights the most recent results of scientists working in nematology research areas spanning a continuum from molecular biology, genetics, and genomics to automated phenotyping of host plants to remote sensing of patterns of nematodes and their damage to the connections among new technologies, climate change, and cropping systems. The session will culminate with a presentation by an innovative seed potato farmer whose enterprise epitomizes the “Connecting Molecules to Management” theme.
Organizers: Lawrence Datnoff, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.; David Rosenberger, Cornell University, Geneva, NY, U.S.A. Section: Professionalism/Outreach Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Divisional Forum
This session is designed to showcase the top graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) from each of the six APS division meetings. The chosen speakers will give a presentation of their research that won them top honors at their respective division meeting. Speakers are allowed 15 minutes for their presentations, and this includes time for questions. This session will highlight some of the top students in the field of plant pathology and broaden the engagement and visibility of APS divisions.
Organizers: Satyanarayana Tatineni, USDA-ARS, Lincoln, NE, U.S.A.; Alexander Karasev, Department of PSES, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, U.S.A. Section: Molecular/Cellular/Plant-Microbe Interactions Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Virology
The family Potyviridae comprises ~30% of all known plant viruses and affects economically important food crops worldwide. In recent years, rapid progress has been made in defining potyviral gene functions, identifying potyviral determinants responsible for overcoming host resistance, and understanding mechanisms of resistance to potyviruses. These studies will potentially aid in identifying key steps in pathosystems for the development of new disease prevention and mitigation strategies.
Organizers: Lance Cadle-Davidson, USDA-ARS, Geneva, NY, U.S.A.; Nicole Donofrio, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, U.S.A. Section: Molecular/Cellular/Plant-Microbe Interactions Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, Molecular and Cellular Phytopathology
GBS is a low-cost, high-resolution DNA marker technology that exemplifies the big data revolution. Following up on a 2013 GBS methods workshop with 100 attendees, this session will highlight success stories in the application of GBS in diverse pathosystems and speakers will discuss some of the challenges of adapting GBS to their study system. A key component will be a panel discussion, providing attendees the opportunity to have their questions and ideas directly addressed.
Organizers: Christopher Wallis, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA, U.S.A.; Kimberly Cochran, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, U.S.A. Section: Biology of Pathogens Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Early Career Professionals; Virology
Each year, the Schroth Faces of the Future recognizes early career professionals (those within 10 years of graduating) who are up-and-comers within their field of study. The field of study rotates each year, with this year hosting up-and-comers in the field of plant virology.
Organizers: Ashok Chanda, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA, U.S.A.; Burton Bluhm and Robert Hirsch, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, U.S.A. Section: Molecular/Cellular/Plant-Microbe Interactions Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Molecular and Cellular Phytopathology
Dothideomycete fungal pathogens infect many crops, but genetic regulation of virulence remains poorly understood. Recent advances in genetic analysis and functional genomics, combined with an elucidation of the biological parameters underlying host-pathogen interactions, have uncovered novel mechanisms of pathogenesis. This session will address key questions in fungal biology and genetics that provide fresh perspectives on fundamental processes governing the host recognition and pathogen virulence.
Organizers: Erika Saalau Rojas, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, U.S.A.; Jose Pablo Soto Arias, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, U.S.A. Section: Professionalism/Outreach Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Integrated Plant Disease Management; Turfgrass Pathology
In recent years, online tools and mobile apps have become essential in delivering plant disease identification and management strategies in extension, education, and research settings. But what do you need to know to create an app? This session will focus on potential uses of apps in an IPDM program and highlight apps currently available.