Hot Topic: Everything You Need to Know about CRISPRs
Organizer/Moderator: Shaun Curtin, USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory
The development of the CRISPR/Cas9 reagent has been an important break-through discovery in the field of genome engineering. It has allowed the researcher with minimal molecular biology specialization to perform targeted mutagenesis and gene editing on any plant or pathogen host amenable to transformation. These developments will undoubtedly benefit future plant pathology research as recent reports of engineered pathogen resistant plants have indicated. In this session we hope to encourage both APS early-career scientists and established researchers to initiate their own genome engineering project by demonstrating the ease of use and remarkable efficiency of the CRISPR/Cas9 reagent.
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Hot Topic: Pest Permitting in the Phytobiome Age
Organizer: Mary E. Palm, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceModerator: Kathryn Kromroy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Research on the phytobiome and tools developed as a result of that research often intersect with federal and state pest permitting requirements. In this interactive session you will find out when you need to apply for a pest permit and hear from researchers with experience in the connection between phytobiome research and pest permitting. Just as importantly, you can contribute to the discussion about future permitting challenges so that all parties have communicated and are prepared when those needs arise. This is a unique opportunity to identify challenges and consider solutions proactively.
Hot Topic: The Future of Florida Citrus
Organizer: Mary E. Palm, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceModerator: Laurene Levy, USDA APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine
Citrus diseases and pests have led at least 40% higher grower production costs in Florida. Huanglongbing (HLB, citrus greening) poses a particular threat because there is no cure, sufficient resistant or tolerant rootstock is not yet commercially available, and costs of managing the psyllid vector are high. What will the Florida citrus industry look like in the next 5-10 years? What steps are necessary for the industry to survive? Come listen to perspectives from researchers and industry “in the trenches” and join in the discussion.
Hot Topic: Intro to Phytobiome Competitive Grants
Organizers: JP Dundore-Arias, University of Minnesota and APS-PPB Early Career Intern; Steve Lindow, University of California-Berkeley; Linda Kinkel, University of MinnesotaModerator: JP Dundore-Arias, University of Minnesota and APS-PPB Early Career Intern
The Phytobiome Initiative has captured major scientific interest among APS members and spawned a rapidly growing community of scientists interested in incorporating phytobiome-based knowledge and approaches into their own research. However, new phytobiome researchers can have trouble securing funding to support their research. This session has the goal to inform APS early-career scientists and established researchers about agencies and funding programs that welcome phytobiome related proposals, and to provide insights into strategies for developing competitive grant proposals from the perspectives of experienced grant review panelists and National Program Directors.
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