Engage in facilitated conversations that explore questions/issues of regulatory, policy, research, extension, and education in plant pathology as we explore all points of view.   

Biologicals and Biological Control: The next-generation of plant health products?

Monday, August 1 from 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

There is currently great interest in biological-based products to improve plant health in agriculture, but this is not new.  Interest in and research on biologicals in plant health and disease control was high in the 1970s, when Baker and Cook’s “Biological Control of Plant Pathogens’ was published.  Since then, biological products have come and gone, and today they remain a relatively small component of the overall plant health tool box. Many practitioners remain skeptical of biological products.  What has changed and why do we have reason to believe that biological-based products will become more important in the future of plant health?

Moderator:  Linda Kinkel, Professor, University of Minnesota

  • Biologicals in Agriculture: Discovering and Testing at Scale: Scott Schaecher, Data Strategy Lead, Biotechnology, Monsanto
  • Biologicals: Past, Present and Future: David Weller, Research Leader, Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit, USDA-ARS


Changing Regulations in the Face of Changing Technology

Tuesday, August 2 from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Regulation in agricultural research and practice is commonplace. However, despite significant advances in biotechnology, the regulations governing genetically engineered plants and plant pests/pathogens have not changed over the past 29 years. Likewise, regulations concerning select agents have not changed since their inception in 2002. Rules governing both of these groups of organisms are being reevaluated and revisions will appear in 2016. This session will address issues and potential changes surrounding these groups of organisms, as well as examining the regulatory environment for crop protection products.

Moderator: David Ouimette, Dow AgroSciences

  • USDA’s Current Thinking on Regulatory Revisions for Biotech Plants and Plant Pathogens presented by Mike Firko, Deputy Administrator, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, USDA-APHIS
  • Perspective and Update on the US Crop Protection Regulatory Landscape presented by Bruce Houtman, U.S. Crop Protection Regulatory Group, Dow AgroSciences
  • Agriculture Select Agent Services Progress through Change  presented by Chuck Divan, Unit Director, Agriculture Select Agent Services, USDA-APHIS


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