2017 APS Annual Meeting Hot Topics
Highs and Lows of Cannabis Pathology
Monday, August 7 • 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Organizer: Janna Beckerman, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
It’s definitely a hot topic. Get the latest information about diseases of Cannabis as well as the challenges associated with serving this growing industry.
Science as Story and Story as Science: Telling Plant Pathology Research Stories
Monday, August 7 • 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Organizers: Jim Bradeen and Dylan VanBoxtel, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.
As scientists, educators, and communicators we have all heard the adage “we should be telling our story and educating people about science”. But for some, storytelling (especially when it is about our research) seems daunting. Who is the audience?
How can I make my science accessible without ‘dumbing it down’? How can I get my message out there? Come to this session to learn what research tells us about how to craft narratives to increase comprehension, interest, and engagement. You will
learn about and work with one framework for translating plant pathology research into stories for nonexpert audiences. You will walk away from this session with quick and easy ideas about how you can tell effective plant pathology research stories
that align with your personal brand.
Next Generation of Plant Pathologists Exploiting Sequencing Strategies to Further our Understanding of Plant Virus-insect Vector Interactions
Tuesday, August 8 • 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Organizer: Ismael E. Badillo-Vargas, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Weslaco, TX, U.S.A
Moderators: Ismael E. Badillo-Vargas, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Weslaco, TX, U.S.A.; Derek Schneweis, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A
More than 250 plant-infecting viruses known to date are transmitted from plant-to-plant by insect vectors. The least common modes of transmission among these vector-borne plant-infecting viruses are the persistent-circulative and persistent-propagative;
both of which involve the internalization and dissemination of virus particles inside the insect’s body for transmission to occur. Currently, sequencing strategies are being exploited to understand the interactions between plant-infecting viruses
with their insect vectors to not only further our knowledge of these complex interactions but also devise novel control strategies to deter the population increase of these little foes and transmission of these ugly, microscopic pathogens to increase
good plant health and production. In this session, we will hear from four early career professionals on how they are tackling different problems within this hot topic in plant pathology and insect vector biology.
Navigating Contentious Conversation
Tuesday, August 8 • 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Organizers: Paul Vincelli, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Lessons learned from experienced plant pathologists about engaging the public in controversial issues.
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