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The symposium’s topic is plant diseases that attack plants above-ground, but also have a soil-borne stage to their life cycle. This theme commemorates our joint meeting of the American Phytopathological Society and the Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens. How to go about studying the biology and management of such diseases is told by invited speakers from across Western North America:
We will visit Cornelius and Forest Grove (see map below). This is an agriculturally diverse area with ornamental nurseries, wine grape vineyards, hazelnut orchards, and berries. Stops and exciting diseases will include:
Hazelnuts- This unique crop grows primarily in Oregon (98% of the US supply) and has an invasive canker disease called eastern filbert blight. The fungus, Anisogramma anomola, is endemic to eastern North America, but became a major threat to hazelnut production in the PNW. OSU research investigated its life cycle and came up with control tactics that help extend orchard life until resistant cultivars could be developed. See a successful hazelnut operation battle this unique canker disease and start new resistant orchards.
Diversified small fruits– This stop while highlight small fruits (raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry), all crops important to the agriculture economy of Oregon. Potential disease encounters will include charcoal rot, Botrytis fruit rot, and phytopthora root rot.
Ornamentals- We will be visiting either a nursery specializing in perennials and annuals or one specializing in trees and shrubs. Both are wholesale nurseries with 50 or more different plant species and cultivars, so there is always the chance of finding something new and unexpected! Potential nursery diseases we will encounter include: Verticillium wilt; Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Phytophthora, or Pythium root rot; Pseudomonas or Botrytis blight on Peony; various ringspot or mosaic virus diseases; and shothole disease of cherry laurel.
Plant Pathology graduate students were awarded for their outstanding presentations at APS and CSPP meetings in 2017. From across all APS divisions, we feature their research.
This is an APS career-development program for students. This workshop will be led by Chris Wallis (USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Parlier, CA), who has been part of this workshop for the past five years and is devoted to student-outreach programs that reach highschool, undergraduate, and graduate students from a diverse range of backgrounds. Students will learn tips for improving and enhancing scientific presentations, and for developing and honing soft skills during graduate school and later on during postdoc projects. Following the workshop presentations, you will have the opportunity to review mock slides and practice presentation materials. Come join us to learn, ask questions, and network with other inspired West Coast plant pathologists.
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