The APSnet Education Center has been a major outreach and publication education initiative since its opening in the year 2000. The Center is supported by the American Phytopathological Society, the Mathre Education Endowment of the APS Foundation, and contributions from individuals and corporations and is completely free and open access. We are grateful for this continuing support and acknowledge our supporters. Information about how you can contribute is available at our Supporters site.
The Editorial Board includes nine senior editors who conduct reviews of publications using anonymous reviewers in the same way that research papers are reviewed. Editors review publications according to their technical expertise as well as pedagogical interests, such as K-12 teacher outreach, introductory materials, advanced materials, and instructor scholarship. An ongoing effort is to translate materials into Spanish and other languages.
The APSnet Education Center includes peer-reviewed publications, which constitute the online journal, The Plant Health Instructor, as well as additional resources for plant pathology education. Resources for a broad range of educational activities are available, including outreach to K-12 teachers, materials for introductory and advanced plant pathology students, and teaching notes and articles.
Publication in The Plant Health Instructor is an opportunity for all plant pathologists to contribute to the education of future plant pathologists around the world, whether or not they do actual classroom teaching. The site can also reach students in biology and microbiology courses offering them access to our science and making them aware of opportunities in plant pathology. It provides authors the academic recognition for creative instructional materials that has previously been reserved for research publications. It also is a place to stay current in a quickly evolving science by reading materials in the advanced section and the instructor section. Look for the red "updated" indicator near the citation that assures you that materials are accurate and up to date. Because the materials are free and easy to access and find on the Internet, The Plant Health Instructor and the APSnet Education Center is a perfect venue to satisfy the outreach component of public grant funding.
Please feel free to browse to get a feel for the breadth and depth of the APSnet Education Center.