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Abstract Submission Fee: Per presentation $55.00 US Dollars
Methods of Payment: Credit card only.

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  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Last Name / Surname
  • Telephone
  • E-mail Address
  • Affiliation (company/institution name, city, state or province, country – no street addresses are required.)
  • One author must be designated as the presenter.
  • Any additional author(s) must be designated as corresponding author(s).
  • To add an author complete the fields for contact information then click ‘Enter/Add Presenter/Authors’. Do this for each presenter and author. When finished click on ‘Continue’.
  • E-mail confirmations are sent only to presenting authora.
  • B. Type of presentation (select oral, poster or either)

    Specifying a preference between oral and poster presentation type does not guarantee placement in that area.

    Oral—Limited to no individual may be presenter of more than one.

    • There is a limit of one (1) oral presentation per submitter or presenter.
    • Oral presentations are allocated 15 minutes (10 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for discussion).
    • Presentation date and time will be announced at a later date.
    • All oral presenters are invited to submit their PowerPoint presentation files for inclusion on the meeting proceedings CD-Rom. The CD-Rom will be available after the meeting. All potential contributors will be contacted by e-mail with additional information.

    Poster—Open to all for submission.

    • There is no limit on the number of poster presentations that may be submitted.
    • Poster presenters are required to be present at their poster during certain time frames throughout the meeting (to be announced).
    • All poster presenters are invited to submit their PowerPoint presentation files for inclusion on the meeting proceedings CD-Rom. The CD-Rom will be available after the meeting. All potential contributors will be contacted by e-mail with additional information.

    Either Oral or Poster—

    • Presentation type will be decided by the Program Committee.

    C. Presentation title

    Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns, (e.g., Effect of pesticides on recovery of Didymella bryoniae from cucurbit vines). The title is limited to 150 characters including spaces. (Approximately 30 word count.) Registered names and trademarks are not permitted in title.

    D. Presentation categories

    (select select a Primary and associated Secondary category from this list that best relates to your presentation)

    • Biology of Plant Pathogens: Bacteria - Systematics/Evolution/Ecology; Fungi - Systematics/Evolution/Ecology; Nematodes - Systematics/Evolution/Ecology; Postharvest Pathology and Mycotoxicology; Phytoplasmas/Spiroplasmas/Fastidious Prokaryotes; Viruses - Systematics/Evolution/Ecology
    • Diseases of Plants: Crop Loss Assessment; Disease Detection and Diagnosis; Diseases – Cereals, Field and Fiber Crops; Diseases - Fruits and Nuts; Diseases – Ornamentals; Diseases - Turf grasses; Diseases – Vegetables; Forest Pathology; Seed Pathology; Tropical Plant Pathology
    • Epidemiology / Ecology / Environmental Biology: Biology; Pathogen - Vector Interactions; Phyllosphere/Rhizosphere Microbiology and Ecology; Population Genetics
    • Molecular / Cellular Plant-Microbe Interactions:: Bacteria - Genetics/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology; Fungi - Genetics/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology; Nematodes - Genetics/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology; Viruses - Genetics/Molecular Biology/Cell Biology
    • Plant Disease Management: Biological Control; Chemical Control; Host Resistance; Integrated Pest Management; Regulatory Plant Pathology
    • Professionalism / Service / Outreach

    E. Abstract text

    Read the Technical Requirements and view Sample Abstract.

    • The abstract must be in one paragraph.
    • Do NOT include the title, authors, or author affiliations in the abstract text field.
    • Copy the abstract and paste it into the submission form abstract text box under the ‘Abstract Copy/Body ‘text box and it will include your formatting.
    • Or type text in to the abstract field and use the abstract toolbar to add formatting (italics, superscripts, subscripts, Greek or math symbols). If the symbol is not available, spell it out (e.g., theta).
    • Character limit is 1,490 characters including spaces. No extensions on length of abstracts.

    F. Flash and Dash Posters

    Poster presenters may choose to participate with a Flash and Dash poster presentation format introduced at the 2007 APS Meeting. Interested poster authors will have the chance to give a 5-minute/3 slide presentation of their poster content with an assigned presentation time followed by poster viewing. This will provide authors more time to discuss their poster and hopefully generate more poster traffic. Additional information can be found on the website. Select “Yes” on the submission form for this question.

    Technical Requirements

    Use all normal upper- and lowercase alphanumerical and common punctuation available on your keyboard. Use a common text such as Times, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier.

    • Abstract Body: Italic words or phrases, superscript and subscript characters, and symbols (Greek, math, etc.) can be correctly formatted by clicking the respective icon in the toolbar. If the symbol is not available, please spell it out, e.g., Alpha.

    Sample Abstract

    Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes gummy stem blight, survives between crops in cucurbit debris. A pesticide that eliminates the fungus from infested debris would reduce initial inoculum for subsequent crops planted in infested fields. Naturally infected, 5-cm muskmelon vine sections were sprayed with field-equivalent rates of three herbicides, four fungicides, six salts, three botanical extracts, or three organic pesticides. After 3 days, vine sections were cut into 1-cm pieces and cultured on 1/4 PDA plus antibiotics. Each pesticide was tested 2 to 4 times with 10 to 20 vine sections per treatment. Chlorothalonil, mancozeb, sodium bisulfite, and pyraclostrobin + boscalid (Pristine) consistently reduced recovery of D. bryoniae to an average of 63, 57, 41, and 8% of vine pieces, respectively, compared to a water-treated control (99%). The other pesticides did not significantly reduce recovery of the fungus. Using Pristine to treat debris at the end of the season is not advisable, because of the risk of resistance to this fungicide. However, a non-specific material, such as a broad-spectrum fungicide or a salt, could e used to reduce the amount of surviving inoculum.

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