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Sessions and times are subject to change. See the Schedule-at-a-Glance for room assignments.







Saturday, August 7

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Workshop: DNA-Based Pathogen Detection Methods: Ralstonia solanacearum—A Case Study
Advances in detection and identification technology for Ralstonia solanacearum will be described and demonstrated. Participants will perform immunocapture and DNA-based assays. Application and suitability for laboratory and field testing for R. solanacearum and other bacterial pathogens will be discussed. Check #2 on the registration form. Fee: $40

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Leadership Training: APS Leadership Institute
Early Career Professionals and Regular Members
This first-of-its-kind APS Leadership Institute is designed to help individuals discover their unique leadership skills and begin to apply those skills to their professional, personal, and societal lives. This highly engaging workshop, facilitated by Teri Balser, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will cover the following areas—what and who are leaders, why leadership is critical to your career and profession, types of leaders, leadership and personalities, developing effective leaders, leaders and change, and leaders in professional organizations. Development of future leaders is critical to the success of any organization and is essential for the long term viability of volunteer-led nonprofit societies. While there is no expected service commitment following this program, a long-term goal is to develop future leaders within APS for those who are interested in such a role. All attendees will receive an official APS Leadership Institute certificate of completion. The workshop is intended for a broad spectrum of participants including early, mid-, and senior career professionals as well as the volunteer leadership of APS. Attendance is limited to 50 participants. The cost of the ticket includes lunch, two breaks, and workshop materials. Check #3 on the registration form to participate. Fee: $75 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Field Trip: Turfgrass
On this tour, participants will visit various turfgrass stands in the Nashville area to learn about management challenges unique to the region. We will also observe biotic and abiotic stresses of these stands, particularly since the meeting is held during the summer which presents many challenges because of the transition zone climate in which Nashville is located.  Stops will include various golf and sport turf including the Gaylord Springs Golf Links and the Vanderbilt Legends Club, home of Golf House Tennessee and the Little Course.  Check #4 on the registration form. Fee: $40

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Field Trip: Ornamental & Forestry Nursery
The Tennessee ornamental horticulture and forestry industries face unique pathogen challenges. Visit with long-standing operations and up-and-coming growers to hear how they’ve grown quality plant materials under foliar and root disease pressure during this difficult economic time. Greenhouse and nursery growers will showcase their operations and talk about their disease management programs and how they are integrating cultural, biological, and chemical controls. Check #5 on the registration form. Fee: $40

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. APS Councilor's Forum Meeting
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. APS PRESS Board Meeting
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop: Scientific Writing for APS Journals
This workshop on publishing in APS journals will cover important aspects of preparing and submitting manuscripts to Plant Disease, Phytopathology, and MPMI. The workshop will provide an overview of the review and publication process and provide guidelines for successful publishing. Participants will gain an understanding of the roles of editors-in-chief, senior editors, associate editors, and anonymous peer reviewers. Emphasis will be put on practical tips for scientific writing that will facilitate publication in APS journals. Topics such as proper formatting, authorship, plagiarism, reviewing, and appropriate subject matter for each journal will be addressed. The organizers and speakers are editors-in-chief with extensive experience in reviewing and publishing in APS journals. This workshop is geared toward graduate students and early career scientists. Check #6 on the registration form. Fee: $25

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop: Meet the Geek: Creating Podcasts and Using Syndicated Content
This hands-on workshop will help attendees develop skills for specific internet tools used in the dissemination of information. The focus will be on creating podcasts and using syndicated content. Participants will learn to make a short (30 seconds – 1 minute) podcast using syndication services to deliver it to a variety of audiences. The session will support both Mac and PC users. Individuals are encouraged to bring laptops. Check #7 on the registration form. Fee: $25

1:00 - 5:00 p .m.

Leadership Training: Enhance Your Team Performance—Understand Your MBTI
tudents and Post-Docs
Teamwork is critical to the success of organizations and companies, but as a young scientist you might not be aware of all of the dynamics at play in a team environment. This unique professional development opportunity will allow you to increase your self understanding and enhance your team performance. You’ll take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) online prior to the training. Then during this highly interactive session, an expert in talent development from Monsanto will provide you with your results and explain your personality type and those of your colleagues. Team-building exercises throughout the session will provide an effective environment for reflection on how your preferences relate to team communication, culture, leadership, change, problem solving/conflict resolution, and stress. You’ll leave the training with a fresh perspective on the relationship between critical team issues and your personal preferences, as well as the tools to positively impact your team experiences. The workshop is open to a mix of graduate students and post-docs and is offered at no cost, thanks to the generous sponsorship provided by Monsanto. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. All personal information will be kept confidential and participants will receive the only copy of the MBTI results available. Check #8 on the registration form to participate. Registration is required by July 15 to allow for MBTI processing. Attendees will be invited to a special reception immediately following the training session.

1:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Workshop: Mixed Models for Data Analysis in Plant Pathology
It is now common to use linear mixed models (LMMs) instead of traditional ANOVA to analyze data from designed experiments. LMMs formally handle experiments with both fixed (e.g., fungicide treatment) and random (e.g., block, location) effects and properly estimate test statistics and standard errors for all the effects of interest under a wide range of circumstances. Registrants will learn to use the MIXED and new GLIMMIX procedures of SAS to analyze data from common experimental designs in plant pathology. Material covered for the first time will include introductions on generalized linear mixed models (GLMMs), for analyzing discrete data; new graphical methods for assessing model fits; and multiple comparisons of means in the context of mixed models. This workshop will follow the tradition of the Epidemiology Committee’s workshops on “bringing statistical analysis to the masses.” All registrants must bring a laptop computer with version 9.2 of SAS installed. The workshop enrollment is limited to 60 participants; previous attendees can repeat the workshop. Check #9 on the registration form. Fee: $30

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. APS Advisory Committee on Plant Biosecurity Meeting
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Office of International Programs (OIP) Board Meeting
2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

APS Committee Chair/Vice Chair Orientation
This important orientation session is a must-attend event for updates on current APS initiatives and committee procedures. APS Immediate Past President Jim Moyer, Senior Councilor-at-Large Mike Boehm, and Intermediate Councilor-at-Large Carolee Bull will lead discussions highlighting recent APS initiatives, processes for taking action on committee issues, and procedural logistics for chairs and vice chairs. Packets with committee rosters and the Committee Annual Report Form will be provided for each chair. APS committee chairs not able to attend should have a replacement participate.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Scientific Program Board (SPB)/Section Chairs Meeting
3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Publications Board Meeting
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

APS Program Planning Orientation
Join the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee to learn what steps are needed to host a special session in 2011 and beyond. This session will cover how to submit a session proposal and how the planning process works. For more information, contact Scott Adkins at or Carol Ishimaru at

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. PDMR Editors' Meeting
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

First Timers’ Orientation
As a first-time attendee, the array of scientific sessions and various networking opportunities may seem daunting. Plan to attend this special orientation session where APS leaders and seasoned meeting attendees will provide helpful hints and suggestions to help you make the most of your first meeting experience. Check #10 on the registration form.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Awards and Honors Committee Meeting
By invitation.

New Time!
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings

  • Biotechnology Committee
  • Collections and Germplasm Committee
  • Committee for Diversity and Equality
  • Diagnostics Committee
  • Emerging Diseases and Pathogens Committee
  • Integrated Plant Disease Management Committee
  • Pathogen Resistance Committee
  • Phyllosphere Microbiology Committee
  • Postharvest Pathology Committee
  • Regulatory Plant Pathology Committee
  • Tropical Plant Pathology Committee


New Time!
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings

  • Biological Committee
  • Epidemiology Committee
  • Extension Committee
  • Host Resistance Committee
  • Industry Committee
  • Mycotoxicology Committee
  • Nematology Committee
  • Seed Pathology Committee
  • Soil Microbiology and Root Diseases Committee
  • Turfgrass Pathology Committee
  • Virology Committee