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NEW for 2014!

Idea Cafés
Looking for solutions to an existing problem, a conversation on a specific issue or concern, or innovative ideas in your area of research or outreach? Idea Café is your opportunity to gather great minds in plant pathology in an informal setting (one round table of 10 assigned to each topic) to converse on an area or interest to you!

  • Tuesday, August 12
    2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
    Applications of Genetyping-by-Sequencing
    Biocontrol of Aflatoxins
    Boxwood Blight Challenges
    Challenges in Biological Control
    Forest Health Challenges
    New and Emerging Diseases
    New Tools for Virus Detection
    Plant Growth Promotors
    Seed Transmission Associations
  • Wednesday, August 13
    10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Advances in Bacteria Identification
    Disease Control in Tropical Crops
    Disease Severity Assessments
    Endophyte Biology
    Expanding Distributions of Plant Viruses
    Important Discoveries in Pathogen Detection
    Integrated Pest Management of Nematodes
    Resistance and Susceptibility to Verticillium Wilt
    Student Recruitment, Training and Education

Engage in facilitated conversations that explore questions/issues of regulatory, policy, research, extension, and education in plant pathology as we explore all points of view.

  • Regulating Pathogens for Research: Too Much of a Good Thing?
    Sunday, August 10, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.; Room 103 BC, Convention Center
    Moderator: Mary Palm, USDA APHIS
    Pauline Spaine, USDA APHIS, BRS
    Shailajah Rabindrum, APHIS PPQ
    Sally Miller, The Ohio State University
    Jeff Jones, University of Florida
    This session, in an open panel format with a moderator, will explore questions/issues of regulatory affairs in plant pathology while considering all points of view.
  • RNAi Biotechnology Applications
    Tuesday, August 12, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.; Room 103 BC, Convention Center
    Moderator: Burt Bluhm, University of Arkansas
    Mark Fuchs, Cornell University
    Zhi-Yuan Chen, Louisiana State University
    Jari Valkonen, University of Helsinki
    Anna Whitfield, Kansas State University
    This session will explore the pros and cons of using RNAi technology to silence expression of plant, pathogen, or insect genes for crop modification, considering all points of view including the suitability of RNAi technology for specific applications and potential off-target effects.

Poster Huddles
Monday and Tuesday
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. NEW! Poster Huddle Time
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Poster time with Authors
Poster Huddles focus on special areas of interest among the submitted posters offering more in-depth discussion of research and findings presented by poster authors. Selection of topics areas will be made following poster submissions.

  • Monday
    Huddle #1 – How to (not?) Manage Fungicide Resistance, the QoI Example
    Huddle #2 – How Should Pathogen Detection Assays be Validated?
    Huddle #3 – What Are the Important Concepts in Cultural Control of Bacterial Pathogens?
    Huddle #4 – How has New Knowledge about Microbiomes Changed
  • Tuesday
    Huddle #5 – What Was the Most Important Discovery About Phytophthora this Year?
    Huddle #6 – Can Citrus Greening be Controlled?
    Huddle #7 – What Is Needed for Successful Mycotoxin Control?
    Huddle #8 – What Types of Remote Sensors Would Improve Crop Loss Assessments?

Posters by Appointment
Looking for more one on one time with a poster author? Posters by Appointment allow meeting attendees to connect with poster authors, by use of the mobile app, to make appointments to meet and discuss poster content (in addition to the poster author time). More information will be available closer to the meeting.

Industry Boulevard
Join our exhibitors on Industry Boulevard (located in the Exhibit Hall) as they showcase advances in research and technology and offer solutions for equipment services and needs.

Alumni Alley
Alumni socials are making a move to the exhibit hall and will take place as part of the Welcome Reception. Watch the program to see if your university is part of Alumni Alley.

Friday, August 8 – Saturday, August 9

North American Late Blight Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday
Fee: $165
This 1.5 day symposium on the late blight diseases of potato and tomato crops will feature keynote speaker Geert Kessel of Wageningen University. Short talks and poster presentations will address epidemiology, pathogen biology and diversity, plant resistance, integrated disease management, and chemical control. Students and postdoctorals may apply for travel awards. The symposium is sponsored by, a national project to battle late blight through research, extension, and education, which is funded by USDA-NIFA. For more information, visit or email Preregistration is required, see APS – CPS Joint Meeting registration form.

Saturday, August 9

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Build Better Relationships – Leverage Conflict as Opportunity
8:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Facilitated by Sherry Harsch-Porter, Ph.D., president of The Porter Bay Group, Inc.; teacher at Washington University; and a contributing author to “The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From theory to practice” and author of “Education as Possibility: Coaching for Persistence.Click here for more detailed information.

First Timers Orientation
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Kick-start your networking, and plan to attend this special orientation session where APS and CPS leaders will provide helpful hints and suggestions to ensure you make the most of your first meeting experience. Preregistration is required.

Sunday, August 10

CPS 85th Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentation
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Reports from the outgoing board, treasurer, future meetings, Taylor and Francis, publisher of the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology and an update on the 5-Year Strategic Plan will be presented. We will celebrate the winners of this year’s CPS Awards and welcome the new executive board of CPS.

APS Opening General Session and Awards & Honors Ceremony
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Your official welcome to Minneapolis and the meeting! Join fellow colleagues and scientists as we recoginze our members with awards and honors in recognition of their hard work and dedication to plant pathology. Hear about important society goals, accomplishments, and initiatives directly from APS leaders.

10th Annual APS-OIP Silent Auction
12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Support the APS Office of International Program’s Global Experience Program by bidding on a wide variety of items from around the world. In addition to bidding, consider donating some of your own items to assist the cause! Items can be brought with you or sent directly to APS Headquarters in advance, visit the silent auction website for details.

Welcome Reception - Exhibition, Posters and Alumni Socials
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Mingle with familiar faces and meet new APS and CPS colleagues while enjoying light snacks and drinks.
Ticket is included with full registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase on the registration form.
New this year! Alumni Socials will be part of the Welcome Reception with designated areas for each university requesting space.

Monday, August 11

Plenary Session – Plant Health Connections - Soil Health – Plant Health – Food Security – Human Health
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Outstanding speakers and leaders in their fields will be addressing these interconnected and impactful topics during the plenary session. Dr. Harold van Es (Soil Scientist, Cornell University) will introduce you to the emerging concept of soil health, assessment protocols, sustainable management practices and the overall impact on soil functions. Dr. Jan E. Leach (Plant Pathologist, Colorado State University) will be highlighting the impact of soil health, and in particular soil health management practices on plant health and the role and connections of the Phytobiomes to plant health and productivity. Dr. Jennifer Ann Thomson (Microbiologist, University of Cape Town, SA) will be speaking on the connections of healthy plants and food availability on world food security and poverty issues. Dr. Thomson talk is provided through the Glenn Anderson Lectureship on World Food Security Award. Click here for more detailed information.

APS Early Career Professionals’ Social with Employer Networking Opportunity
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Connect with your fellow early career professionals and mingle with employers to learn about new job opportunities. Academic, government, and industry employers are invited to join the event to network with prospective employees. Refreshments and appetizers are included in the ticket price. Preregistration is required.

APS Graduate Student Social
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Make plans to attend the one social spot where all plant pathology students come together to connect. Light snacks and beverages will be served. This event is limited to students only. Preregistration is required.

Industry & Extension Social
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30
The beautiful and unique setting of historic Nicollet Island is the place to be on Monday night at the Industry and Extension Social as you enjoy time on the only inhabited island on the Mississippi River.
Nestled on the banks of the river, across from downtown Minneapolis, and surrounded by beautiful park grounds, the historic Nicollet Island offers one of the best views of downtown Minneapolis, the historic Horseshoe Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. In addition to ample space to social and eat both outdoors and in the rustic Nicollet Island Pavilion, there will be opportunities to stroll the area and take in some fun interactive games. Located a short ride through downtown Minneapolis from the convention center, transportation will be provided. Preregistration is required. A limited number of tickets are available at the discounted rate of $30. When those tickets are sold, if additional are requested they will be available at the event price.

Tuesday, August 12

 Academic Unit Leader Breakfast and Meeting (formerly Department Heads Meeting)
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40
Plant pathology department heads/chairs, academic unit leaders, or their representatives, including those from U.S.A. and international institutions, are encouraged to participate in this important event to meet with colleagues and review priority issues, learn more about the new APS Academic Unit Leader Forum (AULF), and identify opportunities for advancing the APS/Academic partnership. Ticket includes cost of breakfast and break. Preregistration is required.

Plenary Session - "Your Best Frenemy: Science, the Media and Making Your Point"
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Alan Bjerga - Author, "Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest;" Food and Agriculture Policy Reporter, Bloomberg News

With more numerous and diverse media than ever before, engaging with journalists is no longer a choice – it’s a necessity. But how can a scientist inform the public through the media without risking accuracy or integrity? Alan Bjerga, agriculture reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses ways scientists can better-inform the public while helping journalists perform their own function of giving audiences the information they want and need. The presentation will be followed with what promises to be a lively question-and-answer session! Click here for more info.

Wednesday, August 13

Scientific Sessions All Day
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
We’ve always had sessions on Wednesday morning. Be sure to plan your travel to attend sessions that are now planned for Wednesday afternoon!

Final Night Celebration
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday night continues the Minnesota experience with a down home celebration of food, beverages, and fun! It’s a great way to wrap up the meeting, relax, and make one final connection with your colleagues and friends before heading home. This will be a Minnesota evening you do not want to miss! Ticket is included with full registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase on the registration form.

 2014 APS-CPS Joint Meeting

“I have been a member of APS for 51 years and I still get excited about attending the annual meeting. I am always looking forward to connecting with old friends, students, collaborators, and also meeting new colleagues.” - George Abawi, APS President