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Abstract Criteria & Online Submission Instructions

Abstract Submissions have Closed

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2016 (11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time)

Abstract payment - $55 (USD) per abstract submitted (non-refundable, credit card only)

Login using your APS website username and password. You can retrieve/reset your login info or create an account, if you do not have one, using links on the abstract submission site. Nonmembers will need to create an account.

Submit Early to avoid last minute issues and delays.

Important considerations before you submit an abstract

  • NEW! PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, oral abstracts MUST be reviewed by two non-authors. By checking the terms and conditions you confirm that the reviews took place.
  • NEW! There are no limits on the number of oral presentations submitted (in the past we accepted the first 200 oral submissions), however, no individual may be the presenter of more than one oral presentation.
  • NEW! Specifying a preference for oral or poster presentation DOES NOT guarantee placement in that area. Final presentation type will be determined by the Annual Meeting Board based on quality and subject matter that best fits the meeting program.
  • Edit and proof your abstract before submitting. APS will not edit abstract submissions; they will be published as submitted.
  • Designated presenting author (of either an oral technical or poster) MUST be registered for the 2016 APS Annual Meeting and have paid the fee by June 3, 2016. Failure to register will result in your abstracts being withdrawn from the meeting.
  • Abstracts should be proofed to make sure all authors and affiliations were accepted to the online form.
  • Publications of tables, charts, and graphs projected onto screens or posted at the annual meeting by anyone other than an author or presenter is prohibited unless a release has been requested and received in writing from an author or presenter.

Acceptance Criteria


  • Abstracts must report results of original research or other activity of significant merit that relates to phytopathology and the related industry.
  • Abstracts must include the following elements: justification, objectives, methods, results, and significance of the research to the science of phytopathology.
  • Abstracts must not be simply a review or progress report, but must contain useful and new information. Abstracts must not include references or footnotes.
  • Abstracts must be in final form with no grammatical, typographical, or factual errors.
  • No abstract that has been presented or is intended to be presented at another meeting shall be submitted for consideration.

E-mail confirmation

A confirmation e-mail, for each abstract submission, will be sent to the designated presenter. This will come from Check your regular Inbox and junk e-mail folders in case it is delivered there.

Submission Information

1. Enter presenter and author information


  • Author Designation: One author MUST be designated as the presenter. (DO NOT ENTER this individual as an author.) Any additional author(s) must be designated as coauthor(s).
  • Affiliation/Company (only company/institution, city, state/province, country - do not include street addresses or ZIP codes.) Do not use abbreviations for institutions (i.e. University)


2. Type of presentation

Oral - An individual may be the presenter of only one oral presentation.

  • There is a limit of one (1) oral presentation per submitter or presenter.
  • APS asks that PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, oral abstracts MUST be reviewed by two non-authors.
  • 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.

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 (designated times to be announced).

3. 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.
  • Use the tool bar for italic words or phrases, as well as for subscript or superscript of characters.
  • Symbols (Greek, math, etc.) must be spelled out, e.g., Beta.

4. Presentation categories

a) Select a primary (as reflected in bold type) and an associated secondary category from the list provided that best relates to your presentation. Note secondary categories are associated to the primary category they are reflected under.

  • Biology and Disease Management: Bacteriology; Virology; Mycology; Nematology; Oomycetes; Postharvest Pathology; Mycotoxins; Genetics of Resistance; Cultural Control; Chemical Control; Biological Control; Regulatory Plant Pathology; Integrated Pest Management
  • Diseases of Plants: Plant Stress and Abiotic Disorders; Crop Loss Assessment; Disease Detection and Diagnosis; New and Emerging Diseases
  • Epidemiology: Analytical and Theoretical Plant Pathology; Cropping Systems/Sustainability; Pathogen-Vector Interactions; Phyllosphere; Rhizosphere; Population Biology Genetics; Climate Change; Risk Assessment; Systematics/Evolution; Pathogen Dispersal
  • Molecular and Cellular Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions; Proteomics/Metabolomics/Genomics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Biotechnology; Plant Defense Responses
  • Professionalism/Outreach: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development; Outreach and Engagement; Advising and Mentoring; Networking; Ethics

b) Select one pathogen type keyword that best relates to your presentation.

Plant Stress/Abiotic Disorder

c) Select a host type keyword (as reflected in bold type) and an associated host type keyword from the list provided that best relates to your presentation. Note quinary categories are associated to the quaternary category they are reflected under.

  • Cereals/Grains: Corn; Rice; Sorghum; Soybean; Wheat; Other
  • Forage/Pasture:
  • Fruits/Nuts: Almond; Apple; Cane Berry; Cherry; Citrus; Grape; Melon; Peanut; Pecan; Strawberry; Tropical Fruits; Walnut; Other
  • Legumes: Beans; Chickpea (Garbanzo); Pea; Other
  • Ornamentals: Annual Ornamentals; Herbaceous Ornamentals; Perennial Ornamentals; Woody Ornamentals; Other
  • Trees: Angiosperm; Conifers; Forest Trees; Shade Trees; Other
  • Tropical/Subtropical Crops: Banana; Cacao; Cassava; Coffee; Papaya; Plantain; Sugarcane; Tropical Fruits; Other
  • Turfgrass: Cool-season; Warm-season; Other
  • Vegetables: Beets; Brassicas (Crucifers); Carrot; Celery; Leafy Vegetables; Lettuce; Onion; Peppers; Potato; Sugar Beet; Sweet Corn; Sweet Potato; Tomato; Other
  • Other

5. Abstract Text


  • The abstract must be in one paragraph.
  • DO NOT include the title, author name(s), or author affiliations in the abstract text field.
  • Use the abstract toolbar to add formatting (italics, superscripts, or subscripts)
  • Character limit is 1,490 characters including spaces (Approximately 250 word count).

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 be used to reduce the amount of surviving inoculum.

Terms & Conditions

I agree that by submitting this abstract, it has been reviewed by two non-authors.

If the abstract is accepted, I agree that the designated presenting author will present the abstract at the 2016 APS Annual Meeting, July 30-August 3, 2016, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. and will register and pay the registration fee by June 3, 2016. I confirm that this is an original work and that the abstract has not been previously published. I and any contributing authors, as sole proprietors of the abstract, agree to transfer copyright of the abstract to The American Phytopathological Society. Abstracts will be published online in June 2016. By agreeing, I accept this copyright transfer.

I understand that failure to accept the copyright transfer will result in the immediate cancellation of my abstract submission.