​​​​Special Sessions

​​​The following Special Sessions will take place during Plant Health 2022.

Session schedule and speaker details will be posted as details are finalized.

21st I. E. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium: Organized by the CLARE Committee

More details to come!​

Advances in Sensing, Robotics, and Machine Learning to Address Plant Health Issues

Learning Objectives

  • This session will provide an overview of the history, progress and milestones related to machine learning applications in the study of plant diseases. 
  • At the end of this session attendees will be familiar with recent advancements in symptom detection and assessment of plant disease using sensors and machine learning algorithms. 
  • Attendees will gain an increased understanding of application of machine learning methods in bioinformatics, genomics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogens. 
  • This session will provide insight into the importance of equitable AI.

​Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Management of an Emerging Disease – Boxwood Blight

Together we beat boxwood blight through research, innovation, and education.

Learning Objectives

This session will provide an overview of the status, challenges, and newest discoveries that have arisen from studies addressing the boxwood blight epidemic. The attendees will be made aware of the available monitoring, diagnostic, and management tools that can be used to control the disease spread and minimize its economic and aesthetic impact.​

For Better or Worse: A World Without Broad-Spectrum Fungicides

Join us for an interactive discussion on challenges and the current alternatives to broad-spectrum fungicides “warming up” for a change in the future of plant disease management.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will be immersed in an interactive discussion focused on what the implications may be for resistance management approaches if broad-spectrum fungicides are no longer available 
  • At the end of this session, attendees will be aware of the benefits and risks of the use of broad-spectrum fungicides in the field. 
  • Attendees will be able to determine alternatives to broad-spectrum fungicides. 
  • This session will introduce concerns associated with broad-spectrum fungicides from a regulatory perspective.​

Grower, Extension, & Industry Panel: Bio-fungicides, Advancements in Technology and Challenges to Adoption
​   Panel Discussion

  Learning Objectives
  • ​​Highlight best practices for bio-fungicides 
  • Increase awareness of past and current challenges, both perceived and real, to adoption of biological controls 4.
  • Increase understanding of the pressures driving growth of this area of crop protection 
  • Increase awareness of past and current challenges, both perceived and real, to adoption of biological controls 
  • Increase understanding of the pressures driving growth of this area of crop protection

Indigenous and International Perspectives on Forest Pathology and Invasive Species

​Lift every voice: what are the impacts of invasive forest and plant pathogens on Indigenous and International communities and cultures? Engage in a new narrative on plant pathology.

Learning Objectives

This session will introduce the topic of Indigenous perspectives on forest pathology. It will also engage with international forest pathology researchers and issues that are relevant to global forest health.

Innovative bioengineering tools for advanced agriculture, the path to a successful deployment
     Learning Objectives

This session will introduce to cutting-edge technologies applicable to plant heath research, and the need for changes in agricultural practices. The aim of this session is to highlight innovative biotechnology in agriculture, while hearing the perspectives of those involved in both development and application of these tools. We will achieve this by bringing together researchers from academia and private agricultural companies.​

Mycotoxigenic fungal disease epidemics and postharvest mycotoxin contamination of grains in the face of climate change​

Understanding and modeling risks of mycotoxin contamination with climate change

Learning Objectives

  • At the end of this session, attendees will have increased knowledge in sampling for disease intensity and mycotoxin detection in grain and will understand how factors in the field influence disease intensity and resultant mycotoxin contamination in grain. 
  • At the end of the session, attendees will be aware of how modeling can predict potential mycotoxin contamination risks. 
  • This session will give participants a better understanding of the ecological microcosms of stored crops. 
  • This session will explore how climate change will alter the postharvest storage mycotoxin contamination and predictive models.​

New Products and Services​
    Learning Objectives

This session will update, inform and educate APS members about the most current solutions available to manage plant diseases. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions or comment about these new solutions and potential impact on plant protection.

Plant Foes New and Old: Brief Updates on Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases

Ignite Session

Who are the new pathogens on the block? Come over to find out what our latest challenges are as plant pathologists

Learning Objectives

  • This session will showcase the latest emerging diseases and highlight current information on the status of emerging diseases including potentially high impact ones identified in the meeting year. 
  • Attendees will garner current updates on the most recent challenges in plant protection and biosecurity in a brief session. 
  • ​This session will cover a variety of pathogens and host plants therefore appealing to wide audience, and makes available content historically presented informally in EDPC committee meetings to a broader APS audience.​

Plant Forensics: building pipelines for rapid detection of plant health using high throughput approaches

Learning Objectives

The proposed session aims to familiarize a wide range of audience, irrespective of background and level of expertise, to an assortment of cutting-edge tools that have been proven to aid in early detection and diagnosis of plant stress from either biotic or abiotic factors or both. At the end of the session, attendees will be aware of various advancements in sequencing, spectroscopy, artificial intelligence, geographical information systems, and alternative farming systems.​

Plant Pathologists of the Future: Showcasing Graduate Student Presentation Winners from APS Division Meetings

Award winning students

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn about a diversity of award-winning research that is being conducted and presented by our top graduate students competing in the APS Division meetings. Many previous Division graduate competition winners gone on to have very successful careers in plant pathology and been engaged with APS.​

Schroth - Faces of the Future Session: Epidemiology and Management

More details to come!

There’s a Collection for that…....

​What are collections? What kinds of collections are there? How are collections used and why are they important? How do we access collections? How do we deposit plant germplasm or microbes into a collection? What efforts are underway to preserve collections? Need a specific fungus or bacteria for your research? Need new germplasm for a breeding project? Need to deposit microbes for a new species description or first report? Need to find a collection to ensure your research material is preserved? There is a collection for that!​

​​      Learning Objectives

    This session will introduce the APS community to the depth and breadth of the many types of collections that exist, why they are important, and why they should be preserved for future generations of scientists. At the end of this session, attendees will: 1) be aware of the types of collections, how to access them, how to deposit a microbe and germplasm into a collection; 2) understand the challenges faced by many collections; 3) be able to explain the relevance and importance of preserving the many types of collections and how they can incorporate these collections into their research programs.​

Unraveling and Tackling Bacterial Seedborne Pathogens
    Learning Objectives

  • To help plant pathologists, with no background on seed pathology, understand the intricacies of seed health and the seed industry’s needs. 
  • To provide an overview on seed health organizations and how they function, technologies for detection of bacterial seedborne pathogens, and seed treatments for the management of bacterial seedborne pathogens and the advantages and limitations of these methods. 
  • To present gaps in our current understanding, providing opportunities to capitalize and contribute to the field of seed pathology for management of seedborne bacterial diseases.​

Vectors of Change: How Climate Change is Affecting the Biology of Vectors and Their Transmission of Pathogens​

What’s driving the emergence and spread of vector-borne pathogens? How is climate change affecting the biology and dissemination of vectors?

Learning Objectives

This session will introduce several examples of vector-pathogen complexes. Topics will shed light on the intimate nature that often exists between a vector and its transmitted pathogen – and importantly, how climate change is impacting vector biology, and thus the emergence and spread of pathogens in new areas. Attendees will learn about how climate change is challenging existing integrated pest management strategies to manage vectors and vector-borne pathogens. At the end of this session, attendees will have gained new knowledge on specific examples of vector-pathogen complexes, as well as broader knowledge that can be applied in the pursuit of understanding lesser studied systems that are impacting food, fiber, and horticultural crops.​

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