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Special Session Topics

​Special sessions take place Sunday-Wednesday of the meeting. Dates and times will be available in ​May 2020. ​

A Global Surveillance System (GSS) for Crop Diseases and Pests: Networking the Networks

  • ​Learning Objectives: What are the gaps and opportunities in diagnostics and surveillance?
  • Target Audience: Plant pathologists with interest in international agriculture, food security, disease diagnostics, regulatory issues, risk management strategies, etc.​

Arthropod Transmitted New and Emerging Pathogens

  • ​Learning Objectives: 1. We aim to educate APS members about these emerging pathogens and provide strategies for the management of the resulting diseases.
    2. Through improved knowledge of these diseases and available resources, provide tools to manage and prevent further spread of these diseases.​
  • Target Audience: Our target audience is broad and includes students, academics and members of industry and government who might come across these diseases in the course of their research and work.​

Balancing the Tradeoff Between Plant Yield and Immunity

  • ​Learning Objectives: After attending this session, attendees will be able to: 1. Describe the tradeoff between plant yield and immunity 2. Describe how plant receptor proteins function to mediate this tradeoff 3. Describe how plants utilize hormones and transcription factors to balance this tradeoff.
  • Target Audience: This session targets all plant pathologists interested in plant immune responses to pathogen stress, plant hormone and transcriptional responses, crop yield and the understanding of how plant disease resistance impacts crop yield.

Cannabis and Hemp: Production, Pathology, and Disease Management

  • ​Learning Objectives: 1. Learning about the production practices for hemp and cannabis 2. Obtaining an overview of the diseases of importance on these crops
    3. Exposure to current research in 5 regions/laboratories in the US and Canada 4. Discussion of future research initiatives.
  • Target Audience: Researchers and producers of hemp and cannabis, as well as industry and extension specialists

Current topics in virus taxonomy

  • ​Learning Objectives: The session aims to bring awareness about recent changes in virus taxonomy to plant virology community and evaluate/discus their impact in “real life” (i.e. policy making, plant quarantine lists, certification and movement of plant materials, editorial work, etc.) through an open discussion with attendees of the Plant Health 2020 Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society.
  • Target Audience: Plant Virologists, Policy makers, Evolutionary biologist, Taxonomy enthusiasts, Graduate Students

Emerging Endemic Pathogens Behaving As Ex​otic Invasives In Changing Climates In Forest Systems

  • ​Learning Objectives: Understanding of how climate change and other abiotic factors impact pathogen behavior. Disease management when eradication is not an option. Managing diseases and declines in complex systems.
  • Target Audience: Plant pathologists that work with risk assessment, disease modeling, epidemiology, diagnosis and detection

Evolution of the Concept of a Bacterial Species

  • ​Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will learn about bacterial taxonomy, relevance, along with previous and current approaches used to determine a bacterial taxa. Participants will learn about importance of developing a consistent approach along with current standards, their limitations and resolutions.
  • Target Audience: Microbiologists and bacteriologists, plant disease diagnosticians, government officials regulating quarantines, graduate students, and anyone who are interested in bacterial taxonomy.​

​Faces of the American Phytopathological Society: Snapshots of the inner-workings of our society and how to get involved

  • ​Learning Objectives: Attendees will gain knowledge of how major parts of APS function. With a better understanding of APS, attendees will be able to seek out volunteer positions that are appropriate for their interests, experience level, and available time. Attendees will be able to more efficiently seek out appropriate arm of society with questions or feedback for change.
  • Target Audience: Graduate students, early career professionals, all newer APS members from every level

GMOs in the Public Discourse: better communication for a better world

  • Learning Objectives: Both inside and outside the walls of our laboratories, APS scientific community has a responsibility to objectively judge a contentious subject such as this and educate our colleagues, family and friends using a language that resonates. This is exactly what we aim to equip everyone attending this panel discussion.
  • Target Audience: All APS attendees will benefit from attending this discussion.​

Hormonal Signaling in Plant Defense Responses and Disease Resistance

  • Learning Objectives: 1) Describe how phytohormones influence plant defense responses and resistance. 2) Describe at least one example of how a plant pathogen manipulates phytohormone signaling to affect plant defense 3) Become acquainted with the complexity of crosstalk between hormonal signaling in plant-pathogen interaction. 4) Describe how knowledge gleaned from these studies may be useful in field applications for novel means of disease control.
  • Target Audience: The target audience includes those interested in developing and applying host resistance, and those interested in an emerging area of molecular and cellular phytopathology.

In the International Year of Plant Health: Postharvest Technologies at the Forefront of Combatting Food Loss and Food Insecurity

  • Learning Objectives: -The attendees will have a comprehensive understanding of food loss and waste worldwide in industrial and developing countries. -The attendees will learn about challenges facing overall food preservation in multiple situations and under variable conditions -The attendees will learn about past, ongoing and future research in pre and postharvest pathology to reduce food loss -The attendees will be presented with a cross-disciplinary approach to curve food loss.
  • Target Audience: The target audience includes scientists, postdocs and students from national and international universities working in Plant Pathology including but not limited to those doing research at both aisles of the food chain, production and conservation, to learn the challenges and state of the art of ongoing and needed research. The target audience also includes Scientists and Representative of the Private industry investing in the area of plant pathology, postharvest pathology/technologies and food preservation. Decision makers and staff of regulatory and trade agencies are also a very good target of this session.​

Let's work together and get things done: pathogen synergism during the infection of plants. 

  • Learning Objectives: Attendees will gain increased knowledge on: 1. How different bacterial species work together to cause disease. 2. How bacterial species form subpopulation functional units and each unit has a distinct task. 3. How bacteria compete for resources and space.
  • Target Audience: Researchers in molecular plant microbe interactions, plant bacteriology, disease etiology and management.

Management Thresholds: Risks, Challenges, And Solutions

  • Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn how different thresholds are developed, how they are linked with economics of the target crop, and how these thresholds meld with a full integrated disease management program.
  • Target Audience: The target audience will be epidemiologists and applied plant pathologists who are involved in mitigating disease while minimizing the costs of disease control.

Molecular mechanism of temperature modulation of plant immunity

  • Learning Objectives: Understand the effect of resistance genes is governed by temperature. Protecting crop plants under temperature extremes requires a better understanding of molecular mechanisms. The cost of temperature extremes for crop protection and production.
  • Target Audience: Professionals in crop protection and production including students and faculty, industry professionals working on pesticide development, scientists working on basic research on plant immunity, and concerned citizens.

New Products & Services

  • Learning Objectives: To inform and educate APS members of the newest products available to them in both technology and disease control and to provide a platform to answer any questions about these products that might arise.
  • Target Audience: Anyone using the products being described in this session, particularly extension faculty and industry representatives.

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

  • 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 have gone on to have very successful careers in plant pathology and have been engaged with APS.
  • Target Audience: Anyone interested in hearing award-winning graduate students present their research at the national meeting.

Plant-pathogen evolution in a rapidly changing world

  • Learning Objectives: The objectives of this session are (1) to explore how pathogens and plants co-evolve in complex or changing environments, (2) bring different perspectives on plant-pathogen evolution to Plant Health attendees.
  • Target Audience: APS members who study evolution, ecology, genomics and microbiomes.

Technology Transfer: From The Lab To The Diagnostician's Bench

  • Learning Objectives: To become aware of the different environments in which diagnostic essays are performed. To gain a better understanding of the implementation challenges across different plant pathology diagnostic sectors. To assess opportunities for collaboration for verification and validation. To develop sustainable technology transfer by incorporating the knowledge gained in the session when developing new diagnostics tools.
  • Target Audience: Researchers (faculty and students) developing diagnostic methods or interested in diagnostics, researchers and diagnosticians in various sectors (government, academia, industry), regulatory plant pathologists.

The Future of Agricultural Antibiotics in the Face of Bacterial Resistance in Agricultural and Medical Settings

  • Learning Objectives: Obtain broader knowledge regarding the potential spread of antibiotic resistance across industries and how this may impact the future of antibiotic usage in plant agriculture.
  • Target Audience: Plant pathologists from academia or industry who focus on bacterial plant pathogens. Regulators interested in the interplay between pathogen resistance and pesticide registration.

Special Session: Schroth

Special Session: Melhus


​Workshops

Workshops take place on Saturday ​of the meeting. Times and ticket prices will be available when registration opens. 

  • An Introduction to R for Plant Pathologists
  • Basic bioinformatics and command-line tools for phytopathologists: How to handle, explore, and organize big biological data.
  • Biocontrol products for the management of fungicide resistance and reduction of fungicide residues
  • Data visualization in R
  • Know your roots: introduction to root phenotyping
  • Nematode Identification: from morphology to molecular
  • Plant and Soil Microbiomes: From Sampling to Understanding
  • Scientific Communication in the Year of Plant Health: Let's Talk/Text/Tweet about it!
  • Soilborne Disease Data Collection and Analysis
  • Visualizing Effectors During Plant-Pathogen Interactions: Intuitive Teaching and Research Tools​

Field Trips

Field Trips take place on Saturday and Wednesday of the meeting. Times and ticket prices will be available when registration opens. 

  • Adventures in Seedbanks and Seed Health Testing: Tour of the USDA NCGRP and Eurofins BioDiagnostics
  • Diseases, pests, and fire, oh my, forest health issues in alpine forests of the Southern Rockies
  • Mile High Fungi: A Fungal and Plant Pathology Foray​