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The 2016 Rust Symposium will cover the latest scientific and technical advances in field crop, tropical, ornamental, and vegetable rust diseases. Four outstanding plenary speakers will address the impacts and advances of rusts in coffee, wheat, vegetables, and ornamental crops.

View the preliminary agenda here.

General Sessions

The Coffee Rust Crisis in Central America
Jacques Avelino, Ph.D.
San Jose, Costa Rica

Rusts on vegetable crops: Occurrence and challenges
Steven Koike
University of California Cooperative Extension Service
Salinas, California

Ornamental plants get rust diseases too: Importance and control
Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D.
University of Florida - Tropical Research and Education Center
Homestead, Florida

Pathogens and partnerships without borders: Global efforts to track wheat rusts
David Hodson, Ph.D.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Registration is now closed.



 Advance Registration Fees (available through Jan. 15, 2016) Professional Student
  $200 $150
Regular and on-site registration Professional Student
  $240 $190

 Registration fee includes three continental breakfasts, two lunches, one reception, and breaks.

Online Registration closes on March 2, 2016. Register on site after March 2.

Cancellations/Refunds: Payment is due with registration. Cancellations must be made in writing and received no later than February 2, 2016 and are subject to a $50 processing fee. Cancellations after February 2, 2016, are not subject to a refund. The Rust Symposium reserves the right to cancel this meeting, and if so, will fully refund the registration fee, however the Rust Symposium is not liable for any refunds associated with travel or other expenses. By registering for this meeting, you agree to the cancellation and refund policies and conditions.


Hotel and Reservations

The 2016 Rust Symposium will take place at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel, located on the beach in Pensacola Beach, Florida, recently named No. 5 of all U.S. beaches by TripAdvisor. All rooms come with a view of the water. Located on one of the world’s whitest beaches, in the center of everything, you’re within walking distance of the most popular local restaurants and attractions.

Please note when planning travel: The program begins on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m.

Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel
12 Via de Luna Drive
Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561

Negotiated Conference Rates:
$135 single/double rate per standard room, plus 14.55% tax (subject to change)
$155 single/double rate per standard room, plus 14.55% tax (subject to change)
Room rate is available 2 days before through 2 days after the meeting, based on availability.
Room rate includes complimentary internet.

Amenities: Directly on the Gulf of Mexico, this property offers a restaurant, bar, fitness room, indoor pool, sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, and complimentary business center. All guest rooms feature microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and Internet access.

Reserve your room by February 18, 2016 to take advantage of the discounted rate. After February 18 this rate is based on availability.

Reserve room by phone
Call directly to 850-916-2999 and ask for "Group Reservations."

Online Reservations
A credit card is required to make online reservations.
Group/Convention code for negotiated rate: APH

TRAVEL -- How to Get There:

Area Airport: Pensacola International Airport

Pensacola has its own commercial airport in the city limits -- Pensacola International Airport. Pensacola International claims to be the largest airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida. 

Sponsor Information

For sponsor information contact Erick DeWolf at

Rust Symposium Chair

Erick DeWolf, Ph.D.
Kansas State University

Sam Markell, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University

Scientific Committee

Maricelis Acevedo, Ph.D.
North Dakota State University

Paul Esker, Ph.D.
University of Costa Rica, San Jose

Jim Marois, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Aaron Palmateer, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Les Szabo, Ph.D.
United States Department of Agriculture