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​Plant Health Workshop

Improving and increasing awareness to the National Plant Disease Recovery System

Tuesday, January 12, 2021​​

Interested in learning ​more about this workshop topic outside of this event? Check out Emerging Plant Diseases and Global Food Security from APS PRESS.

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*This work​shop is complimentary to all - but registration is limited to the first 50 participants. 

Workshop Description:​

The National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS) is mandated under a Presidential Directive to ensure that the tools, infrastructure, communication networks, and capacity required are in place to mitigate the impact of high consequence plant disease outbreaks.  A product of NPDRS is a Recovery Plan that is a published collection of information on a targeted disease or pathogen.  These Recovery Plans were discussed at previous APS meetings and USDA workshops starting in 2006 and tie in with the APS Emerging Pathogens Initiative. The purpose of this workshop will be to assemble attendees who are interested in new and emerging diseases and pathogens with the intention to review the purpose of the Plan, discuss how to improve its content and propose diseases/pathogens for new plans with recommended contributors.  This half-day workshop will begin with a series of four 15 minute presentations followed by an open discussion on how to improve the Plan and proposing diseases for writing new Plans, from which suggestions will be requested by the participants prior to the workshop.

Workshop Organizer/Moderator

Timothy Widmer, USDA ARS, Beltsville, MD​


Historical background of NPDRS

Julius E. Fajardo, USDA Office of Pest Management Policy, Washington, DC

APS involvement with NPDRS

Doug G. Luster, USDA ARS Foreign Disease Weed Science Research Unit, Fort Detrick, MD

Experiences with writing a NPDRS Recovery Plan​

Christian D. Cruz, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

The future needs of the NPDRS Recovery Plan

James P. Stack, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS​