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2019 Northeastern Division Meeting

April 3-5, 2019 at the Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania

The NED-APS Executive and Local Arrangem​ents Committees welcome you to the 2019 NED Ann​ual Meeting.  Complete information about the meeting follows, but should you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Northeastern​ Division Program


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State for April 3 and 4 (Wednesday and Thursday). A very limited number of rooms is also available for April 2 (Tuesday) and 5 (Friday). The group rate for these rooms is $94/night (Tues-Thurs) and $124/night (Fri) prior to taxes (8.5%). Rooms will be available by reservation, on a first-come, first serve basis. The deadline to make reservations at the group rate is March 7, 2019. There is no guarantee of room availability or rate once the block of rooms is filled and beyond this deadline.

For hotel room reservations:

Reserve by phone:  1-814-238-8454 (Hotel direct)
Reserve online: Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State.

The group code is 040219NED.

Reservation modification and cancellation policy: A credit card number will be provided by individuals and will be used for guarantee for late arrival only.  Non credit card guaranteed rooms will be released at 6pm on the day of arrival. 

Individual cancellations not received 24 hours prior to the day of arrival are subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of all anticipated charges. No shows will be charged.

Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State

240 South Pugh Street
State College, Pennsylvania 16801
Website: Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State

Check in: 3:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM
Parking: self-parking (no parking fee)



By airplane:
University Park Airport (SCE) is the closest airport and is served by the following airlines: Delta, American, United. The Days Inn Penn State is approximately 7 miles from the airport and provides shuttle service to and from the airport. Call hotel for more information about shuttle pick up from the airport.  

By car:
3.5 hours from Cornell
4 hours from Rutgers
7 hours from Boston
5.5 hours from New Haven

State College

For more information about State College, please visit



Early-bird: March 13, 2019Regular: After March 13, 2019
Regular/Post-Doc APS Member$150$200
Graduate Student/Emeritus APS Member$60
Undergraduate Student with Poster$0 (must pre-register)--
Undergraduate Student without Poster
$0 (must pre-register)--

Cancellation/Refunds: You may cancel your meeting registration and receive a full refund until March 20, 2019. After March 20, 2019  there will be no refunds for any reason. Contact the APS Registrar to cancel.

Online Registration

Register Now!
(Note that  you must be logged into the APS website to register online. If you are new to the APS website, you can create an account)  


Abstract submission deadline is March 4, 2019 

As is customary for the Division, the 2019 NED-APS program will consist of oral presentations for contributed papers. However, new for 2019 for our Division will be an undergraduate student poster session. See below for Abstract Submission instructions.



Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award

This year there will be a limit of 30 oral presentations in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition. [Click here for complete details].

Award of Merit and Early Career Achievement Awards (Due date February 25, 2019)

Please nominate your colleagues for these prestigious awards. Nomination details can be found at Award of Merit (link to a pdf file on NED website) and Early Career Achievement Award (link to pdf file on NED website).

Deadline for submitting nominations is February 25, 2019. If you are thinking of submitting a nomination, please contact an NED-APS Awards Committee member: Margaret McGrath, Steve Johnson, Frank Ferrandino.



Field trip: The Penn State Campus and its Legendary Elms: A campus walk with Gary Moorman* (FREE – registration required)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Enjoy a walking tour, led by Professor Emeritus Gary Moorman, of Penn State’s beautiful University Park campus, while focusing on Penn State’s legendary elms. Participants will learn about the efforts taken to protect the elms from Dutch elm disease, as well as more recent issues with elm yellows. The tour will start from the lobby of the hotel.

* Dress appropriately. Will occur rain or shine.

Field trip: Mushroom Research Center, Turfgrass Center, and Penn State Berkey Creamery ($10)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Maximum number: 20

Pennsylvania leads the country in mushroom growing, producing 63 percent of all U.S. white button mushrooms. The Penn State Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology's Mushroom Research Center provides unique facilities for conducting mushroom research. Located at the north edge of the Penn State campus, the Mushroom Research Center (MRC) features a spawning-casing area and a state-of-the-art composting facility. Staff assist faculty and students with research trials on the commercial button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus), as well as shiitake (Lentinula edodes), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), and other specialty mushrooms.  After the MRC tour, participants will visit the 17-acre Valentine Turfgrass Research Center to learn about the latest high-maintenance turfgrass research, which includes disease management for putting greens and athletic fields. Afterwards, participants will head over to the famous Penn State Berkey Creamery to learn how Penn State transforms 5 million pounds of milk per year into decadent, delicious ice cream, cheese, and spreads. The group will tour the pilot plant and have the opportunity to make their very own ice cream! Transportation from the hotel to the tour locations will be provided. 

Industry/Extension Meeting*

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

All NED-APS members are invited to attend to discuss hot topics and share industry-related news and extension activities with the entire group. This meeting is a great way to catch up with colleagues, find out what the Northeast’s diagnostic labs have been seeing the past year, and hear from industry representatives about new disease-control products.

*Please indicate if you plan to attend.

Welcome Reception (Included with registration*)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Gather and visit with your fellow NED-APS Meeting attendees at the Days Inn Penn State before the scientific program begins. Appetizers will be available, and a cash bar is anticipated.

*Please indicate if you plan to attend so we can get an accurate count for food purchases. 

Careers 101 Workshop: Networking 101 (FREE - registration required*)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Collaborations and job prospects can be based upon who you meet and how you communicate.  Networking early in your career is the key to making those connections and keeping relationships open.  This workshop is an introduction to some of the networking skills that are essential for both early career and sustained productivity. Workshop is intended for early career professionals, postdocs, and students.

*You must register by March 20, 2019 to reserve a spot for this event. 

Banquet Reception with Undergraduate Poster Session (Included with registration*)

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

This year our Division will host its first Undergraduate Research Poster Session, to be held concurrently with the Banquet Reception on Thursday evening (to avoid conflicts with class schedules). This will be a wonderful opportunity for undergraduates to discuss their research with Division members, and for Division members to meet the next generation of plant pathologists! Faculty mentors of participating undergraduates: please note that registration fees will be waived for undergraduates presenting posters during this session, but it is important that they submit their abstracts (abstract fees will still apply) and register through APS.

*Please indicate if you plan to attend when you register so we can get an accurate count for food purchases

Awards Banquet (Included with registration*)

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30 PM

*Please indicate if you plan to attend when you register so we can get an accurate count for food purchases.  

Guest Banquet Ticket ($45.00)
Note: Your meeting registration includes ONE ticket to the awards banquet. You will only need to purchase another banquet ticket if you are bringing a guest to the awards banquet.

Fusarium Workshop ($100)

Friday, April 5, 2019 (1:30 to 5:00 pm lecture series at Days Inn) – Saturday, April 6, 2019 (8:00 am to 4:00 pm lab sessions on the Penn State Campus – 103 Buckhout Lab)

Maximum number: 32

The Fusarium Workshop will be facilitated by Dr. David Geiser, who is Director of the Fusarium Research Center at Penn State. As a leading Fusarium expert, Dr. Geiser curates the world's largest collection of cultures of Fusarium, one of the most important genera of toxigenic and pathogenic fungi. The focus of this combined lecture and hands-on laboratory workshop will be on Fusarium species mostly likely to be encountered by a plant pathologist in the region: F. solani and F. oxysporum Species Complexes; F. reticulatum Species Complex; F. sambucinum Species Complex; F. fujikuroi Species Complex; and F. incarnatum-equiseti, F. lateritium Species Complexes (exact species complexes subject to change). Fee will cover breaks both days, and lunch on Saturday as well as workshop materials. At the Days Inn Penn State, a block of rooms has been reserved Friday night at a reduced rate ($124 plus tax) for participants.



Click here for APS abstract instructions

Abstracts must be submitted online​. Please be sure to indicate (1) if you want to have your abstract published; (2) if you will be giving a poster (undergraduate only) or oral presentation; and (3) if you will be participating in the Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition.

All abstracts must be reviewed by all authors AND peer-reviewed by two additional people. The abstract submission is not deemed complete without your certification of these reviews on the abstract submission form.

For guidance on abstract writing, check out this useful guide "Why We Write Abstracts for APS Meetings—and How We Can Do It Better," by David Gadoury, Cornell University.

Completed abstract submissions will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Graduate students who do not wish to participate in the competition, or whose abstracts were submitted after the 30-presentation cutoff was reached, may choose to present their abstract non-competitively during a contributed paper session. There will be a limited number of slots in the contributed paper sessions, and they will be filled as abstracts are received, so consider submitting an abstract of your original research as soon as possible.

Changes to abstract submissions and abstract withdrawal or reinstatement can only be made before the March 4​, 2019 deadline. Please preview your abstract to ensure that all affiliations, spellings, and formatting are correct.

Abstract Submission Instructions

2) Enter Abstract Title, submitter e-mail, type, and answer three questions.
3) Enter Author information
4) Enter Abstract Text
5) You will receive an e-mail confirmation.
6) A non-refundable $45 submission fee is required at the time you submit your abstract.

For questions or problems regarding the online abstract submission form, contact APS HQ.

Meeting participants submitting abstracts will be notified by NED-Vice President, Dr. Geunhwa Jung, that their abstract will be in the meeting program.

Note: Poster session option is for undergraduate participants only. 

Abstract Payments: An abstract submission fee ($45) is required for ALL abstracts submitted for presentation (oral or poster) at the 2019 NED-APS Meeting. Authors will still have the option to publish or not publish. You must indicate if you want your abstract published or not published on the abstract submission form. Abstract submission fees must be paid at the time of abstract submission.


Fifteen minutes will be allowed for each oral presentation in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition and oral technical sessions with 13 minutes for the presentation and 2 minutes for questions.  Equipment will be available for digital presentations (PowerPoint) via LCD.  Bring your presentation in PowerPoint format (PC compatible) on a USB memory stick. All PowerPoint presentations must be in the standard size (4:3).

APS ​Northeastern Division Meeting History

Northeastern Division Meeting Abstract Archives
  • 2017- Quebec City, Canada​
  • 2016- Ithaca, NY
  • 2015- Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014- Portsmouth, NH
  • 2013- Southbury, CT
  • 2011- New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2010- Northampton, MA
  • 2009- Quebec City, Canada
  • 2008- Newport, RI
  • 2007- Cape May, NJ
  • 2006- Burlington, VT
  • 2005- Geneva, NY
  • 2004- State College, PA
  • 2003- Bedford, NH
  • 2002- Bromont, Québec, Canada
  • 2001- Cromwell, CT
  • 2000- North Falmouth, MA​