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​2024 Joint Meeting of the APS Pacific Division and Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens

​The APS Pacific Division Annual Meeting was held March 26–28, 2024, in Corvallis, Oregon. This was a joint meeting between the APS Pacific Division and the Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens.

Meeting Location:

Oregon State University
Memorial Union
2501 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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APS Pacific Division Symposium: Parsing Big Data for Big Impacts in Pathology

  • Our keynote speakers explain how they use new tools for big data science to create lasting, impactful research in plant pathology and related disciplines. From genomics to microbiome studies, our power to explore plants, pathogens, and their interactions is growing exponentially each year, and this information is informing and improving our ability to predict and control disease. Speakers include Dr. Alexandra Weisberg of Oregon State University, Dr. Amisha Poret-Peterson of USDA-ARS, and Dr. Luke Hillary of the University of California, Davis.

Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens Symposium:

  • Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jay Pscheidt, provides a career retrospective on his time as a plant pathologist. Dr. Pscheidt will look back on his 35-year career as Oregon State University Extension Plant Pathology Specialist and share highlights, insights, and advice to current and future plant pathologists.

Meeting Dates to Remember

January 29, 2024

February 5, 2024

  • Ballots sent out to chapter for election
  • Student Travel Grant​ Applications due Deadline extended

February 9, 2024

  • Advance Registration Ends

February 23, 2024

February 28, 2024

March 26-28, 2024

  • Joint Meeting of APS Pacific Division and the Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens

Agenda At-A-Glance

March 26th

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Field Tour
6:00 p.m.Careers 101
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Mixer at Marriott Hotel

March 27th

8:00 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m.Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. APS Pacific Division Symposium
10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Oral Presentations
6:00 p.m.Dinner Banquet

March 28th:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens Symposium and Travel Award Presentations
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Oral Presentations (continued)
4:00 p.m. Meeting Closing Remarks
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Disease Note Workshop
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Closing Social at Common Field

Meeting Highlights

Field Tour:  

Tuesday, March 26, 2024; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Cost: $50 (registration required, transportation and lunch included)

Join us for a tour of Fall Creek Farm and Nursery and the Dorena Genetic Resource Center.

Fall Creek Farm and Nursery specializes in blueberry breeding and production. The tour of their farm will emphasize their commitment to maintaining disease-free breeding material through all parts of their production system.

The Dorena Genetic Resource Center is a USDA Forest Service tree breeding/genetics center. The Center has been in operation since 1966 and provides genetic resources to the forest industry. The Center is a world leader in breeding for disease resistance and generating seed for reforestation and restoration in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Cooperators include federal agencies, states, Canadian groups, tribes,  and private organizations. The Center is also the USFS national training center for tree climbing certification, a regional center for gene conservation of forest tree seed, and active in native species restoration activities.

Careers 101 Workshop

Tuesday, March 26, 2024; 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Cost: FREE (registration required)

Registration is free but required. This year we are guiding our early career members through Job Docs 101! Need help drafting a cover letter? Interested in how to write the most impactful teaching, research, or extension statement? Want to know more about diversity, equity, and inclusion statements? Then this workshop is for you! Join us for discussion and helpful tips on these important documents.

How to Write A Disease Note Workshop

Thursday, March 28, 2024; 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; Cost: $10 (registration required)
Have you ever wanted to report on a new disease but did not know where to start? Have you read the First Reports in APS publications and wanted to give it a shot yourself? Join us to learn the principles of writing Disease Notes! These short, but important publications help us to track host-pathogen relationships around the world and have strict requirements for publication.  We will walk participants through the process of putting together their own Disease Note.

Hotel Information

Courtyard Marriott
400 SW 1st Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

Room Rate: $204 a night