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2016 Potomac Division Meeting

March 23-25, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia



2016 Potomac Division Meeting Program and Schedule
(posted 3/22/16)

The main theme of this year's meeting is ‘Science to Practice’, in alignment with our national society's initiatives.  Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Sally Miller from The Ohio State University and President of the American Phytopathological Society.  The focus of Dr. Miller’s speech will be on developing and translating practical plant health solutions that are multi-component based and economically and environmentally sustainable. She will speak to the enormous challenges and opportunities facing scientists in a world where increasing populations will require a 60-110% increase in staple crop yields over the next 30 years.

There are three research symposia planned for the meeting, and these also represent a true cross-roads of basic and applied science.  The first symposium tackles the development and use of biological agents as antimicrobials, including some novel new strategies and success stories.  Symposium II takes an in-depth look at the pathogens and microorganisms affecting the health of legumes.  In Symposium III, four leading scientists share tales of successful multi-disciplinary, systems-based plant pathology research as applied to specialty crops. 

We have also reserved space for a limited number of contributed paper sessions throughout the meeting for those who would like to present their research.  An evening Poster Session provides another opportunity to contribute research findings, with participation as a presenter open to all meeting attendees.  And the Industry/Extension meeting and Vendor Show both provide an open venue to provide updates, share research and learn about new product development.

As always, the Potomac Division provides multiple opportunities for students and post-docs to present their research, learn new skills, and get to know other scientists in the field.  This year we have a full line-up of events for students: the Thursday afternoon student oral presentation competition, an evening poster session, a professional development workshop focused on interviewing skills, and a Friday morning breakfast with the symposium speakers.  There is also a new event that brings  award-winning local high school teachers and their students to the meeting.

We are also very pleased to announce that Dr. Joan W. Bennett from Rutgers University will be our Banquet Speaker on Thursday, March 24!

Hotel Information
Omni Richmond Hotel

100 S 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219
You can use the link above to reserve the room and get the discounted rate of $121 by
February 26, 2016. You may also call the following number if link doesn’t take you there.
Phone: 1-800-843-6664/804-344-7000 (number to call to reserve room); reference booking ID number 12200702412 and APS - Potomac Division

If you would like to nominate a colleague for the APS Potomac Division position of Secretary-Treasurer (term 2016-2017), or for the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, please send nominations to Mahfuzur Rahman.

Click here for instructions regarding the Graduate Student competition, Travel Awards, and Undergraduate Student Poster competition. 

Three Events this Year!

1) Free Pre-conference Field Trip: Maymont Park, Richmond, VA ( )

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Meet in hotel lobby at 12:45 for 1 pm departure. This will be a guided tour and attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Maymont mansion; Japanese and Italian inspired garden, wildlife display etc. It should be a good combination of education/plant science and entertainment/fun!

2) Leadership Institute: A professional development workshop to be led by Dr. Bill Schneider: This will be an interactive session on how to develop fundamental interviewing skills and evaluate your own technique from the perspective of a potential employer! (for graduates and post-docs) Wednesday, March 23 from 5:30 - 7 pm. Additional cost: $5/ participant

3) *New Event*: Friday morning student breakfast with the speakers!

Space will be reserved for the students - undergraduate and graduate, to have breakfast with chat with the Symposia, Plenary and Banquet Speakers!


Call for Abstracts (click here for full instructions).
Abstract submission closed March 11, 2016.

Contributed Talks: We have reserved space on the agenda for a limited number of 10-20 minute contributed talks by attendees on Thursday morning, March 24, and Friday morning, March 25. If you would like to contribute a presentation, please e-mail JoAnne Crouch ( a title and/or brief description by Friday, March 4, 2016.

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2016 Potomac Division Meeting. Abstracts must be submitted online (see instructions below). The $50 fee applies for your submission(s) if you would like your abstract published and will be collected when you register for the meeting. We encourage students to participate in the competition - please check the box "This paper is for the student paper competition" in the online abstract submission form. Below are the instructions for submitting your abstract:

Below are the instructions for submitting your abstract:

2) Enter presentation type, title and abstract
3) Add presenter and author information
4) Remember to fully edit and proof your abstract before submitting. APS will not edit abstract submissions; they will be published online and in print as submitted.

5) A pop up will confirm your submisision and you will receive an e-mail notification that your abstract has been submitted.
6) A $50 publication fee is required if you would like your abstract published, and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration form.

You can withdraw or reinstate your abstract submission before the deadline.
For questions or problems regarding the online abstract submission form, contact Bill Klein, APS Abstract Registrar, at

Meeting Registration 

Online Registration (click this link to register online)
(please note you must be logged into APSnet to register online)

By Phone
Call APS Meeting Registrar, Glenys Natera at: Telephone: +1.212.460.9700; Fax: +1.212.460.5460, Email:

By Fax/Mail
Click here to print a pdf of the registration form that can be faxed or mailed to APS Headquarters.
(Note: we do not recommend sending your credit card information via e-mail since it is not secure. Please fax, phone, or mail your credit card information.)