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2018 Potomac Division Meeting



The main theme of this year's APS Potomac Division meeting is ‘Healthy Plants Healthy People’ that aligns with the work every plant pathologist does on a regular basis.  Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Mary Palm who is the APS President. Her talk will be "What does the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity Mean for You?" The first of our three research symposia will discuss emerging plant diseases in the Mid-Atlantic and their management with the promise to represent a true cross-section of basic and applied plant pathology followed by the afternoon student oral paper competition. The second symposium will bring the latest advanced technologies on plant pathogen detection. Our last of three symposia will focus on disease etiology, ecology and epidemiology. We have also reserved space for a limited number of contributed paper sessions throughout the meeting for those who like to present their research.  Our Banquet Speaker on Thursday, March 22nd will present science to entertain all of us! This year’s banquet speaker will be Robert McDuffie from Virginia Tech who will be giving a nice overview of his world travels titled “Plants in Paradise:  garden ideas from across the globe!”


Hotel Information

Princess Royale Hotel

91st Street Oceanfront, Ocean City, MD 21842



If you would like to nominate a colleague for the APS Potomac Division position of Secretary-Treasurer (term 2018-2019), or for the 2018 Distinguished Service Award, please send nominations to Matt Kasson ( ).

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: Assateague State Park (initiating contact with MDNR folks)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Meet in hotel lobby at 12:45 for 1 pm departure.

2) Leadership Institute: A professional development workshop: This will be an interactive session on how to build your strongest CV and evaluate them from the perspective of a potential employer! (for graduates and post-docs) Wednesday, March 21 from 5:30 - 7 pm. Additional cost: $5/ participant

3) *New Event*: Friday morning student breakfast with the APS President and 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

Abstract submission (deadline March 12th).  

Contributed Talks: We have reserved space on the agenda for a limited number of 10-20 minute contributed talks by attendees on Friday morning, March 23. If you would like to contribute a presentation, please e-mail Mahfuz Rahman ( a title and/or brief description by Tuesday, March 12, 2018.

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2018 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:

Abstract Submission Instructions (deadline is March 12, 2018) 

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 $50 publication fee is required and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration form.

Changes to abstract submissions and abstract withdrawl or reinstatement can only be made on or before the March 4.  Please preview your abstract to ensure that all affiliations, spellings, and formatting are correct as there will not be an opportunity to make any changes after the submission for closes.

For questions or problems regarding the online abstract submission form, contact the APS Events Coordinator, by email


Meeting Registration (deadline for advanced registration rate is March 12, 2018)

Online Registration is now Closed



Thank you for your support of the 2018 Division Meeting!