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The 100th SD-APS Annual Meeting was held at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC​ from February 13-16, 2023.


Meeting Dates to Remember

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Monday, January 2, 2023

  • Advance/Early Registration Deadline – Register early and save some money! Regular registration begins January 3, 2023.

  • Presenter Registration Deadline – Presenters of submitted abstracts must register by this date to prevent abstracts being pulled from the program.​

Friday, January 13, 2023

  • Scientific Program and Student Competition Notification Deadlines – Participants in the scientific program, Graduate Student Research Award Competition, and Graduate Student Poster Competition will be notified as to abstract acceptance as an oral or poster presentation and/or participation in the Graduate Student Research Award Competition or Graduate Student Poster Competition.

  • Nomination Submission Deadline: Graduate Student Representative – Submit nominations to Rebecca Melanson ( Please include “SD-APS Graduate Student Representative Nomination” in the subject line.

  • Award Notifications Deadlines – Scholarship applicants will be notified of the decisions of their application.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

  • Registration Deadline – Deadline to register for the SPDN Core Accreditation Program Workshop, Careers 101 Workshop, Graduate Student Business Meeting & Networking Event, and Research Triangle Park Excursion.

  • Regular Registration Deadline – Late registration rates begin on January 20, 2023!

February 13-16, 2023

  • 100th SD-APS Annual Meeting in conjunction with SPDN and EVCWG

Meeting Highlights 

Workshop – SPDN Core Accreditation Program

Monday, February 13, 2023; 8:00 AM ET – 12:00 PM ET; Cost: FREE (registration required)

The National Plant Diagnostic Network has released the Core standard for the NPDN accreditation program. This workshop will serve as an opportunity to review the standard and then together progress through the templates available for master documents. The outcome of the workshop will be an understanding of how the Core Accreditation Program can be applied in any NPDN lab, and the output will be that each participant will leave the workshop with a head start on all of the minimum documents necessary to apply accreditation in their own lab. Since this accreditation will be required of all NPDN labs by the end of the current cooperative agreement in 2026, this workshop will support the timely progression towards completion of the necessary documents and activities. Participants are required to bring a laptop and to have an active account within the NPDN Learning Management System. Break refreshments included. Registration is required, SPDN members have priority seating.Registration by January 19, 2023, is required in order to participate in this workshop. There is a limit of 30 attendees for this workshop.
For more information , please contact Carrie Harmon (

Graduate Student Research Competition

Tuesday, February 14, 2023; Times TBD ET

Tune in for the highly anticipated Graduate Student Research Competition! For general information about the competition, please visit the Graduate Student Research Award Competition webpage.

Graduate Student Poster Competition

Tuesday, February 14-15, 2023; 8:00 PM ET - 5:00 PM ET

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the meeting. For general information about the competition, please visit the Graduate Student Poster Competition webpage.

Poster Technical Session

Tuesday, February 14-15, 2023; 8:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the meeting.​

Careers 101 Workshop: Networking

Tuesday, February 14, 2023; 11:30 AM ET – 1:00 PM ET; Cost: FREE (registration required)

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. Lunch will be provided. Workshop is intended for early career professionals, postdocs, and students. Registration by January 19, 2023, is required in order to participate in this workshop.

For more information about this event, please contact: Nicole Gauthier (  

Graduate Student Business Meeting & Networking Event

Tuesday, February 14, 2023; 5:15 PM ET – 6:30 PM ET; Cost: FREE (registration required)

Get to know your fellow graduate students and post-docs and discuss the role and future goals of graduate students and postdocs within the Division. Be sure to join in to learn the results of the Graduate Student Representative election and meet your new Graduate Student Representative!

Registration by January 19, 2023, is required in order to participate in this event. For more information, please contact: Shelly Pate ( or Milan Panth (

Welcome Reception & Poster Viewing

Tuesday, February 14, 2023; 6:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET

Join meeting attendees for an evening of networking while viewing posters from SPDN and SD-APS members of ongoing work. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Symposium: 100 Years of Plant Pathology in the Southern U.S.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 8:00 AM ET – 9:30 AM ET

Attend this special symposium to celebrate the centennial meeting of the Southern Division APS! Invited presentations will discuss plant pathology history in the southern U.S. over the last 100 years and predictions for the future of plant pathology in the southern US.

Industry Symposium

Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 10:00 AM ET – 11:30 AM ET

The success of the annual Southern Division APS meeting is highly dependent upon on sponsors! Join us in this session as we give the floor to our sponsors.

Business Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 11:30 AM ET – 1:30 PM ET

JJoin your SD-APS colleagues for the official business meeting led by the SD-APS Executive Committee to review the Division business and hear an update from APS Council.

Oral Technical Session

Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 2:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET

The scientific program continues with oral presentations from membership throughout the Southern Division!

Awards Banquet

Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 6:00 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET;
Join your SD-APS colleagues for the final night awards banquet to recognize our scholarship recipients, student competition winners, 2023 Outstanding Plant Pathologist, and 2023 Donald M. Ferrin Memorial Service Award recipient. Be sure not to leave before the highly anticipated reading of the 2023 SD-APS Meeting Resolutions!

Research Triangle Park Excursion

Thursday, February 16, 2023; 8:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET; Cost: $20 (registration required)
Several companies, North Carolina State University, and several USDA offices are uniquely positioned in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area to foster a collaborative environment to tackle significant impacts to plant production in the United States. Tour the newly built NCSU Plant Sciences Building, interact with government and university leadership, and tour companies in RTP where innovative and cutting-edge plant pathology and plant science research is being conducted. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided.

Registration by January 19, 2023, is required in order to participate in this event. There is a limit of 20 attendees for this tour.

Emerging Viruses in Cucurbits Working Group Meeting

Thursday, February 16, 2023; 10:00 AM ET – 3:00 PM ET
The Emerging Viruses of Cucurbits Working Group (EVCWG) established in 2022 through funding provided by the Southern Region IPM Center will hold its fourth meeting as a hybrid meeting in Durham and virtually. The mission of the EVCWG is to improve communication and knowledge about viruses across the cucurbit industry and develop strategies to successfully identify and mitigate virus threats to cucurbit production in the U.S. Meeting is for EVCWG members only. For more information, please contact EVCWG Co-chairs: Rebecca A. Melanson ( and Bill Wintermantel

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