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​​Southern Division Meeting

​The 2020 APS Southern Div​ision Meeting will be held February 9-12​, 2020
in conjunction with the Southern​​ Integrated Pest Management Center (SIPMC) and the
Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN)​ at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.​​

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​Please read through the​ following sections carefully as there are many important details ​for the meeting.


Preliminary Program (updated 12/6/19)

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​2020 Meeting Dates to Remember​​​

December 4, 2019

* Abstract Submission Deadline – Submit Abstract​

Nomination Submission Deadline: SD-APS Vice President – Submit nominations to Rebecca Melanson
(rebecca.melanson@msstate.edu). Please include “SD-APS VP Nomination" in the subject line.

Application Submission Deadline: Graduate Student Research Award CompetitionSubmit abstract online, indicate competition participation on the submission form, submit abstract to Fulya Baysal-Gurel ​(fbaysalg@tnstate.edu). Please include “SD-APS Research Competition" in the subject line.

Application Submission Deadline: Graduate Student Poster CompetitionSubmit abstract online​, indicate competition participation on the submission form, submit abstract to Fulya Baysal-Gurel ​(fbaysalg@tnstate.edu). Please include “SD-APS Poster Competition" in the subject line.

Application Submission Deadline: Graduate Student and Post-Doc Travel Grant – Submit applications to Fulya Baysal-Gurel (fbaysalg@tnstate.edu). Please include “SD-APS Travel Grant" in the subject line.


December 17, 2019

Nomination Submission Deadline: Outstanding Plant Pathologist and Donald M. Ferrin Memorial Service Award – Submit nominations to Shaker Kousik (shaker.kousik@usda.gov).

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.

January 8, 2020

Early Registration Deadline:​  Deadline for receiving advanced registration rate and for registering for the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory Tour and the Middleton Place Tours and for the SPDN-sponsored workshops on February 9.

Nomination Submission Deadline: Graduate Student Representative – Submit nominations to Rebecca Melanson (rebecca.melanson@msstate.edu). Please include “SD-APS Graduate Student Representative Nomination" in the subject line.

Award Notifications Deadline – Travel Grant applicants will be notified of the decisions of their application.

January 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Hotel Reservation Deadline – Deadline for room reservations at the Francis Marion Hotel at the group rate.

January 27, 2020

Regular Registration Deadline:  ​Dead​line for receiving regular registration rate and for registering for the Careers 101 Workshop and the Graduate Student/Post-doc Social/Meeting.​


February 9-12, 2020

*​ 97th SD-APS Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina

2020 Meeting Highlights

Why Do These Pathogens Have Legs? Disease-Like Anthropods and Their Identification (Workshop)

Sunday, February 9, 2020; 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM; cost: $15 (registration required)

Many times, plant pathologists receive samples that their clients suspect to be diseased, but it turns out that the damage has been caused by insects or other arthropods. Join this workshop, led by Dr. Matt Bertone (North Carolina State University) to learn about the critters that are tough to find, make weird symptoms, or are common but difficult to identify. Scale insects, tiny wood boring beetles and eriophyid mites will be some of the featured arthropods. This workshop is sponsored by the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network. You must register by January 27, 2020, to reserve a spot for this event. There is a limit of 38 spots for this event.


Tools for Phytophthora Identification (Workshop)

Sunday, February 9, 2020; 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM; cost: $15 (registration required)

Phytophthora specie​s are some of the most damaging plant pathogens that growers face. Plant pathologists have developed selective media that are very effective for isolating these pathogens, but how do we know when species identification is important or necessary? This workshop, led by Dr. Steve Jeffers (Clemson University), will cover how to identify isolates as belonging to the genus Phytophthora and how to identify some of the most common species of Phytophthora—all using morphological characters. In addition, bioassay methods for detection and recovery of Phytophthora spp. in the environment will be covered. Professionals and students interested in field pathology, diagnostics, and applied plant pathology are encouraged to attend. This workshop is sponsored by the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network. You must register by January 27, 2020, to reserve a spot for this event. There is a limit of 38 spots for this event.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, February 9, 2020; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM; cost: FREE (registration required)

Gather and visit with your fellow SD-APS Meeting attendees at The Francis Marion Hotel before the scientific program begins. Appetizers will be available, and a cash bar is anticipated. Please indicate if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food purchases.

Careers 101 Workshop: Strategic Conversations 101

Tuesday, February 10​, 2020; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM; cost: FREE (registration required)

Not all conversations are easy, and professionals should have a tactical approach for challenging situations.  Whether having a difficult conversation with a colleague, giving constructive feedback, negotiating your salary, or just saying “no," it is important to know what to do when challenging situations arise. This workshop will provide students and early career professionals with some tips for developing critical interpersonal skills. Lunch will be provided. Workshop is intended for early career professionals, postdocs, and students. You must register by January 27, 2020, to reserve a spot for this event.

Graduate Student/Post-doc Social/Meeting

Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM; 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. Social/meeting will take place at the Francis Marion Hotel. You must register by January 27, 2020, to reserve a spot for this event.

Awards Banquet

Tuesday, February 11, 2020; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; cost: FREE (included with registration)

Join your SD-APS colleagues for a final night of networking and to recognize your 2020 SD-APS award winners. Additional tickets to the awards banquet are available for purchase if you plan to bring a guest.

U.S. Vegetable Laboratory Tour

Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM; cost: FREE (registration required)

Participants will visit the USDA, ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in Charleston and learn about ongoing research on vegetable crops including sweetpotato, watermelon, melon and brassicas. Participants will visit labs and greenhouses at the facility and talk to scientists (breeders, entomologists, pathologists) engaged in cutting-edge research. Breakfast will be provided. Directions to and from the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory will be provided for people to carpool from the hotel to the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory. Transportation will be provided for those people who do not have a way to get there. If at least 10 people are not registered for this event by January 8, 2020 (early registration deadline), the tour will be canceled.​

Middleton Place Tour

Wednesday, February 12, 2020; 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM; cost: $15/students (with student ID), $29/adults (registration required)

Description: Participants will not only take a tour of Middleton Place, a former rice plantation, but will visit a rice mill and also hear from rice production experts Dr. Merle Shepard and Dr. ​Tracy Todd about how Carolina Gold, the grandfather of long-grain rice in the Americas, came to the Carolinas. Participants of this tour will leave from the US Vegetable Laboratory and stop by a local restaurant for lunch (on your own) before heading to Middleton Plantation. Participants will be able to drive on their own (addresses for all stops will be provided). However, transportation will be provided for those people who do not have a way to get there. Participants will be returned to the Francis Marion Hotel. For more information on Middleton Place, visit https://www.middletonplace.org/. If at least 10 people are not registered for this event by January 8, 2020 (early registration deadline), the tour will be canceled.

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