Hi! Here's your News Capsule
for January 9, 2020
International Year of Plant Health
APS is excited to celebrate the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020 with activities that highlight the importance of plant health to our world. Several APS initiatives are already underway, but to fully utilize this opportunity to teach others about the importance of plant health, we need you to plan activities, too. A soon-to-be launched APS IYPH website will provide tools related to 10 monthly themes that will help you plan your own activity, such as the great new logo (shown above), summary materials, infographics, podcasts, and templates for posters, stickers, and more. Together, we can use this year's IYPH initiative to raise awareness of the importance of healthy plants!
The development of reverse genetics systems for a growing number of plant viruses since the late1900s has facilitated the identification of viral determinants involved in replication, movement, vector transmission, host range, and pathogenicity. Studies on virus–host and virus–vector interactions have advanced understanding even further. This focus issue highlights these virological advances.
Camas, a perennial wetland crop, is culturally significant to native peoples in the Pacific Northwest. To help restore camas plants to their native habitats, Freed et al. evaluated the fungal communities present across six habitats. They discovered that the camas leaf, root, rhizosphere, and seed communities shared 68 taxa. How these taxa influence the local adaptation of camas seedlings to new wetland environments requires further investigation.
This focus issue includes four reviews and several research articles covering a variety of current topics examining the cell biology of virus–plant and virus–vector interactions, including cellular RNA hubs, plasmodesmal functioning, tripartite interactions, mechanisms of host defense suppression, and biotechnological approaches to induce host resistance.
New APS podcast
“Focus on Cotton” webcast
How does mineral nutrition affect plant disease?
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