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for July 29, 2020
Plant Health 2020 Online!
Plant Health 2020, with live and prerecorded special sessions, plenaries, poster presentations, and technical sessions, will take place completely online in August. Our virtual format allows you to choose from three registration tiers. The free Basic tier provides website access to content during scheduled meeting times, and the robust Premium and Unlimited tiers provide on-demand access any time you want. This year's virtual conference will also provide you the opportunity to network with your plant pathology peers from around the world. Learn more about Plant Health 2020 Online and register today!
Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is among the most important diseases of soybean in the United States. The use of biological control agents such as Trichoderma spp. can be effective in suppressing populations of the SDS pathogen, F. virguliforme. Pimentel et al. highlight the potential of native Trichoderma isolates to inhibit F. virguliforme growth and reduce SDS severity, providing the basis for future implementation of biological control in soybean production.
The reniform nematode is one of the most common pests of cotton and can cause severe economic damage. To assess the extent of damage, Dyer et al. conducted field trials comparing a clean field with a reniform nematode-infested field. They found that, when averaged over 2 years, cotton yields were 50% lower in the infested field compared with the clean field.
Hily et al. describe how systematic datamining of available high-throughput sequence data can be used to develop virus pan-genomes. The genomes of two grapevine-infecting trichoviruses, Grapevine Pinot gris virus (GPGV) and Grapevine berry inner necrosis virus (GINV), were assembled from grapevine RNA-seq and small RNA-seq data. GPGV and GINV show very distinct genetic diversity traits, suggesting that they do not have the same evolutionary scenario. In addition, GINV has a more restricted geographical occurrence, whereas GPGV appears to be dispersed worldwide.
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