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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​International Year of Plant Health 2020​


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Healthy plants constitute the foundation for all life on earth, making up the oxygen we breathe and over 80% of the food we eat. Plant health is the key to the sustainable intensification of agriculture to feed the growing global population by 2050. Thus, recognition, advocacy, and support for the promotion of plant health is of paramount importance if the international community is to guarantee plant resources for a food secure world based ​on stable and sustainable ecosystems. With this in mind, in July 2017, the FAO Conference approved a draft resolution requesting the General Assembly of the United Nations to consider declaring 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

Read more about the International Year of Plant Health alo​ng with the Official Press Release

Learn about the Congressional Activities for IYPH 2020


​APS Involvement in IYPH 2020​

APS will be celebrating the International Year of Plant Health in 2020, and would like your help in identifying opportunities to reach audiences about the importance of plant health. To start the process, ten monthly themes have been identified within which many different messages can be crafted. For example, the Public Policy Board will be crafting messages for C​​ongress and can help you develop and deliver messages to your local Congress-person. APS members at Ohio State are working with their library to set up a display about Healthy Plants and why they are important for human health, our kitchen tables, and how new technologies can help us feed the world's growing population. 


We ask all Offices, Boards, Committees, and individuals to talk and plan together at the Plant Health 2019 Meeting or in conference calls, and sign up for the activities for which you will be leaders. As you co​mmit​ to an activity, you can submit that information while at the meeting in Cleveland, or you can submit it on this site. We will post the various activities on this site so others will be inspired and motivated by your efforts. In addition, i​f you have an idea for an activity that you'd like APS to consider, you can submit those here.​​

Sign up to Lead an Activity  Submit Additional Suggestions for Activities​​

Thank you in advance for your participation in this great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of Healthy Plants!​

IYPH 2020 Themes: 

JANUARY: Plant Health to Combat World Hunger 

  • Highlight Efforts to Provide Disease Resistance
  • Sustainable Production to Feed the World
  • Include Both Traditional and Biotech Breeding Approaches
  • Soils (Mineral Nutrition and Role in Plant Disease Development)
  • Phytobiome and Microbiome
  • Plant Based Foods for the Future

FEBRUARY: Plant Health for Healthy Humans

  • Plants are a Critical Source of Nutrients
  • Plants have Positive Effects on Mood, Air Quality, etc. 
  • Taxol is an anti-cancer drug from Yew plants
  • Salicylic acid, the primary metabolite in aspirin, was discovered in Salix (willow)
  • More than 70% of drugs come from plants; those plants and others are used as herbal remedies
  • Leverage Public Interest in Med​icinal Plants and Pharmaceuticals
  • How Plant Virus Research has Furthered Human Virus Understanding

MARCH: Plant Health for Sustainable Forests

  • Forests Improve Air Quality
  • Important to Peoples' Recreation and Overall Health
  • Forests Require Systems Approaches for Management
  • Threats to our Forests: Emerging Pests, Pathogens and Climate Change, Forest Fires

APRIL: Healthy Plants for a Healthy Planet

  • Healthy Plants = Healthy Ecosystems = Healthy Planet = Healthy Air
  • Sustainable Food, Feed, Fiber, and Forests
  • Plants Provide Continuous Oxygen for all Metabolic Cycles
  • Symbiosis and Plant-Microbe Associations that Promote Nitrogen Uptake and other Important Functions
  • Plants Play a Critical Role in Cleaning Up Soil Pollutants​

MAY: Plant Health and Bugs

  • Plant Health Depends on Healthy Pollinator Populations
  • Insect Pests Threaten Plant Health and Require Management in Agriculture, Forests, and Rangelands – Gypsy Moth, Fall Armyworm, Invasive Species, etc. 
  • Some "Bugs" vector Plant Pathogens that Cause Serious Diseases

JUNE: Plant Health for Urban Gardens and Your Backyard

  • ​Highlight Garden-Related Issues Such as Basil Blight and Impatients Down Mildew ​​
  • Urban Gardens Revitalize Cities
  • Vertical Gardens, Aquaculture
  • Master Gardner's are a Resource for this Topic
  • Diagnostics and National Plant Diagnostic Network are Important for Management

​AUGUST: Healthy Plants and Your Kitchen Table

  • Disease Threatening Your Breakfast! Bananas, Citrus, Coffee, etc. 
  • What Would You do Without Chocolate?
  • Cooking with Basil
  • Healthy Foods for Your Family Rely on Healthy Plants​

SEPTEMBER: Plant Health in a Changing Climate

  • Impact of Weather on Plant Disease Occurrence and Development
  • Epidemics and Famine Associated with Climatic Events
  • Spread of Diseases/Pests and Introduction of New Diseases in a Warming Climate
  • Emerging Diseases Due to Changes in Climate​

OCTOBER: Technological Advances for Plant Health

  • Gene Editing, GMOs, New Technologies and Opportunities
  • Phytobiomes
  • Big Data​
  • Precision Ag
  • GIS Farming, Robotic Production , Mechanization, etc. (Lots of Articles Recently on the Intensity of Food Production in Holland, a Tiny Country)​

NOVEMBER: Plant Health and Treasure Troves from the Past

  • Build on the Past for a Better Future
  • Look to History for Improvements
  • Where Does our Food Come From? 
  • In the U.S. Few of our Food Crops are Native – Where did They Come From?