Kicking off the meeting, plant pathologists were presented with details about new national initiatives for plant biosecurity designed to protect the nation's crops from both intentional and non-intentional plant pathogen introductions. Information about recent technological advances that allow the determination of entire genome sequences of plant pathogens and their host plants were also presented. "These new discoveries will definitely improve the science of plant pathology and our ability to enhance the security of our crops, rangelands, forests, and natural environments," said APS President Jacqueline Fletcher.
Other upcoming sessions include:
National Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostics Network: A Federal-State Partnership for Homeland Security. Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Eastern Time In 2002 the National Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic Network was established for homeland security of agricultural production. This session will serve as an update and forum for further thinking on the best way to achieve the objectives of the network.
Is Soybean Rust too close for comfort? Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 2-5 p.m. Eastern Time Industry experts will discuss the potential impact this devastating disease may have on U.S. agriculture. This session will cover methods of detection and identification, fungicide control, disease modeling for the U.S., and a presentation of the new USDA Soybean Rust Action Plan.
The United Soybean Board will hold a press teleconference on Tuesday, August 12 from 10-11 a.m. Eastern Time.
Oak Disease Threats Worldwide. Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern Time
A growing number of reports of local and regional episodes of oak mortality, outbreaks of n
Contact: Amy Steigman
American Phytopathological Society