NEWSLETTER ON PLANT PATHOLOGY
Newsletter 32 (1) February 2002
Registered Charity No 1065521)
for the Newsletter is invited from individual members of ISPP, Associated
Societies, Council members, Chairs of all Committees and representatives
of Affiliated Societies and Supporting Organisations.
Editor, Brian J. Deverall,
In this issue:
Summit: five years later" to be held in 2002
FAO will host a global meeting from 10
to 13 June 2002 to review progress towards ending hunger. The meeting, the World
Food Summit: five years later, is meant to
track progress achieved since the 1996 World Food Summit and consider ways to
accelerate the process.
The meeting was originally scheduled
for 5-9 November 2001 but was delayed in the aftermath of the 11 September
attacks in the United States. "The purpose of this event is to give new
impetus to worldwide efforts on behalf of hungry people," says Dr Jacques
Diouf, Director-General of FAO. "We must raise both the political will and
the financial resources to fight hunger. The international community has
repeatedly declared that it is dedicated to the eradication of poverty.
Eliminating hunger is a vital first step."
FAO data shows that the number of
undernourished is falling at an average rate of only 6 million each year, far
below the rate of 22 million per year needed to reach the 1996 World Food Summit
target. Although headway has been made and some striking success has occurred in
individual countries and communities, much remains to be done.
World leaders will be requested to
outline the measures needed to achieve the 1996 goal, and make suggestions on
how to accelerate progress. They are also expected to consider how to increase
resources available for agricultural and rural development.
At the World Food Summit in 1996,
representatives of 185 nations and the European Community pledged to work
towards eradicating hunger. As an essential first step, they set a target of
reducing the number of hungry people by half by 2015. Updates can be seen at
A new home for
Descriptions of Plant Viruses
Phil Jones, AAB News Editor at <email@example.com>
advises that the AAB Descriptions of Plant Viruses (DPV)
was released on CD (for PCs) in September 1998. In addition to the plant virus
descriptions, it includes an up-to-date summary of plant virus taxonomy and
brief descriptions of the families and genera. Within this framework there are
lists of the accession numbers of sequences for each plant virus and, for
selected sequences, additional software draws a graphical map of the sequence
features and allows users to extract the DNA, RNA or peptide sequence of any
feature. Regular free updates and a major upgrade have been provided as
downloads from the web site.
Work is now well in hand to convert DPV
to an online service. This will make improvements and updates to the software
and databases immediately available to all users without any distribution costs.
Further improvements to the program are
also in hand and the latest version will have:
* a total of over 380 virus
or viroid descriptions with regular additions or revisions commissioned by
* up to date taxonomic information
(lists of names, synonyms, acronyms and genus and brief family and genus
descriptions) for all viruses, viroids and satellites infecting plants, fungi
and protozoa and for animal viruses in families with plant-infecting members
* lists of the sequence accession
numbers for all viruses, viroids and satellites infecting plants, fungi and
protozoa (currently around 6000 sequences) carefully checked to
ensure accurate and up to date nomenclature
* featured sequences with map
software for all significant sequences (every complete sequence and partial
sequences that include one or more complete genes) of every virus, viroid and
satellite infecting plants, fungi and protozoa and a representative sequence
for each completely sequenced animal virus in families with plant-infecting
members. More than 3200 sequences are currently available and these will be
augmented regularly as new sequences become available.
We hope the web site will prove to be a
major resource for plant (and other) virologists. Access to the individual virus
descriptions will be by modest annual subscription to fund the continuation of
the project, but existing subscribers and contributors will receive special
terms. The remainder of the site, with its taxonomic and sequence information
will be freely available to all users. We plan to launch the web site in
February 2002 for a free trial access period. At the same time, a final upgrade
of the CD version will be made available.
Details of the address and subscription
arrangements will soon appear on the AAB, IACR Rothamsted and SCRI web sites
based in the UK. The current DPV team consists of Teifion Jones and David
Robinson at SCRI as description editors, with John Antoniw and Mike Adams from
IACR-Rothamsted responsible for the web site, software, taxonomic and sequence
Phil Jones - Association of Applied
Biologists (web site: http://www.aab.org.uk).
ICPP2003 - The 8th International
Congress of Plant Pathology (incorporating the 14th Biennial Australasian Plant
Pathology Conference) will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from Sunday 2
to Friday 7 February 2003. The Call for Papers and Registration Brochure is now
Contact details: Congress Secretariat,
Professional Development Group, P O Box 84, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New
Zealand; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Phone: +64-3-325-2811,
extension 8955; Fax: +64-3-325-3685. See the website: <http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/icpp2003>.
Bursary Fund for
International Congress in 2003 (ICPP2003)
It is just about12 months until the
ICPP 2003 meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The organising committees are excited
with the progress towards another highly successful meeting with registrations
of interest already over 1,500. The Final Registration Circular is about to be
distributed to all of those who have indicated an interest in attending.
As in previous years a Bursary Fund has
been established to assist attendance by talented post graduate students and
staff at Universities and other Institutes, who can not obtain complete funding
in their own country. An application form is included in the Final Registration
Our focus on awarding assistance from
the Bursary Fund will be on post-graduate students and staff at Universities and
other Institutes from developing countries where complete funding is not
We are assuming that funding for
similar post-graduate students or promising staff will be available from
affiliated organisations. To assist us in our planning can you please confirm
whether or not your organisation will be providing similar assistance, and if
so, the number of Bursaries your organisation will be awarding .
For further copies of the Final
Registration Circular, please contact Helen Shrewsbury at <email@example.com>.
Your assistance towards a successful IPPC 2003 is greatly appreciated. We look
forward to seeing you in Christchurch, New Zealand from 2 to 7 February 2003.
Dr Pim Sanderson, Bursary Fund Manager,
A Special Event for
ISPP: The 2003 Congress (ICPP2003)
The ISPP President, Dr Peter Scott, has
sent an e-mail to ISPP councillors, committee chairs and task force members
welcoming them to 2002, and emphasising that we are within a year of the 8th
International Congress of Plant Pathology <http://events.lincoln.ac.nz/icpp2003/>
in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-7 February 2001 (ICPP2003). With the Executive
Committee of ISPP <http://www.isppweb.org/about_executive.asp>, he looks forward
to seeing many at ICPP2003, a very exciting occasion, as the program makes
clear. This is on the website, or available from the organisers at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
He points out the Special Role of ISPP
Councillors, who will be contacted during the year several times through ISPP-LIST.
An impression will be sought of their wishes for ISPP, and opportunities will be
presented to influence the international world of plant pathology. Through their
special role in ISPP, each has a personal opportunity to do this on behalf of
the Associated Society that they represent <http://www.isppweb.org/about_associated.asp>.
The next Meeting of ISPP Councillors
during ICPP 2003 in New Zealand is being planned. This will be a key opportunity
to exercise responsibilities, and councillors are asked to start thinking about
the issues to be raised.
The following lists should be
immediately checked and updated:
The lists are not fully up to date so
advice is needed. Wherever possible we would like an e-mail address. Also please
send views about what issues should be discussed by the Council, now or at ICPP
2003. These should be sent to Peter <email@example.com>
or to ISPPList.
Peter Scott, President, International
Society for Plant Pathology, CAB International, Wallingford OX10 8DE, UK; Phone:
+44 1491 832111; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Plant Pathology Society
The following office bearers for
2001-2003 were elected at the General Meeting of the Australasian Plant
Pathology Society (APPS) in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, in September 2001.
Professor Lester Burgess, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Sydney, NSW
2006, Australia; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
Dr Brett A Summerell, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney,
NSW 2000, Australia; e-mail: <Brett.Summerell@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au>.
Miss Nerida Donovan, Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, PMB 8, Camden,
NSW 2570, Australia e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dr Gavin Ash, Charles Sturt University, PO Box 588, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678,
Australia; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
The Italian Phytopathological Society (Societa�
Italiana Patologia Vegetale, SIPaV) was established in 1992, and now has 350
members. It holds annual meetings, some 80-90 papers being presented at each
one; it is the publisher of the Journal of Plant Pathology
(3 issues in a year) and of a bi-monthly newsletter.
The Board members for 2002-2004 include
Professor Giovanni Martelli (President), Professor Antonino Catara (Immediate
Past-President) and Professors Naldo Anselmi, Marina Barba, Franco Nigro,
Giancarlo Polizzi, Felice Scala and Giuseppe Surico.
Further information can be obtained
from the Secretary, Professor Giacomo Lorenzini, Sezione Patologia Vegetale, Dip
to CDSL, Via del Borghetto, 80 - 56124 Pisa, Italy; Phone: +39-050-960092; fax:
+39-050-960622; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
APS Office of
International Programs (OIP)
The American Phytopathological Society
(APS) established an Office of International Programs (OIP) in 1986 in order to
promote greater interaction worldwide. Since that date, OIP pursued the
1) providing continuity and
co-ordination of the international activities of APS,
2) promoting collaboration among
plant pathologists and scientists of all nationalities, and
3) facilitating teaching, research
and extension with the aim of increasing agricultural production through
improved plant health especially in developing countries.
OIP has several out-reach initiatives,
including a library assistance program, awards for relevant projects and
individuals, a plant health resource publication and support towards graduate
education and placement. OIP has four committees to drive its key activities.
The current Director of OIP is Dr
George S Abawi, Professor of Plant Pathology and International Agriculture and
Rural Development at Cornell University. Dr Abawi was appointed in August 2001
and will serve until 2004. There have been three previous Directors, and the
first one was Charlie Delp, the current Secretary-General of the International
Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP).
Further information and contact may be
made through APS Headquarters, 3340 Pilot Knob Road, St Paul, Minnesota
55121-2097, USA; Phone: +1-651-454-7250; Fax: +1-651-454-0766; e-mail: <email@example.com>;
Conference: Exploring New Frontiers in IPM - Update
The conference program has been
finalized and can be found at: <http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference/english/program.html>.
Early registration deadline is coming
up. If you submit your registration on or before 1 February 2002 the fee is
$300.00 Cdn. If after then the fee is $350.00 Cdn. All registration must be
submitted and paid by 8 March 2002. Registration forms can be found at
Do not forget to make your hotel
reservations. Rooms for the conference at the International Plaza Hotel in
Toronto, Canada, will be held until 22 February 2002. Be sure to inform them
that you are with the International IPM Conference when you register to receive
the conference rate. Hotel details can be found at: <http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference/english/hotel.html>.
Take this unique opportunity to explore
the future of IPM from a multi-disciplinary and global
Hope to see you at the conference,
Margaret Appleby, Conference Coordinator.
Directory Data & Updates
The ISPP World Directory of Plant
Pathologists at <http://www.isppweb.org>
includes membership data from 17
participating societies. It is time to include your society�s membership data
or to update previously submitted data.
Please contact the Directory
Facilitator, Charles Delp, at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Office on the move
The European Office of the American
Phytopathological Society (APS), located in Belgium, is moving to a new
location. This branch office, featuring a multilingual staff, is available to
better serve APS members living in Europe and surrounding countries. You can now
contact them at: APS Europe Branch Office, Stanislas de Rijcklaan 60/22, BE-3001
Heverlee, Belgium; Phone: +32-16-204035; Fax: +32-16-202535; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
International Workshops on Dry Bean
Rust and Common Bacterial Blight near
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
4-8 March 2002.
Contact: James R. Steadman, USDA, ARS, Department of Plant Pathology, University
of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583, USA; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Fourth Plant Breeding Symposium of
the Southern African Plant Breeder Society near Cape Town, South Africa.
11-14 March 2002.
Contact: Deidre Fourie, ARC Grain Crops Institute, Private Bag X1251,
Potchefstroom, South Africa; Phone: +27-18-299-6311; Fax: +27-18-297-6572;
Exploring New Frontiers in
Integrated Pest Management in Toronto, Canada.
24-26 March 2002.
Contact: Margaret Appleby, Crop Technology Branch, Ministry of Agriculture, 95
rue Dundas, R R #3, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0, Canada; see <www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/ipmconference/>.
Sixth European Conference on Fungal
Genetics in Pisa, Italy.
6-9 April 2002.
Contact: <www.agr.unipi.it/ECFG6>, or Professor Giovanni
Local Organising Committee, Department of Fruit Science and Plant Protection,
University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, Pisa, Italy; Fax +39-050 543564;
Powdery Mildew 2002 sponsored by
the British Society for Plant Pathology in Cambridge, UK.
12 April 2002
Contact: Dr James Brown, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
VIIIth International Plant Virus
Epidemiology Symposium in Aschersleben,
12-17 May 2002.
See the web-site: <http://virus-2002.bafz.de>.Contact: Federal Centre for
Breeding Research on Cultivated Plants (BAZ), P O Box 1505, 06435 Aschersleben,
Germany; Phone: +49-3473-879165; Fax: +49-3473-879200; e-mail: <T.Kuehne@bafz.de>.
Fourth International Congress of
Nematology in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
8-13 June 2002.
Contact: Maria Arias, CSIC, Centro de Ciencias Medioambiantales, Serrano 115
DPDO, Madrid 28006, Spain; see <www.ifns.org>.
XIII Biennial Workshop on Smut Fungi
in Dallas, USA.
16-19 June 2002.
Contact: Karen Arthur at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Plant Pathology and Global Food
Security, Presidential Meeting of the British Society for Plant Pathology in
8-10 July 2002.
Contact: Dr Mark Hocart, Crop Science Department, SAC, West Mains Road,
Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK; Fax: +44-131-667-2601; e-mail: <email@example.com>;
see the BSPP web-site at <http://www.bspp.org.uk>.
Late Blight: Managing the Global
Threat in Hamburg, Germany.
11-13 July 2002.
Contact: <http://www.cipotato.org/gilb>, or Charlotte
GILB Coordinator, Global Initiative on Late Blight (GILB), International Potato
Center-CIP-Centro Internacional de la Papa, Apartado 1558, Lima 12, Peru; Fax:
+51-1-317-5326; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Molecular Biology of Fungal
Pathogens in UK (sponsored by the British Society for Plant Pathology).
17-19 July 2002.
Contact: Dr Jim Benyon <email@example.com>
or Dr Surapereddy
or Dr Mark Hocart <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
American Phytopathological Society
Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
27-31 July 2002.
XIIth International Congress of
Virology (ICV) in Paris, France.
27 July-1 August 2002.
1st Joint Conference of the ISHS
Working Groups on Vegetable Viruses and Legume Viruses in Bonn, Germany.
4-9 August 2002.
Contact: H J Vetten, BBA, Institut PS, Messeweg 11-12, D-38104 Braunschweig,
Germany; Fax: +49-531-299-3006; e-mail: <H.J.Vetten@bba.de>.
XXVIth International Horticultural
Congress & Exhibition in Toronto, Canada.
11-17 August 2002.
See: <www.ihc2002.org>. Contact:
IHC2002 c/o Congress Canada, 49 Bathurst Street, Suite 100, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada MSV 2P2; e-mail: <IHCreg@congressscan.com>.
EFPP 2002: Disease Resistance in
Plant Pathology, Sixth Conference of European Foundation for Plant Pathology in
Prague, Czech Republic.
9-14 September 2002.
Contact: J Polak; Fax: +420-2333-11592; e-mail: <EFPP2002@vurv.cz>.
6th International Conference on Pseudomonas
syringae Pathovars and Related Pathogens in Maratea, Potenza, Italy.
15-19 September 2002.
Contact: Nicola Sante Iacobellis, Dipartimento di Biologia, Difesa e
Biotecnologie Agro-Forestali, Universita degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy;
International Rice Congress 2002
(IRC2002) in Beijing, China.
16-20 September 2002.
See the web-site: <http://www.cgiar.org/irri/irc2002/index.htm>.
3rd Asia-Pacific International
Mycological Conference on Biodiversity and Biotechnology (AMC 2002) in
4-8 November 2002.
Ninth International Fusarium
Workshop in Sydney, Australia.
27-30 January 2003.
Contact: Dr Brett Summerell, Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney,
New South Wales 2000, Australia; Fax: +61-2-9241-1135; e-mail: <Brett.Summerell@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au>
8th International Congress of Plant
Pathology (ICPP2003) "Solving problems in the real world"
in Christchurch, New Zealand.
2-7 February 2003.
Contact: Helen Shrewsbury, Professional Development Group, PO Box 84, Lincoln
University, Canterbury, New Zealand; Fax: +64-3-325-3840; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
6th International Symposium on
Chemical and non-Chemical Soil and Substrate Disinfection in Jerusalem,
Contact: Professor J Katan, Department of Plant Pathology, University of
Minnesota, USA; Fax: +1-972-8946-6794; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The XIIth Latin American
Phytopathological Congress (XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Fitopatolog�a)
in Valle del Rio Grande, Texas, USA
6-10 April 2003 .
To be held jointly with the Caribbean and Southern Divisions of the American
Phytopathological Society at the Radison Hotel, Isla del Padre, Valle del Rio
Grande, Texas, USA.
Contact <email@example.com> or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
American Phytopathological Society
Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
9-13 August 2003.
Eighth Arab Congress of Plant
Protection in El-Beida, Libya.
12-16 October 2003
Contact: Dr Ali Bataw, <email@example.com>, Secretary of the Organizing
Committee, Faculty of Agriculture, Omar El-Mokhtar University, El-Beida, Libya
or Dr Bassam Bayaa, <B.Bayaa@cgiar.org>, President of the Arab Society of
Plant Protection ICARDA, P.O. Box 5466, Aleppo, Syria.
5th International Postharvest
Research Symposium in Verona, Italy.
Contact: Professor Pietro Tonutti, University of Padova, Italy; Fax:
+39-04982-72850; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The XIIIth Latin American
Phytopathological Congress (XIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Fitopatolog�a)
in the city of Cordoba, Cordoba Province, Argentina.
Organized by the Latin American Phytopathological Association (ALF) jointly with
the annual meeting of the Argentine Phytopathological Association (Asociaci�n
Argentina de Fitopatolog�a, AAF).
Contact: Dr Sergio L Lenardon, Institute for Phytopathology and Plant Physiology
(IFFIVE), INTA, Cordoba, Argentina; <email@example.com>