Material 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:
Invitations about ISPP Subject
In the lead-up to ICPP2008 in Turin, summary
reports from ISPP Subject Matter Committees (SMCs) would be welcomed by
ISPP Vice-President Tang at email@example.com
. These reports will help in gauging the activities of SMCs, some of which
are known to be extremely active, but some may have completed their
mission and may wish to end, while others may want
Subject Matter Committees are reminded of the
advantages of affiliation with ISPP, through the benefits of: - presenting
themselves as having the status of ISPP Committees; - doing so on ISPPWeb,
; - reporting through ISPP News, e.g. www.isppweb.org/nljan08.asp#3
; - using a dedicated list server linked to other plant pathologists; -
use of quinquennial ICPPs as venues for meetings; - reporting to the
General Assembly/Council Meeting; - applying for funds from ISPP.
Proposals can also be considered for new Subject
Matter Committees. These would require a brief statement of: 1. Aims. 2.
Membership (including who hold particular offices). 3. Proposed work
programme. The proposals would go via firstname.lastname@example.org
to the Executive Committee for approving the group to Council as an ISPP
Subject Matter Committee.
One of ISPP's functions is to assist its active
Committees with their work programmes. ISPP may do this in a few cases by
providing "seed money" to initiate relevant activity and help in
obtaining other contributions. This requires a request for assistance in
accord with agreed procedures through the Executive Committee and the ISPP
Associated Societies within
The International Society for Plant Pathology
(ISPP) is based in large part on the membership of Associated Societies.
Members of Associated Societies are automatically members of ISPP. There
is also a category of Individual Membership for those interested in plant
pathology but without membership in an Associated Society.
Associated Societies are national or regional
societies for plant pathology, or organizations having plant pathology as
one of their primary interests. They have been recognized by the ISPP
Council and as having paid their annual fees, according to the ISPP
Statutes which may be seen at: www.isppweb.org/about_objectives_statutes.asp
The ISPP Business Manager Peter Williamson has
recently re-organised the display on the web-page listing the Associated
Societies and this now enables rapid access to the web-sites, where they
exist, of all Associated Societies. A link is also provided to show
details of the Executives and ISPP Councillors of each society, and to
lead to another link for on-line changes. See: www.isppweb.org/about_associated.asp
Common Names of Plant Diseases
- a helper sought
David Teakle email@example.com
on behalf of the ISPP Committee for Common Names of Plant Diseases seeks a
volunteer to help with the work of the Committee. A plant pathologist is
sought with an interest in constructing lists of diseases of particular
Lists have been completed for the diseases and
pathogens of Banana and Sugarcane; see: www.isppweb.org/names_common.asp
Lists of Taro diseases, pathogens and references,
are now nearly completed. This will be a new achievement for this crop,
and should be particularly helpful for ready cross-reference between
investigators of the diseases and their control.
Cassava Adding Value for Africa
An initiative led by the Natural Resources
Institute in the University of Greenwich, UK, to support cassava producers
in Africa has received backing from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. Professor Andrew Westby is director of the initiative, and
says that around 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live on terribly
low incomes, but that cassava has the potential to reduce this poverty.
Connecting farmers to new markets will help to increase incomes and change
The project will link over 90,000 smallholders to
national and international markets by turning cassava into processed flour
which can be sold at a premium price. The new project will enable farming
households to process their cassava through grating and drying, and thus
add value at the household level. Women are particularly expected to
benefit from the initiative. The project will help to develop the market
for high quality cassava flour as a partial replacement for wheat flour in
bakeries, other food products or in the commercial manufacture of
products, such as plywood and paperboard.
The partners are a network of local organisations
and also national leaders in cassava commercialisation, namely the Food
Research Institute (Ghana), University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (Nigeria),
Africa Innovations Institute (Uganda), Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre
(Tanzania) and Chancellor College, University of Malawi (Malawi).
In parallel, the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation is supporting an initiative led by the Catholic Relief Services
to support the supply of disease-resistant planting material to millions
of farmers in the great lakes area of east and central Africa, where
cassava mosaic disease and cassava brown streak are affecting production
Nick Davison, University of Greenwich firstname.lastname@example.org
Diagnostic manual for plant
diseases in Vietnam
This is the title of a new manual from the
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and
designed to help in the development of basic skills in the diagnosis of
the cause of diseases. It focuses on fungal diseases of the roots and
stems. It is seen to have wide application in SE Asia, in particular.
Diagnostic Manual for Plant Diseases in Vietnam is
MN129, published by ACIAR in May 2008 and written by Lester W Burgess,
Timothy E Knight, Len Tesoriero and Hien Thuy Phan. There are 210pages.
ISBN 978 1 921434 18 1 (print) and ISBN 978 1 921434 19 8 (online). The
price is $AUD45.
The 14th International Sclerotinia Workshop in
late May 2009 (see "Coming Events") will bring together persons
interested in basic and applied plant pathology, mycology, agriculture and
all other aspects of Sclerotinia. Researchers, students, extension
personnel, industry members and growers are welcome and encouraged to
attend. The meeting is being organized by the Planning Committee for the
14th International Sclerotinia Workshop, and the host organization is the
Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, USA.
New Syngenta Centre in Beijing
Syngenta has started to develop a new research and
technology centre, Syngenta Biotechnology (China) Co Ltd, at the
Zhongguancun Life Science Park in Beijing with a completion date of 2010.
Nearby temporary facilities will enable operations to commence during
2008. They will enable research on early stage evaluation of GM and native
traits for key crops such as corn and soybean. Traits to be studied
include yield improvement, drought resistance, disease control and biomass
conversion for biofuels.
Compendia, Colour Guides from
APS Press and Other Acquisitions
New issues from APS Press are:
Compendium of Onion and Garlic Diseases and Pests,
Second Edition; Compendium of Rose Diseases and Pests, Second Edition;
Compendium of Brassica Diseases; Potato Health Management, 2nd Edition;
Vegetable Diseases: A Color Handbook; Pests of Fruit Crops: A Color
Handbook; Plant Nematodes of Agricultural Importance: A Color Handbook
Acquisitions from other publishers are:
Diseases of Annuals and Perennials; Taming the
Truffle; The Fusarium Laboratory Manual; Alternaria: An Identification
Manual; Hypocreales of the Southeastern United States: An Identification
Guide; Mycosphaerella and its anamorphs: 1. Names published in Cercospora
and Passalora; Mycosphaerella and its anamorphs: 2. Conspectus of
Mycosphaerella; An Illustrated Guide to the Coprophilous Ascomycetes of
Australia; A revision of the species described in Phyllosticta; Ball Field
Guide to Diseases of Greenhouse Ornamentals; Cultivation and Diseases of
Proteaceae: Leucadendron, Leucospermum and Protea; Virus and Viruslike
Diseases of Pome Fruits and Simulating Noninfectious Disorders;
Ustilaginales of Mexico: Taxonomy, Symptomatology, Spore Germination and
Material may be ordered on line or by phone
toll-free at +1-800-328-7560 in the USA and most of Canada or
+1-651-454-7250 elsewhere. Fax +1-651-454-0766.
Call for Papers - Forest
The organisers of the International Forest
Biosecurity Conference being held in Rotorua, New Zealand, from 16-20
March 2009 (see "Coming Events) are now calling for papers.
for contact deatils and also for a down-loadable source of information.
- 1st circular 6th International Workshop
Grapevine Trunk Diseases
circular 6th International Workshop Grapevine Trunk Diseases
12th International Consortium on Agricultural
Biotechnology Research (ICABR) Conference "The future of agricultural
biotechnology: Creative destruction, adoption or irrelevance?" in
Ravello, Italy. 12-14 June 2008. See: www.economia.uniroma2.it/icabr/sarea.php?p=2&sa=7
or e-mail: email@example.com
13th International Congress on Infectious Diseases
(ICID) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 19-22 June 2008. See: www.isid.org/13th_icid
The BSPP Break Crops Workshop at the Processors
and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) Research Station near
Peterborough, UK. 24 June 2008. See: www.bsppmeetings.org.uk
The 1st Global Conference on GMO Analysis
(organized by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission) in
Villa Erba, Como, Italy. 24-27 June 2008. See: gmoglobalconference.jrc.it
The BSPP Potato Workshop at the Scottish
Agricultural Science Agency (SASA) in Edinburgh, UK. 2 July 2008.
Plant-Microbial Interactions in Krak�w, Poland.
2-6 July 2008. Contact: Professor Katarzyna Turnau, Institute of
Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, PL-30-387
Krak�w, Poland. Tel: +48.12.664 51 55; Fax: +48.12.664 69 12.
. See: www.eko.uj.edu.pl/mycorrhiza/pmi
5th International Congress of Nematology in
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 13-18 July 2008. See www.5icn.org/
FAO Technical Workshop for the Alleviation of
Poverty in the Tropics, in Rome, Italy. 22-24 July 2008. Contact: Theodor
in FAO, Rome; Amir Kassam firstname.lastname@example.org
; and Francis Shaxson email@example.com
APS Centennial Meeting, Minneapolis in Minnesota,
USA. 26-30 July 2008. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
. See meeting.apsnet.org/centennial/default.cfm
International Symposium on Induced Mutations in
Plants (ISIM) in Vienna, Austria. 12-15 August 2008 See www.pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Meetings/Announcements.asp?ConfID=167
The 16th Congress of the Federation of European
Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) in Tampere, Finland. 17-22 August 2008.
See www.fespb2008.org . Also
satellite symposium on Peroxidases. 20-23 August 2008. See www.peroxidase2008.org
4th International Symposium on Rhizoctonia in
Berlin, Germany. 20-23 August 2008. See www.rhizoctonia.org
3rd International Phytophthora/Pythium Workshop in
association with the 9th ICPP-2008 in Torino, Italy. 23-24 August 2008.
The Agricultural Biotechnology International
Conference (ABIC) 2008 in Cork, Ireland. 24-27 August 2008. See: www.abic.ca/abic2008/index.html
9th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP
2008) in Torino, Italy. 24-29 August 2008. Contact: Congress Secretariat,
Valentina Communication, Via Cibrario 27, 10143 Torino, Italy. Phone:
+39-0114374250; Fax: +39-0114374318; e-mail: email@example.com. See www.icpp2008.org
Conference on Adaptation of Forests and Forest
Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review of
Science, Policies, and Practices in Umea, Sweden. 25-28 August 2008.
The X International Fusarium Workshop and the
Fusarium Genomics Workshop at the Hotel Carlos V in Alghero, Sardinia,
Italy. 30 August-2 September 2008. See www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=9850
First International Symposium on Biotechnology of
Fruit Species in Dresden, Germany. 1-5 September 2008. See www.biotechfruit2008.bafz.de
The International Symposium "Harlan II -
Biodiversity In Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution and
Sustainability" at the University of California, Davis, USA. 14-18
September 2008. See harlanii.ucdavis.edu/index.htm
The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology
2008 in Brussels, Belgium. 15-17 September 2008. See: www.europabio.org/articles/PR-EFIB.pdf
The 1st All Africa Congress on Biotechnology
"Harnessing the Potential of Agricultural Biotechnology for Food
Security and Socio-Economic Development in Africa" in Nairobi, Kenya.
22-28 September 2008. See: abneta.org/congress/
APS Caribbean Division Meeting, part of the 6th
International Scientific Seminar on Plant Health, in Havana, Cuba. 22-26
September 2008. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
. See www.apsnet.org .
16th Ornamental Workshop on Diseases and Pests in
Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA. 22-26 September 2008. See www.cals.ncsu.edu/plantpath/activities/societies/ornamental
The Banana 2008 conference "Banana and
plantain in Africa: Harnessing international partnerships to increase
research impact" at the Leisure Lodge Resort in Mombasa, Kenya. 5-9
October 2008. See: www.banana2008.com
ENDURE International Conference "Diversifying
Crop Protection" in the Congress Palace of La Grande Motte, near
Montpellier, France. 13-15 October 2008. See www.endure-network.eu
10th Asian Regional Maize Workshop in Makassar,
South Sulawesi, Indonesia. 20-23 October 2008. Contact: Dr Kevin Pixley
or see: www.cimmyt.org/english/wps/events/2008/10armw.htm
3rd European Whitefly Symposium in Aguadulce,
Almeria, Spain. 20-24 October 2008. See: www.ews3.org
IV International Silicon in Agriculture Conference
at Wild Coast Sun, Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 26-31 October
2008. See www.siliconconference.org.za
British Crop Production Council (BCPC) Congress
2008 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 3-5 November 2008. See: www.bcpc.org/Congress2008/index.asp
2nd InternationaL Symposium on Biological Control
of Bacterial Plant Diseases in Orlando, Florida, USA. 4-7 November 2008.
Contact: JBJones@ufl.edu .
10th International Symposium on the Biosafety of
Genetically Modified Organisms in Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand. 16-21
November 2008. See: www.isbgmo.info
. E-mail: Michelle Kane at email@example.com
Applied Aspects of Aerobiology at Rothamsted
Research, Harpenden, Herts, UK. 19 November 2008. See: www.aab.org.uk
8th Australasian Plant Virology Workshop in
Rotorua, New Zealand. 19-22 November 2008. Contact: Dr Robin MacDiarmid
. See: www.biosecurity.govt.nz/apvw2008
International Conference "Genetic control of
plant pathogenic viruses and their vectors: towards new resistance
strategies" in Puerto de Santa Mar�a, C�diz, Spain. 23-27 November
2008. See: www.richalia.es/congreso/index.html
International Conference on Legume Genomics and
Genetics in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 7-12 December 2008. See www.ccg.unam.mx/iclgg4/index.html
BSPP Presidential Meeting "Cereal
Pathosystems" at Queen Mary College, London, UK. 16-17 December 2008.
XV Latinamerican Congress of Plant Pathology and
XVIII Congress of the Chilean Society of Plant Pathology at Pontificia
Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. 12-16 January 2009.
Papers in English, Portuguese and Spanish are welcome. Contact Gloria Caro
at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
. See: www.puc.cl/agronomia/congresoalf
International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and
Surveillance 2009 (IMED) in Vienna, Austria. For the public health
community (human and animal), scientists, health care workers, and other
leaders in the field of emerging infectious diseases. 13-16 February 2009.
See: imed.isid.org .
International Conference on Grain Legumes: Quality
Improvement, Value Addition and Trade in Kanpur, India. 14-19 February
2009. See: www.icar.org.in/internconference.pdf
International Forest Biosecurity Conference,
incorporating the 6th International Forest Vegetation Management
Conference, in Rotorua, New Zealand. 16-20 March 2009. See http://forestbiosecurity.com
. Contact: Dr Brian Richardson, General Manager, Ensis Forest Biosecurity
and Protection, Private Bag 3020, Rotorua, New Zealand. Phone:
+64-7-343-5516; Fax: +64-7-343-5333; Mobile: 021-913-221.
The Second European Ramularia Workshop, Edinburgh
2009 - a new disease and challenge in Barley Production in Edinburgh, UK.
7-8 April 2009. See: www.aab.org.uk
14th International Sclerotinia Workshop in
Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. 31 May-4 June 2009, See: www.cals.ncsu.edu/sclerotinia_conference/index.html
XXIth International Symposium on Virus and
Virus-Like Diseases of Temperate Fruit Crops and XIIth International
Symposium on Small Fruit Virus Diseases in Germany. 5-10 July 2009.
. Source: Professor Dr Wilhelm Jelkmann Wilhelm.Jelkmann@jki.bund.de
Julius K�hn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut f�r Kulturpflanzen,
Institut f�r Pflanzenschutz in Obst- und Weinbau, Schwabenheimer Str.
101, 69221 Dossenheim, Germany.
APS Annual Meeting 2009 at the Portland Convention
Center, Portland, Oregon, USA. 1-5 August 2009. See: www.apsnet.org
APPS 2009 "Plant Health Management-An
Integrated Approach" at the Civic Precinct, Newcastle, Australia. 30
September-2 October 2009. Contact: Conference Secretariat, PO Box 6150,
Kingston, ACT 2604, Australia. Phone: +61 2 6281 6624, Fax: +61 2 6285
1336. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 13th World Forestry Congress (Forests in
development - a vital balance) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 18-25 October
2009. See www.wfc2009.org/index_1024.html
. E-mail: email@example.com .
5th International Conference on Plant Pathology,
with the theme "Plant pathology in the globalized era", at the
Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. 10-13 November
2009. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com .
APS Annual Meeting 2010 at Opryland, Nashville,
Tennessee, USA. 7-11 August 2010. See: www.apsnet.org
4th Asian Conference of Plant Pathology and
APPC2011 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. April 2011.
10th International Congress of Plant Pathology
2013 (ICPP2013) "Bio-security, Food Safety and Plant Pathology: The
Role of Plant Pathology in a Globalized Economy" in Beijing, China.
25-31 August 2013.