NEWSLETTER ON PLANT PATHOLOGY
Newsletter 32 (5) October 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:
News from Mexico
The Mexican Plant Pathology Society (SMF) held its XXIX
Annual Meeting in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, from 2-5 July 2002. Besides
numerous oral and poster presentations, there were special invited
presentations on the topics of transgenic crops, the application of
statistical methods to molecular biology in plant pathology, and geographic
information systems. Symposia included "Linkages between the SMF and
Producers and Business" and "The Impact of the SMF on Mexican
The SMF Council for 2002-2004 includes:
President: Dr Gustavo Mora-Aguilera (Colegio de
Vice President: Dr Mario Alberto Rocha-Pe�a (Universidad Aut�noma
de Nuevo Le�n)
Secretary: Dr Jos� Sergio Sandoval-Islas (Colegio de Posgraduados)
Treasurer: Mr Javier Ireta-Moreno (INIFAP, Jalisco)
Adjunct Treasurer: Dr Ana Mar�a Hern�ndez-Anguiano (Colegio de
Editor-in-Chief: Dr Guillermo Fuentes-D�vila (CIMMYT)
Among the initiatives of the new president is an
International Liaison Committee, coordinated by Mr Michael J Munster (Universidad
Aut�noma de Aguascalientes). He may be contacted at <email@example.com>.
Other members include Nora Solis-Gracia (Texas Agricultural Experiment
Station), Josefa Lagunas (University of Florida), and Angel Rebollar-Alviter
(Universidad Aut�noma de Chapingo, currently doing doctoral studies at Ohio
The web page of the SMF is located at <http://members.tripod.com/~sociedad/Sociedad.htm>.
International Awards of American
Phytopathological Society (APS)
Michelle Bjerkness <firstname.lastname@example.org>
of APS <http://www.apsnet.org>
sent the following information for ISPP members
1) Applications are being accepted for International Travel
Award. The APS Foundation, in cooperation with the Office of International
Programs, is accepting applications for its International Travel Award. This
award is intended to support travel costs for early- to mid-career
international APS scientists native to and working in developing countries
who otherwise would not be able to attend APS meetings. It is anticipated
that two awards, not to exceed $2,000 each will be awarded for the 2003
meeting. For guidelines and criteria visit <http://www.apsnet.org/members/oip/travel.asp>.
2) Call for JANE Award Proposals. The Office of
International Programs requests proposals for the John and Ann Niederhauser
Endowment (JANE) Award. The endowment will support one award of up to
$10,000 or two awards of up to $5,000 for projects to begin January 1, 2003.
Proposals (maximum of two pages) should be postmarked on or before November
15, 2002. Visit <http://www.apsnet.org/members/oip/jane.asp>
Biosafety � a web forum
A Web Forum on biosafety will run from 1 to 15 November 2002
and the topic is linked with two important activities that will take place
on 17 November, during the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of
America (ESA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA: The forum is sponsored by
ESA and the International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP).
There will be
1) A Program Symposium on "Biosafety and Bioterrorism:
Assessing the Threat to Agriculture from Biological Agents"; and
2) A Student Debate on the topic, "Can we be prepared
for deliberate release of biological agents against agriculture?"
The President of ISPP, Dr Peter Scott, (Fax: +44 �1491-833508;
e-mail: <email@example.com>) is
involved and is helping to moderate the Forum. The web-site
will carry further information and is the base for registration.
Anyone is welcome to register. Participation is free and the registration
list will be kept confidential.
Predicting Invasions of Nonindigenous
Plants and Plant Pests
This is the title of a new book from the National Academy of
Sciences, as advised by Robin Pinnel <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
The National Academies Press. Washington, DC 20001, USA.
Nonindigenous plants and plant pests that find their way to
foreign countries and become invasive often cause problems. In the USA
alone, they cost more than $100 billion per year in crop and timber losses
plus the expense of herbicides and pesticides. And this figure does not
include the costs of invasions in less intensively managed ecosystems such
The book examines the growing problem and offers
recommendations for enhancing the science base in this field, improving
detection of potential invaders, and refining ability to predict their
impact. It analyzes the factors that shape an invader�s progress through
four stages: arriving through one of many possible ports of entry, reaching
a threshold of survival, thriving through proliferation and geographic
spread, and ultimate impact on the organism�s new environment. It also
reviews approaches to predicting whether a species will become an invader as
well as the more complex challenge of predicting and measuring its impact on
Powdery Mildews Resource
This is a new reference work from the American
Phytopathological Society APS Press, and is edited by: Richard R B�langer,
William R Bushnell, Aleid J Dik, and Timothy L W Carver.
It presents substantial scientific advances made since the
first and only book on the powdery mildew fungi and the plant diseases they
cause, "The Powdery Mildews" edited by D M Spencer and published
in 1978. The new text is supported by more than one hundred high quality
illustrations. Eighteen chapters are organized into five sections: The
Fungi, Techniques, Host-Parasite Interactions, Populations and Control.
Chapters within The Fungi bring up to date the nomenclature
and classification of species, reflecting the phylogeny of the fungi. One
chapter is dedicated to the taxonomy of the powdery mildew fungi providing a
new source for all mycologists and plant pathologists. Reference to both �old�
and �new� names throughout the book will facilitate understanding and
accelerate transition towards general use of the new taxonomy and
Within the Techniques section, chapters present information
on basic and advanced methods used to maintain, manipulate and study powdery
mildews. In addition, the book details significant advances in methodology
including a new technique for the stable transformation of a powdery mildew
The section on Host-Parasite Interactions covers disease
resistance with detailed discussions of both inherent and induced resistance
in host plants, the chain of host defense responses leading to resistance,
and the genetic, molecular, biological and physiological bases of resistance
Chapters within the Populations section present information
on epidemiology and population genetics of powdery mildews in both
agricultural and natural plant pathosystems. These chapters detail
complexities of genetic interactions between host resistance and parasite
The chapters on Control cover breeding for resistance
against rapidly emerging virulent mildew races, the development and use of
fungicides with strategies to minimize mildew resistance, alternative
controls employing biological agents and other environmental manipulations,
and the potential for developing transgenic plants with built-in resistance.
Contributions highlight the increasing complexity and sophistication of
attempts to manage powdery mildews in the field and glasshouse and outline
the evolution of strategies used to combat these devastating diseases.
Contact Michaela DeLong for further information
Call for Contributions to the Bacterial
Members of the Bacterial Wilt Consortium and their
associates are strongly urged to submit papers for the first issue of the
revived Bacterial Wilt Newsletter which is scheduled to appear in December
2002. Short review articles or research reports of from 300 to 1500 words
with one photograph, table or graph are invited in particular on the
following aspects: inoculation methods and evaluation of resistant germplasm;
effect of crop rotation on disease intensity; effects of soil type, site
selection and time of planting on bacterial wilt; pathogen diversity,
diagnostics and genetics of pathogenicity; new host records including weed
hosts; biological control and integrated control; new developments in
In addition readers are encouraged to submit material on the
following: countrywide or regional status reports on bacterial wilt; notices
of forthcoming meetings in plant protection; Letters to the Editor, comment
or discussion of recent research findings; notices of new projects on
bacterial wilt; notices of useful Websites on plant protection.
Contributions should be sent to the Editor of the Bacterial
Wilt Newsletter no later than 25 November 2002. All material to be published
in the Bacterial Wilt Newsletter must be submitted in English and
electronically using Microsoft Word 4.0 or later, Word Perfect 5.0 or later,
Rich Text Format (.rtf) as software. It must be submitted by e-mail as an
attached document to <email@example.com>
or by electronic copy on a diskette (IBM-compatible,) to the
following address: Dr Philippe Prior, INRA, Station de Pathologie V�g�tale,
Domaine St Maurice. BP 94, 84143, Montfavet, France.
Book on New Zealand�s Unique Vegetation
Returns to Print
Originally published in 1991, "Vegetation of New
Zealand" by Peter Wardle offers a comprehensive description of that
country�s unique flora and highly diverse vegetation. The text, supported
by over 300 photographs, maps and diagrams, makes an outstanding
contribution to the understanding of the biology of the country. The
Blackburn Press has returned the book to print with a new preface by the
With its isolation from other lands, its latitudes extending
from subtropical to sub-Antarctic, and its long evolutionary history, New
Zealand has a vegetation of interest to botanists, foresters, ecologists and
Chapters 1-4 describe the New Zealand environment, flora and
fauna; and discuss the origins, relationships, life forms and reproductive
aspects of the indigenous vegetation. Chapter 5 is a synopsis of vegetation
types, habitat classes and environmental processes; serving also to define
the terms in which these are described in the book. Chapter 6 contains an
outline of the geographic divisions of the country. Chapters 7-9 offer
expanded descriptions of plant communities, preceded where appropriate by
information on their structure and characteristic species and genera. The
concluding chapters discuss ecological functions and processes.
Andrea Herbert, <AHerbert@BlackburnPress.com>,
The Blackburn Press, (Publishers of classic scientific and technical books),
P O Box 287, Caldwell, N J 07006, USA; Fax: +1-973-228-7276.
XI Annual Meeting of the Spanish Phytopathological Society
in Almerimar, El Ejido, Almeria, Spain.
14-18 October 2002.
Contact: Isabel Cuadrado <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Chairman of the Organization Committee, La Ca�ada de
San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. See <http://www.ual.es/personal/egallego/congresef>.
Annual Meeting of
North American Plant Protection Organisation (NAPPO) in Oaxaca,
21-25 October 2002.
Contact Dr Gustavo Frias; e-mail: <email@example.com>;
or Alba Campos, NAPPO Executive Assistant, Observatory Cr., Bldg. No. 3,
Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6 Canada; Fax: +1-613-759-6141;
3rd Asia-Pacific International Mycological Conference on
Biodiversity and Biotechnology (AMC 2002) in Kunming, China.
4-8 November 2002.
1st Australian Medicago truncatula Workshop on
Rottnest Island, Perth, Western Australia.
10-13 November 2002.
Contact: Dr Geoff Dwyer, Workshop Organiser, SABC, Murdoch University,
Perth, 6150 Western Australia; Fax: +61-8-9360-7405; e-mail: <G.Dwyer@murdoch.edu.au>.
See the website: <http://wwwcbbc.murdoch.edu.au/AMtW>.
Entomological Society of America symposium and
student debate "Biosafety and Bioterrorism: Assessing the Threat
to Agriculture from Biological Agents" in Fort Lauderdale, USA.
17-20 November 2002.
British Crop Protection Conference - Pests and Diseases 2002
in Brighton, UK.
18-21 November 2002.
Contact: BCPC Conference Secretariat, 5 Maidstone Building Mews, Bankside,
London SE1 1GN, UK; Fax: +44-20-7940-5577; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
41st Congress of the Southern African Society for Plant
Pathology in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
19-22 January 2003.
Contact: Organising Committee, University of the Free State, P O Box 339
(102), Bloemfontein 9300, RSA; Fax: +27-51-430-5692; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
Ninth International Fusarium Workshop in Sydney,
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:
Plant Virus Interaction Symposium in Christchurch, New
1 February 2003.
Contact: as below for ICPP 2003.
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:
6th International Symposium on Chemical and non-Chemical
Soil and Substrate Disinfection in Jerusalem, Israel.
Contact: Professor J Katan, Department of Plant Pathology, University of
Minnesota, USA; Fax: +1-972-8946-6794; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Third International Conference on the Comparative Biology of
the Monocotyledons and Fourth International Symposium on Grass Systematics
and Evolution in Claremont, California, U.S.A.
30 March�5 April 2003.
Visit <www.monocots3.org> for
conference details or write to Monocots III, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic
Garden, 1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-3157, U.S.A.;
The XIIth Latin American Phytopathological Congress (XII
Congreso Latinoamericano de Fitopatolog�a) in Valle del Rio Grande,
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>
XI International Symposium on
Biological Control of Weeds in Canberra, Australia.
27 April to 2 May 2003.
or contact Sharon Corey, CSIRO Entomology, GPO Box 1700, Canberra ACT 2601,
Australia; Fax: +61-02-6246-4177; e-mail: <Sharon.Corey@csiro.au>.
American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting in
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
9-13 August 2003.
14th Meeting of the International Council for the study of
Virus and Virus-like Diseases of the Grapevine (ICVG) in Locorotondo (Bari),
12�17 September 2003.
Contact: Donato Boscia <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Eighth Arab Congress of Plant Protection in El-Beida,
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,
11th International Cereal Rust and Powdery Mildew Conference
in Norwich, UK.
23-27 August 2004.
Contact: Dr James Brown, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK; Fax:
+44-1603-450045; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
5th International Postharvest Research Symposium in
Contact: Professor Pietro Tonutti, University of Padova, Italy; Fax:
+39-04982-72850; e-mail: <email@example.com>.
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,