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Newsletter Sep 2011


ISPP Newsletter 41 (10) October 2011

News and announcements from all on any aspect of Plant Pathology are invited for the Newsletter. Contributions from the ISPP Executive, Council and Subject Matter Committees, Associated Societies and Supporting Organisations are requested.

 Editor: Brian J Deverall  (E-mail)

Members of Associated Societies of ISPP can receive e-mail notification of Newsletter updates by joining the ISPP mail list

In this issue:

  Serious Problems posed by Puccinia psidii in Australia  

As readers of this Newsletter will be aware, a rust fungus infecting members of the Myrtaceae was found in New South Wales in about April 2010, and a number of papers have been published since then, reporting the developing situation.


The first was Carnegie A J, Lidbetter J R, Walker J, Horwood M A, Tesoriero L, Glen M and Priest M (2010) Uredo rangelii, a taxon in the guava rust complex, newly recorded on Myrtaceae in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 39:463–466, as reported in the ISPP Newsletter of August 2010.


Then came Carnegie A J and Cooper K (2011) Emergency response to the incursion of an exotic myrtaceous rust in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology 40: 346-359, referred to in the ISPP Newsletter of August 2011.


The latest is Carnegie A J and Lidbetter J R (2011) Rapidly expanding host range for Puccinia psidii sensu lato in Australia. Australasian Plant Pathology volume 40 (6) and published on-line on 26 August 2011 at < http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13313-011-0082-6 >.


The recent discovery of teliospores in NSW indicates that the rust in Australia is a strain (with tonsured urediospores) of P. psidii sensu lato. Key forestry species were tested in artificial inoculation experiments. Several species of Eucalyptus were susceptible (viz. E. pilularis, E. cloeziana, E. agglomerata and E. grandis ), as was Melaleuca quinquenervia.


In Australia, P. psidii s.l. has now been found on 107 host species in 30 genera, including species in Angophora, Asteromyrtus, Austromyrtus, Backhousia, Callistemon, Chamelaucium, Choricarpia, Decaspermum, Eucalyptus, Eugenia, Gossia, Lenwebbia, Leptospermum, Lophomyrtus, Melaleuca, Metrosideros, Myrtus, Pilidiostigma, Rhodamnia, Rhodomyrtus, Ristantia, Stockwellia, Syncarpia, Syzygium, Tristania, Tristaniopsis, Ugni, Uromyrtus and Xanthostemon.


Species in nurseries and gardens that are severely affected include Gossia inophloia, Agonis flexuosa, Syzygium jambos and S. anisatum while species that are severely damaged in native bushland include Rhodamnia rubescens, Rhodomyrtus psidioides, Choricarpia leptopetala and Melaleuca quinquenervia.
  The Importance of Plant Science to Humanity  

How do we feed our children’s children?


Which crops must be grown and which sacrificed, to feed the billions?


When and how can we simultaneously deliver increased yields and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture?


These are just some of the crucial questions facing the global community today which plant science must address in order to ensure a sustainable future for humanity.  Yet while the importance of plant science and botany is undeniable, in a growing number of countries and institutions there are threats to our ability to populate these fields of study with our brightest and best young minds and in sustaining academic activities in these subject areas.  A cause for alarm in the UK was cited in the June 2011 issue of the ISPP Newsletter.  Now comes the rousing view in a new article that Plant Scientist should take its rightful place beside Doctor, Lawyer and Vet in the list of top professions to which capable young people aspire.

This challenge is made in a letter entitled “One hundred important questions facing plant science research” and published on-line on 22 August 2011 in New Phytologist. Its fourteen authors lead by Professor Claire Grierson of the University of Bristol undertook on-line consultation over a 3-month period in recent years among plant scientists in and outside of the UK and among farmers and through the press. The consultation was about key issues that future plant scientists should be addressing, and resulted in the compilation of nearly 400 questions. A panel from the academic, commercial, and public service communities that produce or benefit from plant science research selected 100 of them for the letter.


The panel grouped the questions into five broad areas: society, environment and adaptation, species interactions, understanding and utilizing plant cells, and diversity. They are detailed in the letter.  The panel concluded that plant science is central to many of the issues facing humanity. “Secure food production and quality remain key issues for the world in the 21st Century, and the importance of plants extends well beyond agriculture and horticulture because of declining fossil fuel reserves, climate change, and a need for more sustainable methods to produce fuel, fibre, wood, and industrial feedstocks”.


Further conclusions were as follows:

  • As plant science becomes increasingly important, the brightest and best must be attracted to careers in plant research.

  • Steps are needed to improve school education to show the most interesting or relevant aspects of plant science, and to encourage further study at university.

  • Making the best possible progress will require exceptional people.

  FAO Vegetable IPM Program in South & Southeast Asia

For over a decade, this Program has worked with government and nongovernmental organizations and carried out farmer education and participatory research activities to promote and support Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in vegetables by Asian smallholder farmers. IPM is an ecological approach to crop production and protection that combines different management strategies and practices to grow healthy crops and minimize the use of pesticides.


The training approach used in the Program is mainly a Farmer Field School (FFS). In an FFS, 25-30 farmers meet each week along with qualified extension staff and/or experienced farmers. Employing informal methods, a field is used as the resource for discovery-based learning. Farmers gain management skills, generate knowledge, carry out experiments and learn how to make better informed decisions. This seeks to empower the application of the principles learned to other spheres aimed at improving rural livelihoods.


The twenty-seventh session of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) was held in Manila, Philippines, from 15 to 19 August, 2011.  Forty-seven delegates from 19 contracting governments attended the meeting. There were also 13 observers from various organizations including Pesticide Action Network – Asia and Pacific, USDA and the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention.


A Progress Report of the Standing Committee on Integrated Pest Management was delivered by the outgoing Chair from the Philippines. It highlighted the incidence of pests and diseases in APPPC member countries as a result of crop production intensification under the national food security agenda and how the problems can be adequately addressed by breakthroughs in IPM given the political will to invest in farmer education in IPM. Work-plans for 2012-2013, presented by the incoming Chair from Vietnam, identified lead-counties for each activity as the People’s Republic of China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines for different activities.
  Indian Phytopathological Society and coming Symposium

The Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) is one of the largest societies of plant pathologists in the world. It was established in February 1947 at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. The constitution was ratified at the first annual general body meeting of the Society held in January 1948 when 156 charter members took part. IPS now has about 2,000 members located in more than 50 countries. It focuses on the fields of Mycology, Fungal Pathology, Bacteriology, Virology, Phytoplasmology and Nematology. IPS has published its journal Indian Phytopathology since early 1948.


More information about the Society and its history can be obtained by clicking here, which also leads to a link for the forthcoming National Symposium on "Biology of Infection, Immunity and Disease Control in Pathogen-Plant Interactions" in Hyderabad in December 2011. See also “Coming Events”.

International Symposium in China on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits


This symposium will be held in Guangzhou, China, in June 2012. See “Coming Events” and the symposium web-site. It is jointly organized by the Fruit Tree Research Institute, GDAAS, Guangzhou, China, the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), the International Society for Horticultural Sciences, the Hunan Agricultural University and the Guangdong Fruit Association. The symposium is a follow up to the one held in Bogor, Indonesia in 2008.


More information may be obtained from Professor Dr Jiang Zongyong, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Science, Guangzhou,
Guangdong, 610640, China. Phone: +86-2087596262, Fax: +86-2087503358 or
e-mail 1; or from Professor Dr Ganjun Yi, Fruit Tree Research Institute, Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Wushan, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510640, China. Phone: +86-2038765869, Fax: +86-2038765626, or e-mail 2.
  French Society of Phytopathology (Société Française de Phytopathologie)  

Dr Pascal Frey, President of the Society, has advised Greg Johnson, ISPP Secretary-General, that it has obtained a new Executive Committee for the period 2011-2014.


The members and contact details are now on the ISPP web-page.
  BGRI Technical Workshop in 2012 in China
This Workshop of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) will be held from 1-4 September 2012 at the Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China. Before this, the 13th International Cereal Rust and Powdery Mildew Conference will take place from 28-31 August. The local host institution will be the Institute of Plant Protection of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science. See “Coming Events” and the web-site.
  APS Journals – Editor’s Selections

Dr R Michael Davis, Editor-in-Chief of Plant Disease, picked from the September issue, a paper titled “Variability Among Forecast Models for the Apple Sooty Blotch/Flyspeck Disease Complex” by D R Cooley and colleagues. They examined sources of variability among available models that forecast apple diseases. Leaf wetness duration was highly variable, but canopy density, tree size, and cultivar also affected accuracy of models. The study is applicable to many forecasting models and shows the types of detailed analysis needed before any single model is universally applied. Read more...


Dr Gary Stacey, Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, selected from the September issue, a paper by Chiara Volpi et al from Italy titled “The Ectopic Expression of a Pectin Methyl Esterase Inhibitor Increases Pectin Methyl Esterification and Limits Fungal Diseases in Wheat”. It showed that transgenic expression in durum wheat of the inhibitor derived from golden Kiwi fruit caused an increase in pectin methylation and an increase in resistance to Bipolaris sorokiniana and Fusarium graminearum. Read more...


Dr Niklaus Grunwald, Editor-in-Chief of Phytopathology, picked a paper titled “Investigating the Genetic Structure of Phytophthora capsici Populations” by L M Quesada-Ocampo et al. The soil-borne pathogen affects many crops in the Solanaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae and other families. Isolates from six continents, 21 countries, 19 states in the USA and from 26 host species were genotyped for four mitochondrial and six nuclear loci. Bayesian clustering revealed some population structure by host, geographic origin and mefenoxam sensitivity, with some clusters occurring more or less frequently in particular categories. This highlights the importance of including isolates from all detected clusters for development of diagnostic tools, fungicides, and host resistance. Read more...
  International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists and a Workshop in China  

The ISSCT is an association of scientists, technologists, managers, institutions and companies/corporations concerned with the technical advancement of the cane sugar industry and its co-products. It has been in existence for 86 years during which time it has organized 27 Congresses, usually at 3-year intervals. The last Congress was held in Veracruz, Mexico. The next, the XXVIII Congress, is scheduled for São Paulo, Brazil in May 2013.

Workshops are also held between congresses for discussions among specialists on key issues affecting the industry. In May 2012, its 10th Pathology Workshop will be held in Nanning, China, as shown in “Coming Events” and
the Workshop web-site.

Bacterial disease of betel vines in Taiwan

Betel-vines (Piper betle, Piperaceae) showing leaf blight symptoms were observed during 2008 in central Taiwan. Infections resulted in 30 to 70% losses in leaf production. Symptoms on leaves were small, necrotic and water-soaked spots that progressed to circular or irregularly shaped brown lesions with chlorotic haloes. The presence of Acidovorax citrulli was found on diseased plants and this was the first report of the bacterium naturally infecting a non-cucurbit. Inoculation studies showed that betel-vine strains could infect Cucumis melo.


See: Deng W L, Huang T C, Tsai Y C (2010) First report of Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli as the causal agent of bacterial leaf blight of betelvine in Taiwan. Plant Disease 94 (8), 1065-1065.
  Annual Review of Phytopathology  

Useful information about this important review journal including about its latest issue Volume 49 published in September 2011 can be obtained by clicking on Phytopathology.

  Seed China News  

The first issue of “Seed China News” came out in January 2011 as volume 1 issue 1, and it may be down-loaded by clicking here.


It starts by stating that China is the second largest seed producing country in the world but that its domestic market is currently in turmoil, with too many companies with generally weak R&D capabilities. It faces great challenge from many overseas seed companies. The Ministry of Agriculture is formulating a new policy of "Seed Management Regulations". This is likely to cause the number of seed companies in China to be reduced because many existing companies will be unable to meet the requirements.  Overseas seed companies continue to strengthen their business in China, with for example expanding vegetable seed business in Guangdong, cooperating with domestic companies.


The news then covers over fourteen pages about activities involving seeds of different crops and for different regions of China.
  ADVERTISEMENT about the Journal of Integrated Pest Management  

  For more information, see www.entsoc.org/Pubs/Periodicals/jipm.
I thank Elaine Davison, Sarah Deverall, Greg Johnson and Peter Williamson for their input to this issue.

  Coming Events

“New technologies for early pest and disease detection” an AAB conference at the Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, Lincolnshire, UK.

12 October 2011.

See: the AAB web-site.

Contact: rebecca@aab.org.uk


V International Symposium on Acclimatization and Establishment of Micropropagated Plants in Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA.

16-20 October 2011.

Contact: Professor Paul Read, University of Nebraska, e-mail.


International Greening Education Event in Karlsruhe, Germany.

19-21 October 2011.

See: event details.


2nd Workshop of the International Cereal Cyst Nematode Initiative in Beijing China.

21-24 October 2011.      

Contact: Dr Julie Nicol at e-mail 1 and/or Dr Deliang Peng e-mail 2.


World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting in Accra, Ghana.

26-27 October 2011.

Contact: wcf@worldcocoa.org


GropWorld Global 2011 at Excel, London, UK.

31 October-2 November 2011.

See: www.cropworld-global.com


IUFRO Forest Entomology - Forest Pathology Joint Meeting in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.

8-11 November 2011.

See: http://www.iufrouruguay2011.org/.

Contact:  e-mail.


7th Canadian Workshop on Fusarium Head Blight in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

27-30 November 2011.

See: http://www.cwfhb.org/


1st Canadian Wheat Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

30 November–2 December 2011.

See: http://www.cwfhb.org/


National Symposium on "Biology of Infection, Immunity and Disease Control in Pathogen-Plant Interactions" in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India.

2-4 December 2011.

See: http://ipsdis.org/.


2011 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
4-6 December 2011.

Contact: scabusa@scabusa.org


BSPP Presidential meeting 2011: “The Impact of Bioactive Small Molecules in Plant Pathology” at Clare College, Cambridge, UK.

15-16 December 2011.


3rd Global Conference on Plant Pathology for Food Security at the Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, India.

10-13 Jan 2012.

Contact: The Organising Secretary, Dr Subhash C Bhargava, at e-mail or by mobile phone at +91 9928369280.


Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2012 in Dundee, Scotland, UK.

28-29 February 2012.

See: www.cpnb.org


7th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. 

27-29 March 2012.

See: (IPM) Symposium


III International Symposium on Guava and other Myrtaceae in Petrolina, Pernambuco, Brazil.

23-25 April 2012.

See: III International Symposium on Guava and other Myrtaceae

Contact: Dr Natoniel Franklin de Melo at e-mail


The International Society of Sugarcane Technologists (ISSCT) 10th Pathology Workshop in Nanning, China.

7-11 May 2012.

See: http://issct.intnet.mu/pdf/1announcepathMay2012.pdf


4th International Workshop for Phytophthora, Pythium, and Phytopythium at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 

21-25 May 2012
Contact: Z Gloria Abad at
e-mail 1 or Yilmaz Balci at e-mail 2.

See: http://www.psla.umd.edu/faculty/Balci/workshop2011/index.cfm.


22nd ‘International Conference on Virus and Other Graft Transmissible Diseases of Fruit Crops’ (ICVF) in Rome, Italy.

3-8 June 2012.

Contact: < icvf2012@cra-pav.it > or fax: +390682070246.


8th Congress of the French Society for Phytopathology in Paris, France.

5-8 June 2012.

See: https://www.agroparistech.fr/-SFP-2012-.html.


V International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Fruits in Guangzhou, China.

18–20 June 2012.                 

See: http://www.istsf2012.com/.


8th International Workshop on Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Valencia, Spain.
18-21 June 2012.

Look out for the first circular in early 2011.


"MycoRed North American Workshop" in Ottawa, Canada.

24-28 June 2012.

See:  http://www.mycored.ca/


International Conference on Plant and Canopy Architecture Impact on Disease Epidemiology and Pest Development in Rennes, France.

1-5 July 2012.

See: https://colloque.inra.fr/epidemiology_canopy_architecture


The 31st IUBS General Assembly and Conference on Biological Sciences and Bioindustry in Suzhou, China.

5-9 July 2012.

See: http://iubs.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1.


APS Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

4-8 August 2012.

See: http://www.apsnet.org


2012 BGRI Technical Workshop in Beijing, China.

1-4 September 2012.

See: http://bit.ly/qDcDiX.


7th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium in Fremantle, Western  Australia.

17–20 September 2012.

See: www.asds7.org


APS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, USA.

10-14 August 2013.

See: http://www.apsnet.org


10th International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP2013) in Beijing, China.

25-30 August 2013.

Contact: Professor You-Liang Peng, Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, PR China. Phone: +86-10-62733607; Fax: +86-10-62733607.

Contact: e-mail

See: http://www.icppbj2013.org/


19th Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference in Auckland, New Zealand.

24-27 November 2013.

See: http://www.australasianplantpathologysociety.org.au/

Contact: e-mail


10th International Mycological Congress (IMC10) in Bangkok, Thailand.

3–8 August 2014.

Contact: Leka Manoch by e-mail.


APS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

9-13 August 2014.

See: http://www.apsnet.org


29th International Horticultural Congress, “Horticulture - sustaining lives, livelihoods and landscapes”, in Brisbane, Australia. 

17–24 August 2014.

See: www.ihc2014.org

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