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.
Phytopathologia Mediterranea special issue
on Grapevine Trunk Diseases
The current issue of Phytopathologia Mediterranea contains research
papers and reviews as part of the 9th special issue on Grapevine Trunk
Diseases. Additionally, all abstracts of oral and poster presentations given
at the first COST Action FA 1303 workshop on "Sustainable control of
Grapevine Trunk Diseases: current state and future prospects" held in
Cognac, France, during 23-24 June 2015 are also contained in this issue.
Applied Horticultural Research have
released a new app called "Veg Pest ID" which can be used to identify pests
and diseases on vegetable crops in Australia. Its access is currently
restricted to Australia, but it may also be useful in other countries when
available. It can be downloaded in the Philippines and Vietnam also. The APP covers over 1,500 pests and the crops covered in this
The app can be used on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets. To download
the app, search Veg Pest ID online in the Apple Store for Apple or the Play
Store for Android devices.
Scott Isard Receives Prestigious Award
The USDA AFRI Food Security Challenge Area recently awarded the Integrated
Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Cooperative
Agricultural Project grant to Scott Isard. This five-year, $7 million
Cooperative Agricultural Project (CAP) is aimed at promoting a new culture
of sharing pest observation data. Its mission is to:
Contribute to our nation's infrastructure for food security;
local and regional capacity to respond to food security problems involving
Reduce adverse environmental effects from pest
Enhance farm profitability.
The iPiPE is comprised of diverse Crop-Pest Programs that incentivise growers
and consultants to submit observations on target and endemic pests by providing
tools and information that will support their timely management decision-making.
Coordinated by extension professionals from across the nation, programs address
a variety of crops and pests and provide undergraduate students with hands-on
extension and diagnostic experiences. Risk-based research will prioritise
detection efforts for target pests and direct in-field scouting for endemic
pests. Observations housed in a national pest observation depository will enable
future research to build on geographically extensive, multi-year databases.
(Penn State, September 2015)
Student reports on International Plant Protection Congress, 24-27
At the recent International Plant Protection Congress conference held in
Berlin, students from several universities in Germany reported on the
highlights of the meeting through the ICPP
Student Reporters 2015 blog. As
part of the IPPC 2015 meeting, the German Phytomedical Society (DPG) Junior
Scientists were invited to a World Café round table discussion with three
different topics. These are also covered in the blog.
Understanding phytobiomes to improve agricultural productivity
Phytobiome-plant interaction sessions were held during the recent APS
meeting in California, USA, and a link was provided in the
September issue of the
ISPP Newsletter. YouTube videos are also available of the special session
"Understanding Phytobiomes to Improve Agricultural Productivity" at the
APS-CPS Joint Meeting in Minneapolis, USA, in August 2014. This special
session featured five experts who illustrated why funding investments in
phytobiome approaches are critical by highlighting what we have not been
able to learn with individual organisms and revealing what can be learned
when microbiomes are studied as a system.
GM technology essential to producing enough wheat for 9 billion
Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, the winner of the World Food Prize 2014, says genetic
modification technology is needed to feed the world into the future. As a
wheat scientist in India and Mexico, he has bred 480 wheat varieties so far.
He said global what production has to increase from 700 million metric
tonnes, to one billion tonnes, to feed the world's population by 2050 and
conventional or hybrid breeding will not be enough.
"I think the
world community, including the governments, scientific centres and the
scientists, farmers, have got to prepare for how to meet that target." The
US is now allowing trials of GM wheat. He said the genes would have to be
carefully selected. "But it's one of the technologies if we're going to meet
the 1,000 million metric tonnes."
(ABC Rural, 18 September 2015)
Dr. Deena Errampalli, President of Plant Canada (2015-2019)
Immediate past president of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, Dr.
Deena Errampalli has been elected President of Plant Canada for a 4-year
term, 2015-19. Plant Canada, Federation of Canadian Plant Science
Societies (http://www.plantcanada.ca/ ) is an umbrella organization for six
Canadian plant scientific societies - Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA),
Canadian Botanical Association (CBA), Canadian Phytopathological Society
(CPS), Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS), Canadian Society
of Plant Biologists (CSPB), and Canadian Weed Science Society (CWSS).
Africa Plant Biosecurity Network underway
15 Senior Biosecurity Fellows and 30 Associate Fellows - biosecurity
champions for African plant pest and disease protection - met in Nairobi on
18 August 2015 for the first Africa Plant Biosecurity Network meeting. Bill
Magee represented The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC)
and gave a presentation at the meeting, with PBCRC CEO Michael Robinson
providing an opening address via video.
An initiative of the
Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership, the Fellows will be trained
in a range of plant protection areas to improve plant biosecurity in ten
east and southern African countries, including matched training in Australia
and development of communication skills. The aim is to assist African
individuals to improve regional biosecurity, farmer incomes, food security
and safe regional trade of agricultural products. The East and Southern
African countries included are Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique,
Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As well as providing
placements in Australian plant industries and biosecurity agencies, the
Network will bring African biosecurity professionals together to share
information, provide ongoing development mentoring, and support Fellows to
manage training and outreach in their own countries, improving biosecurity
systems, policies and resources. Senior Fellows will spend six weeks in
Australia later in the year. This will include an overview of Australia's
biosecurity system, a three-week technical placement with a host plant
biosecurity institution, training in soft skills and a field trip to see
plant biosecurity practices in action.
(The Leaflet, Plant
Biosecurity CRC, September 2015)
USDA grants $3 million to address food security and hunger
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and
Agriculture (NIFA) announced $3 million in grants designed to mitigate crop
losses by arthropods and diseases. The awards to support research,
education, and extension efforts were made through NIFA's Agriculture and
Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorised by the 2014 Farm Bill.
"This will enable the U.S. agriculture industry to mitigate critical
challenges in areas such as food security, sustainability, bioenergy,
climate change, and an increasing global competition," said Sonny Ramaswamy,
NIFA made the awards through the AFRI Food Security
challenge area, which seeks to increase sustainable food production.
Priority was given to projects that will improve prevention, early
detection, rapid diagnosis, or recovery from new, foreign, or emerging plant
diseases, arthropods, or nematodes that have the potential to cause major
impacts on food security. NIFA made additional awards in April 2015 through
the AFRI Food Security challenge area that focuses on minimizing livestock
losses to pests.
(USDA Press Release, 10 September 2015)
Shaping the Future of Food Safety, Together, 14-16 October 2015
European Food Safety Authority announced that the scientific conference
"Shaping the Future of Food Safety, Together" which takes place on 14-16
October 2015 in Milan, Italy, can be accessed via
streaming. Interested participants will also have the opportunity to
take part in the Question and Answer sessions by submitting their questions
and comments through Twitter or a dedicated form on the conference's website
while watching the conference.
In conjunction with EFSA's conference
a series of other events will be organised by partner institutions
Thanks to Carollee Bull, Greg Johnson and Peter Williamson for contributions.
European Food Safety Authority's 2nd conference "Shaping the Future of Food
Safety, Together" 14 October - 16 October, 2015 Milan, Italy
5th International / 10th National Conference on "Crop Protection for
Sustainable Agriculture" 23 November - 25 November, 2015 Institute of
Agricultural Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan Website:
2015 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum 6 December - 8 December, 2015
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, USA Hosted/Organised
by: U.S. Wheat & Barley Scab Initiative Email:
6th International Conference on Plant, Pathogens and People
23 February - 27 February, 2016 New Delhi, India Hosted/Organised by: Indian
Phytopathological Society Website: