History of the
International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP)
My intent in documenting the history of ISPP is to capture
its formation and evolution from the contentious beginnings and exemplary first
Congress in London in 1968 to the 10th Congress to be held in Beijing in 2013.
Therefore, it is organized chronologically around each of the 5-year meetings
and includes some interim events. Although not an exhaustively complete
collection, it is based on interviews, archive records, and recollections of
some of the most important, esteemed, thoughtful, and handsome members of our
society (see photos).
I am grateful to those who contributed to this History.
The first President of ISPP, Professor R. K. S. Wood, sent me letters describing
the origins of the 1st Congress; and Dr. Greg Johnson, the newly elected
President of ISPP, has provided valuable resources that he researched. The
reports and personal comments by Dr. Peter Scott, President of the 7th Congress
in 1998 and leader of the Task Force on Global Food Security, represent a major
contribution to ISPP and to this History. Drs. Thor Kommedahl and Brian
Deveral, longtime Editors of the Newsletter, also contributed valuable personal
comments and archived material. And finally, special thanks to Dr. Jim
Cook, who attended all nine of the Congresses and was President of ISPP in 1988,
for providing his personal files and comments that are essential to this
Charlie Delp, ISPP Historian, August 2013
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History of the
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Australasian Plant Pathology Society
British Society for Plant Pathology
Peruvian Association for Phytopathology
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