Plant pathology conference opens world of new ideas for BHEARD scholar

posted on September 2, 2015 3:48pm

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Md. Mynul Islam, 2013 BHEARD scholar and Ph.D. candidate in plant pathology at Ohio State University, recently attended the American Phytopathological Society annual conference in Pasadena, Calif., where he presented his poster, “Diversity of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum isolates collected from Bangladesh and the United States.”Plant health scientists from around the world descended upon Pasadena, Calif., during the first week in August at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society.

“Crossroads in Science” attracted more than 1,500 participants from nearly 35 countries who shared the latest information on plant pathology during symposia and discussion sessions, research presentations, workshops and special events.

Plant scientists in government, academia, industry, and private practice had an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scientific and technical sessions, present research results, and learn about innovative new products and services.

The scientific program included more than 300 oral presentations and more than 800 posters featuring the latest scientific research in:

  • Biology of Pathogens: Bacteriology; Virology; Mycology; Nematology; Oomycetes, Postharvest Pathology and Mycotoxins

  • Disease Control and Pest Management: Genetics of Resistance; Cultural Control; Chemical Control; Biological Control; Regulatory Plant Pathology; Integrated Pest Management

  • Diseases of Plants: Plant Stress and Abiotic Disorders; Crop Loss Assessment; Disease Detection and Diagnosis; New and Emerging Diseases

  • Ecology and Epidemiology: Analytical and Theoretical Plant Pathology; Cropping systems / Sustainability; Pathogen-Vector Interactions; Phyllosphere; Rhizosphere; Population Biology Genetics; Climate Change; Risk Assessment; Systematics/Evolution; Pathogen Dispersal

  • Molecular/Cellular/Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions; Proteomics/Metabolomics/Genomics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Molecular Aspects of Effectors and their Host Targets; Plant Defense Responses

  • Innovation in Science: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development; Outreach and Engagement; Advising and Mentoring; Networking; Ethics

“Many of the oral presentations that I heard were very good,” said BHEARD scholar Md. Mynul Islam, a doctoral candidate studying plant pathology at Ohio State University. “It was interesting to see the current research, as well as what we might see in the future.”

Mynul was particularly interested in the two days of poster huddles, which offered in-depth discussion of research and findings presented by poster authors such as how to develop a screening method in order to identify disease resistant plants.

“These types of settings are very helpful because you’re exposed to new ideas and collaboration,” Mynul said. “Whether it was discussing the role of fungicides or identifying the amount of pathogens in plants, there were formal and informal presentations with many great ideas being presented.”

The 2016 APS conference will be held July 30-Aug. 3 in Tampa, Fla.