Welcome to the Soybean root rot annual workshop. This year, it will take place November 18-19, 2014 (arrive Monday, Nov 17th) at Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key, FL (about midway down the Florida Keys).

This workshop is open to anyone interested in root rots and is intended to bring together stakeholders (including industry reps), soybean pathologists, oomycete molecular biologists, and extension personnel in an informal setting. A limited number of travel fellowships will be awarded to attend. Lodging, meals, and refreshments during the meeting will be provided for all attendees.

The workshop was recently held at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, WI and reinstates an annual meeting held 6 times during the 1990’s:

  • October 30-31, 2011
  • September 23-25, 2012
  • September 16-17, 2013

This workshop is part of a larger objective to facilitate communication and collaboration among extension personnel, plant scientists, and oomycete molecular genetics researchers interested in oomycete disease control and supports a 5 year, 18 institute coordinated agricultural project (CAP) through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at USDA-NIFA that addresses the program area of “Oomycete Pathoystems in Crop Plants to Minimize Disease”. The goal of this project is to take our knowledge of the biology of oomycete pathogens, especially P. sojae, to create new disease management technologies that integrate with current practices to improve the sustainability of soybean production and other crop plants in the US. Specific objectives are:

  1. Molecular diagnostic tools for Pythium and Phytopthora sojae (Psj).
  2. Screen for new resistance using Psj effectors.
  3. Disrupt oomycete infection w/ new transgenics.
  4. Novel resistance transgene strategies.
  5. Oomycete undergraduate network.
  6. Economic and social analysis of project technologies.
  7. Facilitated communication/collaboration among soybean-oomycete community.
  8. Extension programs for oomycete diseases of soybean/other crop plants and GMO technologies.
  9. Expand highly successful Kids’ Tech University at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech to Bowling Green State University.

Funding for this meeting and its parent project, “Integrated Management of Oomycete Diseases of Soybean and Other Crop Plants”, is provided by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant 2011-68004-30104 of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. While CAP members are encouraged to attend, the meeting is open to anyone interested in root rots.

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