Welcome to the Soybean root rot annual workshop. It will take place September 16-17, 2013. This workshop is intended to bring together stakeholders (including industry reps), soybean pathologists, oomycete molecular biologists, and extension personnel in an informal setting. It reinstates an annual meeting held 6 times during the 1990’s. The workshop will be held at Kemp Natural Resources Station in Woodruff, WI and is open to anyone interested in root rots.

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.

The meeting was previously held September 23-25, 2012 and October 29-31, 2011.

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