Approximately 90 guests attended the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society’s Potomac Division in Delaware in March 2011. PPWS was well-represented on the Executive Committee, with Mary Ann Hansen, instructor, serving as president and Boris Vinatzer, associate professor, serving as vice president.
Professor Brett Tyler of PPWS and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute was the meeting’s plenary speaker. He gave a presentation on “How Effectors From Oomycetes, Fungi, and Insects Promote Plant Disease: From Genomics Toward Prevention.”
Emeritus Professor Gary Griffin, who is active in research on thousand cankers disease, presented “Threat of Thousand Cankers Disease to Black Walnut in the East: Lessons From Chestnut Blight, Dutch Elm Disease, and White Pine Blister Rust.”
Graduate students Lynn Rallos and Sasha Marine both received first place awards in the student paper competition.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
September 7, 2011