The American Phytopathological Society (APS), in cooperation with related organizations, will hold a National Soybean Rust Symposium Nov. 15-16 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

“This symposium will offer the latest and best research and information on soybean rust acquired during North America's first crop season with the disease,” said Gary Bergstrom, professor of plant pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

“By bringing together growers and leaders from government, academia, and industry to share information and perspectives gathered from this past year, we will be able to identify priorities on how best to respond to this disease in the next growing season,” he added.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to review the U.S. soybean rust strategic plan and coordinated framework.

The technical program will include discussion of the latest information on:

  • Detection and prediction systems for soybean rust — How well did they work in 2005?

  • Fungicide efficacy and application studies.

  • Pathogen genetics — What's in progress?

  • Host resistance — Sources of partial resistance to rust.

  • Marker-assisted selection — What's in progress.

  • Pathogen biology — Epidemiology, additional hosts, inoculum sources.

The symposium will also offer posters on the latest research and efforts on soybean rust including:

  • Detection, prediction, and diagnostics for soybean rust.

  • Soybean rust management.

  • Germplasm enhancement.

  • Biotechnology of soybean rust.

The technical program begins at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern time) on Nov. 15 and ends at noon on Nov. 16.

The full program can be found at http://www.apsnet.org/online/sbr. To register visit http://www.spsnet.org/online/sbr/.

APS is a non-profit, professional, scientific organization. The research of the organization's 5,000 world-wide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.