Plant pathologists from around the world to discuss national agricultural security initiatives

July 30, 2003

St. Paul, MN (July 30, 2003) - Plans to protect the nation's crops from both intentional and non-intentional plant pathogen introductions and recent technological advances in plant health science will be the focus of the plenary session at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) in Charlotte, NC, August 9-13, 2003.

The plenary session will feature new national initiatives for plant biosecurity. "The actions APS is proposing and those that came about from the funding of biosecurity initiatives will improve the science of plant pathology and our ability to protect our crops from disease whether or not we have a breach in biosecurity," said APS President Jacqueline Fletcher.

Fletcher also noted that recent advances in technology will change the face of plant pathology. "The power of modern technology, such as genomics, will touch every discipline in plant pathology," Fletcher said. "It will revolutionize the way plant pathology is conducted in the future," she said.

Elements of the plenary session include:
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