2017 Program – Click Here for the meeting program and abstract book in PDF format. Below is a general overview

  • Saturday, March 11, 2018 – Arrival, Welcoming Dinner 6 PM
  • Sunday, March 12 – Registration, Oral presentations, Evening Poster session (odd numbers)
  • Monday, March 13 – Oral presentations, Evening Poster session (even numbers)
  • Tuesday, March 14 – Oral presentations, Convene at noon, lunch and Depart
  • Please note: Oral presentations will be in Fred Farr Forum. Poster sessions will be in Kiln Hall. All meals will be in Crocker Dining Hall. The conference dinner on Monday evening will be in Seascape banquet room located in the right rear of Crocker. See map for building locations (pdf format).
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Finalized program below and in pdf format (click here). Use the search form to find a specific author or topic.

PROGRAM 2017  
12:20 - 2:00Lunch/Adjourn
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:05Welcome
9:05 - 10:25Genomics IChair: Alamgir Rahman
9:05 - 9:20Prediction and characterization of WY-domain effectors in downy mildewsKelsey Wood
9:25 - 9:40CRISPR/Cas9, a powerful new tool for genetic studies of oomycete pathogensYufeng ‘Francis’ Fang
9:45 - 10:00Systematic approach for development of markers for plant pathogenic oomycetesFrank Martin
10:05 - 10:20Identification of effectors and structural variants in the improved genome assemblies of Phytophthora ramorum isolates using novel bioinformatics pipelinesTakao Kasuga (Mathu Malar unable to attend)
10:25 - 10:50Break
10:50 - 12:00Keynote SpeechChair: Lina Quesada and Aurelien Tartar
Comparative genome evolution in fungi, from populations to phylaJason Staijich
12:00 - 2:00Lunch
2:00 - 3:20Host interactions and resistance IChair: Patricia Manosalva
2:00 - 2:15Phytophthora suppressor of RNA silencing 2 (PSR2) suppresses small RNA accumulation by interacting with Double-stranded RNA Binding protein 4 (DRB4) in Arabidopsis Yi Zhai
2:20 - 2:35Management of downy mildew in lima beanTerence Mhora
2:40 - 2:55 Phytophthora infestans produces small phospholipase D-like proteins that elicit plant cell death and promote virulenceFrancine Govers
3:00 - 3:15Plant recognition of a novel Phytophthora PAMP XEG1Yan Wang
3:20 - 3:50Break
3:50 - 5:10Effectors IChair: Joël Klein
3:50 - 4:05A Phytophthora palmivora cystatin-like protease inhibitor targets papain to contribute to virulence on papayaMiaoying Tian
4:10 - 4:25An effector-targeted susceptibility factor mediates degradation of an immunity-associated vesicle trafficking regulator SWAP70Qin He
4:30 - 4:45Downy mildew conserved RXLR effectors drive the discovery of sunflower broad-spectrum resistanceLaurence Godiard
4:50 - 5:05Phytophthora effectors suppress plant immunity by interfering with the Ca2+-signaling pathwayGul Shad Ali
5:10 - 5:25FungiDB: new, cool, and under-utilized features for the oomycete
Omar Harb
5:30 - 5:55Discussion on future research and funding opportunities
6:00 - 7:30Dinner
7:30 - 10:00Reception/Poster session (odd numbers)
Monday, March 13th, 2017
9:00 - 10:20Genomics IIChair: Kelsey Wood
9:00 - 9:15Comparative genomics to assess mycoparasitism and pathogenicity in the oomycetesLaura Grenville-Briggs
9:20 - 9:35Using comparative genomics to develop biosurveillance tools for the cucurbit downy mildew pathogen Pseudoperonospora cubensisAlamgir Rahman
9:40 - 9:55Target enrichment sequencing of Phytophthora species enables massively parallel diagnostic analysis of known avirulence genes and revised genome annotation of Phytophthora infestans RXLR effectorsIngo Hein
10:00 - 10:15Genomic investigations of heterokaryosis in the oomycete pathogen of lettuce, Bremia lactucaeKyle Fletcher
10:20 - 10:50Break
10:50 - 11:50Effectors IIChair: Miaoying Tian
10:50 - 11:05A Phytophthora capsici virulent RXLR effector targets plant PP2a isoforms that confer Phytophthora blight resistanceXiao-Ren Chen
11:10 - 11:25The contribution of effectors to nonhost resistanceHazel McLellan
11:30 - 11:45Identification and monitoring of effector proteins in the spinach downy mildew pathogen Peronospora farinosaJoël Klein
11:50 - 12:20Group photo
12:20 - 2:00Lunch
2:00 - 3:20Host interactions and resistance IIChair: Yi Zhai
2:00 - 2:15Autophagy is a central cellular process in the interaction between the kelp Macrocystis pyrifera and Anisolpidium ectocarpii (Oomycota)Pedro Murúa
2:20 - 2:35Secreted Nep1-like proteins of oomycetes, fungi, and bacteria trigger immunity in Arabidopsis; genetic dissection of NLP-induced plant defenseGuido Van den Ackerveken
2:40 - 2:55Understanding plant immunity to Phytophthora spp.: from model plants to cropsPatricia Manosalva
3:00 - 3:15Utilizing host resistance for the management of the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora sojaeColin Davis
3:20 - 3:50Break
3:50 - 5:10Oomycete biology, populations, and evolution IChair: Javier F. Tabima
3:50 - 4:05Phylogeography of the tropical oomycete Phytophthora palmivoraErica M. Goss
4:10 - 4:25Diversity of Phytophthora species from natural and semi-natural ecosystems in Portugal, Chile and VietnamMarília Horta Jung
4:30 - 4:45Live cell imaging of the cytoskeleton in Phytophthora pathogens reveals unique actin and microtubule configurationsKiki Kots
4:50 - 5:05Morphological and molecular identification of Phytophthora palmivora Butler as causal agent of black pod rot of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) from coastal EcuadorMiriam Escós Martínez
5:10 - 5:55Committee meeting
6:00 - 7:30Dinner (Seascape banquet room to the right rear of Crocker)
7:30 - 10:00Refreshments/Poster session (even numbers)
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
9:00 - 10:00Genomics IIIChair: Laura Grenville-Briggs
9:00 - 9:15Genome biology, evolution and recognition of Albugo candida CCG effectorsOliver J. Furzer
9:20 - 9:35Oomycete evolution reconstructed with an automated phylogenomics pipeline using publicly available genome data from 39 taxa and three additional taxa not previously sequencedHai D.T. Nguyen
9:40 - 9:55Updated view of genome structure, variation, and transcriptional dynamics in Phytophthora infestans based on a PacBio assembly and revised gene modelsHoward Judelson
10:00 - 10:15Transcriptional programming of Phytophthora sojae for organ-specific infectionWenwu Ye
10:20 - 10:50Break
10:50 - 11:50Oomycete biology, populations, and evolution IIChair: Erica M. Goss
10:50 - 11:05Population dynamics of Phytophthora rubi indicate high rates of migration between states and nurseries in the Pacific Northwestern United StatesJavier F. Tabima
11:10 - 11:25Nothophytophthora prov. nom., a new sister genus of PhytophthoraMarília Horta Jung
11:30 - 11:45Hidden diversity in the oomycete genus Olpidiopsis is a global threat to red algal cultivationYacine Badis
11:50 - 12:00Closing remarks

Oral presentations:

  • Oral presentations will be 15 minutes long (including between 3 and 5 minutes for questions).
  • Provided equipment will be a laptop with MS Powerpoint 2016 and Adobe Reader, LCD projector, remote w/ laser pointer, and a microphone.
  • Presenters should load and test their presentations prior to their scheduled session.

Poster  presentations:

  • Presenters given odd numbers will present in the Sunday evening session and even numbers will present the following Monday evening.
  • Please limit your poster to 3 ft, 11 inches high x 3 ft, 11 inches wide (119.5 cm x 119.5 cm). Poster boards are 4 ft high x 8 ft wide with 2 posters per side.
  • 2-sided poster tape and thumbtacks will be provided.

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