Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference
25-28 November 2019 Melbourne, Australia
Strong Foundations, Future Innovations

Call for Abstracts

The Australasian Plant Pathology Society is turning 50 years old. Much has changed in our discipline over that time, indeed some of the topics listed below were largely unheard of 50 years ago. The scientific program is being developed to celebrate our "Strong Foundations" and highlight the latest innovations in plant pathology that will lead to "Future Innovations".

Abstract Submissions Closed

APPS2019 invites abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations. The topics below have been suggested to span the breadth and depth within our discipline. These topics have been kept deliberately broad such that, with only a few exceptions, submissions from any of the key disciplines represented by our society (bacteriology, mycology, virology and nematology) would be equally appropriate. In addition, entomology submissions are also welcome where the insect/mite involved is a vector of an agent of disease.

Under our six broad themes, are topics we hope you will find interesting. This is not a fixed list of session names but will be shaped accordingly as abstracts are received.

Molecular Plant Pathology

  • Evolution and Diversity
  • Molecular Biology of Vector-Borne Disease Systems
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions (including endophytes)
  • Pathogenomics
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Host Resistance and Breeding

Disease Management and Control

  • New Technologies and Novel Methods for Disease Control (including Biocontrol)
  • Agrichemicals and Managing Chemical Resistance
  • Postharvest Management
  • Integrated Disease Management
  • Resistance Breeding and Resistance Management

Epidemiology and Modelling

  • Disease Surveys and Monitoring
  • Modelling and Risk Analysis


  • Innovations in Detection and Diagnosis
  • Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Taxonomy and phylogeny


  • New and Emerging Diseases
  • Lines of Defence – The Biosecurity Continuum
  • Surveillance and Incursion Response
  • Managing Plant Disease in a Global Economy
  • Community and Industry Engagement
  • Risk Analysis

Disease Systems

their Ecology, Biology and Field pathology

  • Agricultural Microbiomes
  • Forest/Tree Pathology
  • Monitoring Crop Loss
  • Soilborne Diseases and pests
  • Postharvest Disease
  • Foliar Pathogens
  • Vectors in Disease Systems
  • Diseases of Native Ecosystems

All abstracts must follow the instructions listed below and be submitted online by midnight AEST Thursday, 25 July 2019. Please note that the closing date for abstract submission will not be extended and abstracts will only be accepted if the presenting author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of Monday, 23 September 2019.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for the APPS2019 Conference should be emailed to

Key Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts open November 2018
Abstract submission closes 25 July 2019
Authors notified of results 9 September 2019
Presenter deadline to register 23 September 2019

Abstract Submission Details

  • All abstracts must be submitted in English via the conference Abstract submissions page only.
  • Abstracts must not exceed 300 words (excluding the title, authors and affiliations) and follow the instructions given within the abstract submission portal.
  • Abstract title and author information is not to be included in the body of the abstract.
  • Abstracts should not contain any tables or figures. References in the text have to be cited at the end of the abstract and are included in the 300 word count.
  • Symbols are permitted
  • The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be kept to a minimum.
  • Multiple abstract submissions from the same individual are permitted.
  • Commercial presentations are not permitted.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by midnight AEST, Thursday, 25 July 2019, for consideration by the Committee. Authors will be notified of provisional acceptance of abstracts by Monday, 9 September 2019, including the presentation type for which their abstract has been accepted.
  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract
  • For an abstract to be formally accepted and included in the program, the presenting author must be registered and paid to attend the Conference by Monday, 23 September 2019.
  • All presentations given at the conference must be in English.

Presentation Types

Abstracts may be submitted for one of the following presentation types:

  1. Oral: A spoken presentation, including introduction and question and answer. Presenters display the research and/or findings of their accepted abstract in a PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Poster: The Conference will dedicate an allotted time for poster presentations with the opportunity for audience participation and enquiry.

Abstract evaluations

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the information included in the abstract. Abstracts need to be based on available data. Statements such as “data will be available at the meeting” will typically lead to rejection of an abstract.

Accepted abstracts will be selected by the Scientific Committee for an oral presentation or for presentation during a poster session. Authors will be invited to indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation however the final decision on presentation format will be made by the program committee.

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in APPS Conference 2019:

  • All author(s) approve submitting this work for presentation.
  • The author(s) transfer(s) all copyright ownership of the named abstract to APPS Conference 2019.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one abstract accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • The presenting author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The presenting author will immediately notify the APPS Conference 2019 Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author changes.
  • Submission of the contact details provided are those of the presenter of the abstract. He/she will be notified about the status of the abstract and is responsible for informing the other authors about the status of the abstract.
  • Submission of the abstract constitutes consent of all authors of the abstract to publication (e.g, APPS website, programs, other promotions).
  • All authors of the abstract warrant and represent that they either are the sole owners of, or have all necessary rights to, sublicense all the information and content in the abstract provided to APPS and its APPS organisers, and that publication of the abstract does not infringe any rights, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights, or of any third parties.
  • All authors of the abstract grant APPS a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute and display the abstract.
  • APPS reserves the right to remove from any publication any abstract that does not comply with the above.
Download the Conference Program Book
  • Key Dates

  • Registrations Now open
  • Call for Abstracts Now open
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline 5 July 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Close 25 July 2019
  • Notification to Authors 9 September 2019
  • Registration for Workshops Close 23 September 2019
  • APPS 2019 Conference 25 - 28 November 2019


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