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


Professor Carolee T. Bull

Professor Carolee T. Bull, serves as the Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Director of the Penn State Microbiome Center which she established, and as a Professor of Plant Pathology and Systematic Bacteriology at Penn State University. Her research focuses on translational taxonomy using taxonomic inquiry to develop management strategies for diseases of mushrooms and plants. She serves as the convener of the ISPP Committee on the Taxonomy of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria and as the Secretary of the Judicial Commission of the Interinstitutional Committee on the Systematics of Prokaryotes. Professor Bull is a committed mentor and has received numerous awards for mentoring including the Secretary’s Honor Award (the highest award for service to the nation in agriculture) from the US Secretary of Agriculture in 2014. Dr. Bull received a BS in Botany from Ohio University in 1985, an MS in Plant Pathology from Washington State University in 1987, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from Oregon State University in 1992. She continued her work as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Lausanne before beginning her 20-year career with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Dr Thierry Candresse

Dr Thierry Candresse is a senior scientist working for INRA, the French National Agronomical Research Institute. He is the Team leader for Plant Virology and the Director of the Fruit Biology and Pathology joint Laboratory (UMR 1332 BFP) between INRA and the University of Bordeaux. While he has broad interest in molecular plant virology, including plant-virus interactions, his current research focuses on the development and use of novel approaches for plant virus detection and characterization, with applications in aetiology, in diagnostics and in plant virus ecology through metagenomics. Following an initial training in crop protection as an agricultural engineer from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, he obtained his PhD in the enzymology of plant virus replication from the University of Bordeaux 2 in 1984. Before joining INRA, he continued his work as a post-doctoral fellow at USDA-ARS in Beltsville (USA) studying viroids with Dr. T.O. Diener, From an initial emphasis in fruit tree virology, his research activities have extended gradually to a broader range of viruses and crops involving a range of collaborative efforts.

Professor Pedro Crous

Pedro Crous Ph.D., D.Sc. is professor in evolutionary phytopathology at the Universities Wageningen and Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he is presently the Director of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute. His main research interests are fungal systematics, and the characterisation of fungal plant pathogens. To stimulate global research on fungal biodiversity he has launched several initiatives, including MycoBank, Fungal Planet and Genera of Phytopathogenic Fungi, is the author of many fungal taxa, and a key role player in DNA barcoding of fungi. He is an editor or board member for numerous journals and has authored or edited several textbooks.

Professor Roger Innes

Roger Innes holds the Class of 1954 Professorship in Biology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and currently directs IUB’s Electron Microscopy Center. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and completed Post-doctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Innes’ research focuses on the immune system in plants, with a particular interest in how plants detect pathogens and how detection is translated into an active immune response. His group was among the first to identify and clone plant disease resistance genes using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In a second area of research, the Innes laboratory has been investigating intracellular and intercellular signaling and cell biology of the plant immune system, including analysis of endomembrane trafficking in plant cells and production of extracellular vesicles.

Professor Sophien Kamoun

Sophien Kamoun grew up in Tunisia where he developed a passion and curiosity about nature. He studied genetics in Paris and Davis, California, before working in Wageningen, Ohio and Norwich, where he is currently a Senior Scientist at The Sainsbury Laboratory and Professor of Biology at The University of East Anglia. He is known for his seminal contributions to our understanding of plant diseases and plant immunity.

Professor Kamoun pioneered genomics and molecular biology methods to reveal fundamental insights into the biology and evolution of eukaryotic plant pathogens. He discovered virulence effector families from pathogenic oomycetes and fungi, and showed how they can modulate plant immunity. He demonstrated how antagonistic coevolution with host plants has impacted the architecture of pathogen genomes, accelerated the evolution of effector genes, and drove the emergence of immune receptors networks. His inventive work in plant pathology has resulted in new approaches to mitigate some of the world’s most serious crop diseases.

Professor Kamoun has received many awards and recognitions, notably the Kuwait Prize and The Linnean Medal.

Professor Jan E. Leach

Jan Leach is a plant pathologist who studies the molecular basis of plant disease susceptibility and resistance and how these responses are influenced by interactions within the phytobiome. Leach is the current President of the International Society of Plant Pathology. She is a Fellow and a past President of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). She served on the APS Public Policy Board for 16 years, leading advocacy efforts such as the Phytobiomes Initiative, a systems-level approach to improving crop productivity. Leach is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Leach is a member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the US National Academy of Sciences, and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Noble Research Foundation Institute.

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  • Key Dates

  • Registrations Open November 2018
  • Call for Abstracts Open November 2018
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline 17 May 2019
  • Call for Workshops Close 15 March 2019
  • Call for Abstracts Close 25 July 2019
  • Notification to Authors 9 September 2019
  • APPS 2019 Conference 25 - 28 November 2019


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