|MINUTES OF THE FOREST PATHOLOGY COMMITTEE
August 12, 2000.
The meeting began at 8:00 PM with chairperson Kerry Britton and vice-chair Bill Otrosina presiding. The proposed agenda for the current committee meeting and the minutes of the Montreal meeting were handed out to participants. Present were _ members and _ non-members.
Montreal minutes were approved. It was noted that Larry Madden, heads an ad hoc committee on emerging diseases, either indigenous or non-indigenous, and requested names of 10 such diseases from forest pathology. Joe O=Brien agreed to provide Otrosina with names of 10 organisms in this category by end of Sept. 2000.
The issue of common name lists for forest pathogens was discussed extensively. Melody Putnam attended the meeting to help clarify several questions and misconceptions about developing the lists. She restated the forest pathology committee=s charge regarding the Douglas-fir list, that is, Is the Douglas-fir common name list complete? One misconception was that some folks thought that a new list was to be developed. The point was made that the Forest Pathology Committee did not create the listsBthe committee=s role, in reality, was to grant approval. Putnam also stated that these lists will be updated or revised every five years. Approved common names will be used in all official APS publications.
Kliejunas, member of the common names subcommittee, gave a report on the status of common names lists. Paul Manion is also a member of this subcommittee. Kliejunas will supply revised Douglas-fir list to forest path committee for approval after reconciling the two (Tainter and Hansen) lists. This list will also be posted on APSnet for comment. The other lists, Abies, Picea, and Tsuga along with the oak and yellow poplar lists (after evaluation of accuracy) will be resubmitted to Forest Pathology Committee for comment.
Some comments by participants regarding the common names lists:
-Should such common names lists exist?
-Putnam stated the Forest Pathology Committee can abandon these lists.
-Stanosz pointed out that the policy of APS is to have these lists, therefore we must produce the lists.
-Britton questioned the necessity for all diseases to have common names, given existence of several names for one disease varying over locales.
-Putnam replied that there can be synonyms. We don=t necessarily need every name or disease listed.
The consensus seemed to be that it was best that the Forest Pathology Committee review common names lists.
Symposia at SLC
Given the on-line workshop to be conducted on exotic pests, Shaw asked-- Is a follow-up of the workshop going to be presented at Salt Lake City?
Britton explained how this on-line symposium works. The setup is conducive to anonymity and frank discussions. These are clear advantages over traditional symposia. The dates proposed for this on-line symposium will be on or about April 16-28, 2001. Cost are currently being investigated for CD=sBestimates run about 5K for CD=s and 5K for distribution of approx 500 CD=s. At the time of this Forest Pathology Committee meeting, this on-line symposium is at the stage for proposing to APS as an official APS on-line symposium. Indications are that this is a Ago@.
A discussion session at SLC on this on-line symposium was proposed and Kerry Britton, Terry Shaw, and Dave Dwinell agreed to organize and moderate this session.
Other Special sessions at SLC-Symposium proposed by John Lundquist Impacts of management choices on disease development in high elevation forests. The motion for this was carried.
Det Vogler=s proposed symposium on Diverse roles of microbes in forest ecosystems was tabled until Milwaukee, 2002.
Also proposed in 2002 was a symposium on chestnut blight. It was suggested Jane Cummings-Carlson might spearhead.
For 2002, another symposium on Genetic and environmental influences on pathogen populations was proposed.
Also, the forest pathology field trip at SLC was discussed. Fred Baker is to be contacted regarding this. Details left to Baker, if he agrees, as to length of field trip.
For the 2002 field trip, Glen Stanosz agreed to host. A proposed 2 day field trip would be at the Menomonee Indian Reservation. A one day trip, should that be desired, would involve urban tree diseases and possibly some state lands.
New Members and Officers
Three new members of the Forest Pathology Committee were nominated. Ned Klopenstein, Joe O=Brien, and Matteo Garbelotto. Otrosina will be chair at 2001 SLC meeting- Linda Haugen vice-chair. Glen Stanosz will be vice-chair at Milwaukee, 2002.
Linda Haugen was commended for her work on poster display at the NO meeting, increasing visibility of forest pathology in the Society. A suggestion relating to visibility was to for all to become more active in promoting forest pathology in the APS newsletter. Should this Society become more active in SAF? Items to ponder.
The meeting was adjourned sometime after 9:30 PM, August 12, 2000.
William J. Otrosina