Sessions Sponsored by the Forest Pathology Committee at the
2013 APS Annual Meeting

The 2013 APS meeting was held August 11-14, in Austin, Texas.

In addition to the field trip and special sessions there were also forest pathology papers sprinkled throughout the technical sessions, and forest pathology posters in the poster session.

Field Trip: Current Perspectives on Abiotic and Biotic Threats to Forest and Shade Trees of Texas

Saturday, August 10
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Organizers: Matthew Kasson, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, U.S.A.; Isabel Munck, USDA Forest Service, Durham, NH, U.S.A.; Jim Houser, Texas Forest Service, Austin, TX, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Forest Pathology
Fee: $60
The field trip will emphasize current abiotic and biotic threats, including oak wilt, Hypoxylon canker, leaf scorch, fire, and drought, to Texas forest and shade trees. Participants will visit several locations, including the Bastrop State Park, which was devastated by wildfires in 2011. Attendees will interact with local forest health specialists and pathologists to discuss research, surveys, and long-term drought and fire and their impact on forest health planning.

Committee Meeting: Saturday August 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Special Sessions:

(none sponsored by Forest Pathology, but these are topically related)

Functional, Evolutionary, and Ecological Diversity of Wood Decay Systems

Sunday, August 11
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Organizer: David Hibbett, Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.
Section: Ecology and Epidemiology
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Mycology
Wood decay has profound biogeochemical consequences, impacts timber-based industries, and has potential applications in biofuels. Wood decayers have been divided into two categories: white rot and brown rot, but genomics has revealed diversity within each class, and ecologists have long shown substrate and habitat preferences of particular species. This session highlights the diversity of wood decay systems from the perspectives of genomics, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, and ecology.

Invasive Threats to Palm Trees

Tuesday, August 13
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Organizers: Richard Lee, USDA ARS NCGRCD, Riverside, CA, U.S.A.; Carlos Angel, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, U.S.A.
Section: Diseases of Plants
Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Tropical Plant Pathology; Diseases of Ornamental Plants; Vector-Pathogen Complexes
Palms used for ornamental and food production in the United States are under increasing threats to invasive pathogens and pests. The purpose of this session is to educate and inform commodity stakeholders, regulatory personnel, nurseries, and interested scientists of the nature of the threats.