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Note to APS members:

The Caribbean Division holds a regional meeting every year. This meeting provides both an intimate venue in which graduate students can present oral papers, and also provides all members the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and share information with colleagues working on subtropical or tropical plant diseases. This year APS-CD is meeting jointly with the Caribbean Food Crop Society which offers an additional opportunity to learn about all types of agricultural research being conducted throughout the greater Caribbean basin.

Please encourage students and colleagues to submit abstracts and participate in the 2014 Caribbean Division meeting being held jointly with the Caribbean Food Crops Society in the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands, July 6-10 (actual APS-CD meeting dates are July 7-9, 2014).

An excellent networking opportunity and we hope to see a great turnout at this year’s meeting.

For details contact:

Aaron J. Palmateer
APS Caribbean Division President
ajp@ufl.edu

 

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Posted Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm 

OKLAHOMA CITY

They may look pretty, but Trisha Gedon, OSU Ag Communications Specialist, said there are many invasive plant species that have a significant negative impact on Oklahoma agriculture. Couple these plants with some invasive insect pests and you have a recipe for disaster.

In an effort to help Oklahomans learn more about the detrimental effects of these plants and insects and how to control them, the Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference is slated March 25 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2010 S. Meridian Ave., in Oklahoma City.

Jackie Lee, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension fruit and nut entomologist and pesticide coordinator, said the one-day conference is geared toward helping educate the people of Oklahoma about invasive species that threaten the economics and ecological health of our state.

“We’ve got several university and industry professionals who will be on hand to share their expertise,” Lee said. “They’ll be sharing information on everything from kudzu and fire ants to invasive aquatics and feral hogs. Speakers will provide regulatory information, as well as species identification, control methods and environmental impact. We’ve got a lot of information packed into this conference.”

The conference also will feature an informative poster session.

This informative conference is sponsored by OSU Cooperative Extension; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative; the Oklahoma Department of Food and Forestry; and the following academic departments at OSU: entomology and plant pathology, natural resource ecology and management, plant and soil sciences and zoology.

The registration fee is $50 and participants may register online or simply register at the conference site. The fee includes a continental breakfast, refreshment and lunch. Online registration is available at http://agconferences.okstate.edu/oklahoma-invasive-species-conference-1. Participants also may print a registration form and mail it in.

CCA CEUs, pesticide applicator CEUs and in-service credit will be given to participants.

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Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Agriculture and Climate Change
Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty
15 – 17 February 2015, NH Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference Agriculture and Climate Change: Adapting Crops to Increased Uncertainty will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity in the face of climate change.

Maintaining crop production to feed a growing population during a period of climate change is the greatest challenge we face as a species.

The increasing crop yields during the Green Revolution in the last century were brought about mostly through the application of chemical fertilisers and pesticides (and during an uncommon period of climate stability). Yield increases have slowed and may go into decline as the world runs out of sources of phosphate and fossil energy used to produce nitrate fertilisers. New approaches to yield improvement are desperately needed to produce more climate resilient crops.


Call for Abstracts
Submit abstracts by 17 October 2014

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Topics

  • Increased agricultural uncertainty
  • Effects of CO2 on plant growth
  • Abiotic stress
  • Climate change, pests and disease
  • Nutrient use efficiency
  • New crops for a new climate
  • Redesigning major crops for a new climate
  • Sustainability of agriculture
  • Technologies for rapid crop improvement

Submit your abstract »


For further information on the conference and to sign up for email updates, visit: www.agricultureandclimatechange.com

Important Dates

17 October 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline

5 December 2014
Author Registration and
Early Bird Deadline

Conference Chairs

David Edwards
University of Queensland, Australia

Giles Oldroyd
John Innes Centre, UK


Advisory Committee

Robert Henry
University of Queensland, Australia

Kadambot Siddique
University of Western Australia, Australia

Jose Crossa
CIMMYT, Mexico

Michael Udvardi
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, USA

Andy Paterson
University of Georgia, USA

Mark Sorrells
Cornell University, USA

Mark Tester
KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Rodomiro Ortez
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Jeff Bennetzen
University of Georgia, USA


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Posted Mar. 6, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

STILLWATER

We have all had unwanted and even uninvited guests overstay their welcome in our homes. That anxious feeling of wanting those people to leave without knowing how to ask is all too familiar.

It is a similar feeling many property owners in Oklahoma are experiencing with invasive species of insects, plants and animals. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is hosting the Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference March 25 to discuss this issue.

“The mission of this conference is to educate the people of Oklahoma about invasive species that threaten the economic and ecological health of our state,” said Karen Hickman, natural resource ecology and management professor at Oklahoma State University. “A study from about 10 years ago found the U.S. is spending about $138 billion annually in lost production and cost for control.”

The event will be hosted at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2101 S. Meridian Ave., in Oklahoma City from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $35 early registration (before March 10) includes continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Registration after March 10 is $50.

The conference offers sessions on the biology and management of non-native insect pests, the plant protection and quarantine approach, invasive aquatics in Oklahoma, an introduction to the bagrada bug, a cole crop pest from Africa, and the status of kudzu in Oklahoma.

“Kudzu is a threat to our forested areas, as well as our roadsides and tourist areas,” Hickman said. “It grows rapidly (up to 18 inches per day) and can very readily take over trees.”

After a poster session and lunch, attendees will learn about innovative solutions for feral hog control, insect monitoring and management, the status and future of fire ants and emerald ash borer in North America.

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion for any additional questions. To register for the Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference, visit orangehub.okstate.edu. The rate for the Wyndham Garden Hotel is $87 if reserved by March 10.

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