BSPP 2014 Presidential Meeting - Some like it hot

St Andrews University, 01 to 02 Sep 2014

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Conference location: St Andrews University, The Gateway building, Gateway Galleries, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9RJ

Accommodation: Agnes Blackadder Hall, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9XW - This is approx. a 5 minute walk from the Gateway Building.

Speakers: Talks should be provided on a USB memory stick. 

Posters: Posters can be a maximum of A0 size (841 x 1189 mm).

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Global warming will affect disease incidence, the emergence of new strains and effectiveness of control measures. To safeguard food production it is vital to develop stress resilient crops and ensure agricultural practices employ the most efficient technologies. This meeting will focus on current advances in plant pathology research that will contribute to sustainable crop production in a warming world. It will comprise invited keynote presentations and offered papers on how abiotic stress affects (i) the molecular mechanisms of disease resistance and susceptibility, (ii) forecasting the incidence and emergence of new strains and (iii) how control measures can be devised, improved and adapted to meet the challenge. Perspectives from developed and developing world farming systems will be considered.

The will be a poster session at the meeting and participants are encouraged to submit abstracts for posters using the official abstract form. Abstract submission closes on 30 June 2014.

The meeting will incorporate the P H Gregory Prize. Post-graduates and early-stage researchers who have yet to present at a meeting of a learned society are invited to submit an abstract for an oral presentation. Student members of the BSPP are additionally invited to enter the J Colhoun poster competition. Abstract submission closes on 30 June 2014.

Abstracts should be submitted on the official abstract form which can be downloaded here and returned to the programme secretary at by 30 June 2014

Nearest Airport-Edinburgh
Nearest train station-Leuchars

Fees including dinner, Ceilidh and accommodation (in Agnes Blackadder Hall) on September 1st are:
BSPP Members-£235
Student non-members-£100
For other rates please see the registration website

Provisional Programme


Session 1: Emergence and spread of infectious diseases: forecasting risks

9.00-9.45 Sarah Gurr
"Fungi challenge global food security and plant ecosystem health"

9.45-10.30 Karen Garrett
Adapting disease management to global change: understanding the linked networks that determine risk and sustainability

11-11.45 Nicola Spence
Prioritising actions to enhance plant biosecurity: The UK Plant Health Risk Register

11.45-12.15 Mike Jeger
Climate change and pest risk assessment for plant health

12.30-1.30: Lunch

Session 2: Stress and disease resistance (molecular mechanisms)

1.30-2.15 Jim Beynon
Using systems biology modelling to reveal regulatory networks controlling plant stress responses.

2.15-2.45 Lesley Torrance

2.45-3.15 Jorunn Bos
Molecular events during plant-aphid interactions


3.45-4.45 PH Gregory Talks (view prize info and previous winners)
Posters (and AGM)
Dinner and Ceilidh


Session 2 Cont.

9-9.30 Eleanor Gilroy
Phytophthora infestans effector piavr2 targets stbsl1 to activate the brassinosteroid pathway

9.30-10 Michael Taliansky
Sub-nuclear structures provide new genetic sources of plant resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.

10.00-10.30: Coffee Break

Session 3: Developing countries

10.30-11.15 Ian Barker

11.15-11.45 Greg forbes
Changes in plant-pest dynamics of potato systems in a warming Andes

11.45-12.15 Michael Rutherford
A perspective on coffee diseases: coffee wilt disease – a case study

12.15-1.30: LUNCH

Session 4: IPM

1.30-2.15 Helge Sierotzki
Challenges for disease control now and in future: a research perspective for plant pathogen control under changing environmental conditions

2.15-2.45 Mojgan Rabiey
Is Piriformospora indica a magic fungus?

2.45-3.15 Rick Bennett
A Systems Approach to Plant Pathology

Closing Remarks, tea/coffee and departure