Taking MPMI Discoveries to the Field​​​

​Sponsored by the MPMI Journal  

Saturday, August 8th 2020
Denver, Colorado

Held in conjunction with Plant Health 2020 - Registration Opens Early April

Plant Health 2020 Website


In celebration of the 2020 International Year of Plant Health, the International Society for Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI) is hosting this satellite meeting to bring together scientists who are taking molecular advances in plant science and translating these discoveries to develop disease resistant crops that will impact global food security. The meeting will highlight technical advances, progress in the field, and challenges for bridging the foundational research – translation gap. The goal of this meeting is to capitalize on the expertise of the IS-MPMI and APS communities to exchange ideas and strategies to bridge this gap to promote plant health around the world. The format will include presentations by MPMI scientists that are successfully bridging this gap (see program) and round table discussions. We encourage broad participation of students, post-doctoral scholars, principle investigators and policy makers to provide diverse perspectives.

 Translational Science Symposium: Taking MPMI Discoveries to the Field

  • Complex traits for broad-spectrum, durable disease resistance in rice
    • Jan Leach – Colorado State University
  • Engineering durable resistance in crops
    • Brian Staskawicz – Innovative Genomics Institute, Univ. of California, Berkeley
  • Leveraging gene silencing approaches to protect plants from fungi
    • Hailing Jin – University of California, Riverside
  • Broad-spectrum resistance to bacterial blight in rice using genome editing
    • Bing Yang – Danforth Plant Science
  • Enhancement by endophytes: Interplay of endophytes to benefit grasses
    • Carolyn Young – Noble Research Institute
  • Busting the rusts with resistance gene stacks in wheat
    • Brian Steffenson – University of Minnesota
  • Sub1 rice: Engineering rice for climate change
    • Pamela Ronald – University of California, Davis 
  • Computational tools for translational research –Identifying new and reemerging pathogens & pests
    • ​Nik Grunwald – Oregon State