The APS Virology Committee
One of the important functions of the Virology Committee is to propose and organize relevant program sessions for the Annual Meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. Listed below are the sessions sponsored by the Virology Committee for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Virus Intracellular Accumulation and Movement as a Target for Disease Control

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

Organizers: Richard Nelson, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc., Ardmore, OK, U.S.A.; James Schoelz, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, U.S.A.
Section: Molecular/Cellular/Plant-Microbe Interactions
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsor: Virology

Disease is a culmination of virus accumulation and intracellular movement to allow systemic infection. A plethora of host proteins that influence virus accumulation and movement have been identified, and reduced systemic virus accumulation has been observed after silencing some of these genes. These host genes should be considered a new generation of resistance targets. The function of these host proteins, along with the potential of applying this research for practical benefit, will be discussed.

Filling the Gap: Understanding Factors Driving Expanding Distributions of Plant Viruses

Wednesday, August 14
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Organizers: Jing Zhou, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, U.S.A.; Judith Brown, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, U.S.A.
Section: Ecology and Epidemiology
Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Virology; Vector-Pathogen Complexes
Financial Sponsors: Eurofins STA Laboratories; Agdia, Inc.; Monsanto Company

Plant viruses continuously emerge and encroach on new areas, but there are knowledge gaps in the current understanding of the factors driving expanding virus distribution. This session is a timely examination of the drivers of virus distribution, including changes in weather patterns and cropping systems and changes in domestic and international movement of plant materials, as well as the impact of virus genetic evolutionary on its expanding distribution.

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