The APS Virology Committee

The Virology Committee of the American Phytopathological Society met during the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society. Here is what they did and talked about. The Minutes will be approved at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

APS Virology Committee Meeting
Sunday, August 4th, 2012, 8:30 – 10:00 PM
Providence Convention Center, Providence, RI

Chair: Lucy Stewart (
Vice-Chair: Jorge Abad (

Copies of the committee meeting agenda were distributed by email before the meeting and among attendants on the day of the meeting. Copies of the 2011 APS meeting minutes (Honolulu, HI) were also distributed.

The Committee meeting was officially called to order by Lucy Stewart at 8:30 pm.

  1. Chair called for to APS members attending the Committee meeting to introduce themselves. There were about 50 to 60 attendees.

  2. The current membership list was distributed and the members present at the meeting signed the attendance list. New participants were encouraged to become members.

  3. The minutes of the 2011 meeting was unanimously approved.

  4.  Special Sessions sponsored by the Virology Committee at the 2012 APS meeting were announced in the agenda and included:
    • Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics Approaches to Elucidate Arthropod-Vector Specificity.
    • Unifying Concepts in Plant Pathology and Animal Vector Biology.
    • Potato Virus Y-An Old and a New Problem in Potato.
  5. Chair Stewart encouraged attendance at Special Sessions and Technical Sessions and acknowledged the funding support for the Special Sessions from the Noble Foundation and the APS/APHIS virology working group.
  6. A discussion of ideas for Special Sessions to be submitted for the 2013-2014 APS meetings was held. Astri Wayandande suggested special sessions on host-pathogen vector interaction and pathogen derived resistance. Judy Brown mentioned that there is interest for Gemini virus in cassava. Rick Nelson suggested: ‘defeating disease by controlling virus movement’.  It was suggested that if the topics and speakers are consolidated, there are better chances to get accepted.

  7. Chair Stewart mentioned that APS was promoting the making of a series of webinars, Chair asked for Ideas for the webinar and topics for Virology. She mentioned that the dead line was Tuesday 7.

  8. Chair Stewart stated that APS was working on Strategic Science and Policy Issues and asked for comments related to Virology.

  9. Jim Schoelz suggested writing a White paper regarding the state of Virology research funding within the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) USDA-NIFA, to be submitted to the APS Public Policy Board (PPB). Jim explained how much funds allocated to proposals for microbiology programs decreased during the last 3 years to a point that there was no money for Virology research in 2012.

  10.  Jim volunteered to write the White paper.

  11. It was suggested that as a group we should promote Microbiology programs within the PPB priorities. Jim volunteered to write the White paper.

  12. The next issue was the Culture Collections, although not in the agenda, it was discussed anyway. Suggestions were made to create a Steering committee and workshops to create, maintain and distribute material from those collections.

  13. Nomination and election of Vice-Chair: Tatineni Satyanarayana (T.S.) and Bill Schneider were nominated from the floor for Vice-Chair next year. Bill declined and T.S. was unanimously elected. He will serve as Vice-Chair in 2013 and as Chair in 2014.

  14. After the election, Carlos Angel emphasized that members of the committee should know and fulfill their responsibilities.

  15. Bill Schneider, Alex Karasev, Ioannis Tzanetakis, Sead Sabanadzovic and Jorge Abad suggested several topics for special sessions. Among those;  an update in new viruses,  new and emerging viruses, Next generation of sequencing and new viruses, Climate change and variability in viruses and vectors.

  16. Finally, Rose Mary Hammond thanked John Hammond for chairing the meeting the previous year on her behalf.

  17. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 pm.



Minutes from 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001. Others not available.