The APS Virology Committee

The Virology Committee of the American Phytopathological Society met during the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Society. Here is what they did and talked about. The Minutes will be approved at the 2003 Annual Meeting.

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Minutes of the APS Virology Committee Meeting

APS Virology Committee Meeting
August 25, 2002
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Current Committee Chair: Jim Schoelz  schoelzj@missouri.edu
Immediate Past Chair: John F. Murphy jmurphy@acesag.auburn.edu
Current Vice-Chair: Judith Brown jbrown@ag.arizona. edu

Current Committee Members

Appointed

Serves until

Marc Hilf

02

05

Lawrence Lee

02

05

Drake Stenger

02

05

Scott Adkins

01

04

Joe Anderson

01

04

Alexander Karasev

01

04

Richard Larson

01

04

Hsing-Yeh Liu

01

04

Gad Loebenstein

01

04

Baozhong Meng

01

04

Jane Polston

01

04

Wenping Qiu

01

04

Jeanmarie Verchot Lubicz

01

04

Jim Schoelz

00

05

John Murphy

99

04

Ron Brlansky

00

03

Clarissa Maroon

00

03

Brad Reddick

00

03

Bill Wintermantel

97

03

Judith Brown

98

05

Possible new members:

Martin Yassi, Anwar Rizvi, Saskia Hogenhout, and Murali Bandla all expressed an interest in becoming members of the Virology Committee.

Members rotating off service in 2001:

The committee meeting was officially called to order by Chair John Murphy on July 27, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was attended by twenty 22 people; this included current committee members Karasev, Hilf, Wintermantel, Qiu, Adkins, Larsen, and Reddick. Furthermore, possible new members in attendance wereYassi, Rizvi, Hogenhout and Bandla..

Old Business

The committee approved the minutes of the previous Virology Committee meeting held on August 25, 2001, at Salt Lake City, Utah.

New Business

1. The White Paper for the plant pathogen genome sequencing project.

John Murphy summarized the past year's dealings with the development of the White Paper. A list of viruses considered important for sequencing was developed and submitted to individuals within APS. During the year, Scott Gold contacted committee chairs to ask for revisions to this list. The position of the Virology committee has been that viruses on the list should be sequenced. In addition, the committee has emphasized that for a small fraction of the cost of sequencing a fungal genome, it would be possible to obtain the sequences of all of the recognized plant viruses whose genomes have not yet been completely sequenced.

The virology committee's input to the White Paper was discussed further at the committee meeting. This discussion was led by John Murphy, Ulrich Melcher, Sue Tolin, and John Sherwood, with participation by others. Ulrich reported the steps that had been taken to organize and apply for funds for a virus genome sequencing project. He invited input from anyone who might be interested in this project. Sue Tolin reported on a workshop in the Spring that was attended by herself, Ulrich, and Marilyn Roossinck. It was noted that a public policy meeting would be held on Sunday to discuss the sequencing of plant pathogen genomes. The pathogens to be emphasized would be a main point of this discussion and it was considered that a show of support from virologists at this meeting would be important to keep the viruses in the project.

2. Special sessions for 2002

Two sessions have been planned for the 2002 meeting. It was noted that the annual meeting this year was in direct conflict with the International Congress of Virology, and that many individuals attended the ICV rather than APS. The two special sessions for 2002 were:

  1. A symposium entitled, "Viral Expression Vectors", organized by Alexander Karasev and Roy French. Alex gave an overview of this session
  2. A symposium entitled, "The Interaction Between Endosymbiotic Bacteria in Insects and the Circulative Transmission of Viruses, organized by Gad Loebenstein.

3. Special sessions for the APS meeting in 2003 to be held in Charlotte, NC.

Three sessions were proposed for the meeting in 2003.

  1. New Developments in Begomovirology (Judy Brown and Bob Gilbertson, organizers).
  2. New and Old Viruses: Emerging and Re-emerging Threats to U.S. Agriculture (Alex Karasev, organizer and Scott Adkins, organizers).
  3. Evolution of Plant Viruses (Ulrich Melcher and Bill Schneider, organizers).

4. Ideas for sessions at the 2004 meeting in Anaheim, CA.

The following ideas were mentioned at the committee meeting or were carried over from 2001

  1. Microarrays and new methodologies for virus detection/rapid diagnostics
  2. Plant virus genomics
  3. Viral protein structure and function
  4. Host components involved in virus movement
  5. Virion structure
  6. Synergistic interactions
  7. Gene silencing
  8. Host resistance against virus infection
  9. Virus-vector interactions

5. Nomination and election of Vice-Chair for 2004 (Chair in 2005)

Scot Adkins was elected by a unanimous vote.

Historical Perspective: At the conclusion of the 2002 Virology Committee meeting, Jim Schoelz will be Chair, Judy Brown will be Vice Chair, and past Chairs include Murphy, Wintermantel, Scheets, Culver, Deom, Nelson, Edwards, Hu, Hammond, German, Gergerich, Jordan, Lommel. Hewings, Sherwood, Dodds, Hampton, and D'Arcy.

6. International Union for Microbiological Sciences.

John Murphy noted that the International Congress in Microbiology will be held in San Francisco in 2005. A representative from APS and the Virology committee will need to be found this year.

7. Virology Student Travel Award.

Anna Whitfield, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, won this year's award. The title of her presentation was, "Baculovirus expression of soluble TSWV glycoproteins.

8. Virology Committee Web Page.

The committee would like to thank Ulrich Melcher for developing and maintaining this website. It can be found at <http://viraps.okstate.edu/fVirAPSPeop.html>

9. Melhus Graduate Student Symposium.

John Sherwood stated that $5,000 is available each year for this symposium. Scott Adkins mentioned that the deadline for 2003 and 2004 would be combined in this year. One subject that was suggested was gene silencing.

10. American Type Culture Collection.

John Sherwood mentioned that Rick Nelson's term as ATCC advisor will be completed this year and a new individual will be chosen as advisor. It appears likely at this time that the new advisor will not be a virologist.