On-line Karnal bunt symposium

Steve Deger steved at scisoc.org
Thu Jun 20 17:59:52 EST 1996

>From June 24 to August 2, 1996, The American Phytopathological Society=20
(APS) will host a free, interactive, on-line symposium on Karnal=20
bunt---an emerging plant disease affecting wheat, durum wheat, and=20

Karnal bunt was discovered in 1931 in India near the city of Karnal.=20
Since then, the disease has been found in the primary wheat-growing areas=
of India, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mexico. In March 1996,=20
scientists confirmed the presence of Karnal bunt in Arizona in certified=20
durum wheat seed, the first known occurrence of this disease in the U.S.=20
It has since been found in several counties in adjacent areas of Texas,=20
New Mexico, and California. Future U.S. Karnal bunt-related crop losses=20
may not be drastic, but the disease does have quarantine significance and=
therefore could affect domestic grain exports.

APS' free on-line symposium will feature papers from noted Karnal bunt=20
experts, as well as from other wheat scientists. Participants in this=20
interactive symposium will be able to pose questions and comments to=20
these experts=97or to other attendees=97via electronic mail. An APS moder=
will open and close the symposium, and will ensure that discussions stay=20
on track. The symposium will also contain links to other Internet sites=20
of interest, and will include a folder of press clippings about the=20
ongoing status of the disease and its management.

The on-line Karnal bunt symposium will serve as a prelude to the 1996 APS=
Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, where, among other things, additional=20
technical sessions will be held on the subject of Karnal bunt.

For more information about this on-line symposium, or on the Annual=20
Meeting it precedes, visit the APSnet WorldWideWeb home page at: =20

We look forward to your participation in this exciting electronic event,=20
and appreciate any help you can provide in spreading the word about this=20
symposium throughout your department.

Cynthia L. Ash
Director of Scientific Services
The American Phytopathological Society
(mesage sent by Steve Deger <steved at scisoc.org>)

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