Submission Instructions and Criteria

Abstract Online Submission Instructions

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Abstract Submission Deadline December 8, 2017 (11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time)


Types of Abstract Submission

1. Short Talk Abstracts

Abstracts submitted in this category may be selected by the scientific program committee for presentation in ONE of the following types of sessions:

  • A Concurrent Session on the same topic. Concurrent sessions are composed of 4 invited talks (20 minutes each) and 2 short talks (10 minutes each) on the same topic. Your short talk will be one of the two 10 minute short talks.
  • A Short Talk Session composed of submitted 10 minute short talks on a similar topic. (New for ICPP2018!)

Please note: there are a limited number of abstracts that will be accepted for short talks and priority will be given to students, postdocs, and early career professionals. Abstracts not selected for short talks will become posters.

An individual may be the presenter of only ONE short talk presentation.

2. Poster Abstracts

An individual may be the presenter of only ONE poster presentation.

Submission Instructions

Submit EARLY to avoid last minute issues and delays. Please read the instructions below before submitting abstract.
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Important considerations before you submit an abstract.

  • Edit and proof your abstract before submitting. ICPP will not edit abstract submissions; abstracts will be published as submitted.
  • No individual may be the presenter of more than ONE short talk or poster.
  • PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, abstracts MUST be reviewed by two non-authors.
  • Specifying a preference for short talk or poster presentation DOES NOT guarantee placement in that area. Final presentation type will be determined by the ICPP2018 Program Committee based on quality and subject matter that best fits the meeting program.
  • Designated presenting author (of either a short talk or poster) MUST be registered for ICPP2018 with full payment made by April 10, 2018. Failure to register will result in your abstract being withdrawn from the Congress.
  • Abstracts should be proofread to make sure all authors and affiliations were accepted to the online form.

Acceptance Criteria

  • Abstracts must report results of original research or other activity of significant merit that relates to plant pathology and the related industry.
  • Abstracts must include the following elements: justification, objectives, methods, results, and significance of the research to the science of plant pathology.
  • Abstracts must not be simply a review or progress report, but contain useful and new information. Abstracts must not include references or footnotes.
  • Abstracts must be in final form with no grammatical, typographical, or factual errors.
  • No abstract that has been presented or is intended to be presented at another meeting shall be submitted for consideration.

Email confirmation

A confirmation e-mail, for each abstract submission, will be sent to the designated presenter and co-authors. This will come from apsnet@confex.com. Check your Inbox and junk or spam email folders in case it is delivered there.

Submission Information

1. Enter presenter and author information
  • Author Designation: One author MUST be designated as the Presenting Author. Any additional author(s) must be designated as coauthor(s).
  • Affiliation/Company: Affiliation (only company/institution, city, state/province, country – do not include street addresses or ZIP codes.) Do not use abbreviations for institutions (i.e. Univ for University)
2. Type of Presentation
Short Talk Abstracts - An individual may be the presenter of only ONE short talk presentation.
  • There is a limit of one (1) short talk presentation per presenter.
  • PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, oral abstracts MUST be reviewed by two non-authors; please include name and affiliation of each non-author reviewer.
  • Short Talk presentations are allocated 10 minutes (10 minutes for presentation, discussion will follow after all presentations in the session are completed). Total time for short talk should be limited to 10 minutes; session moderators will be tracking time to ensure time remains at the end of the session for discussion.
  • Presentation date and time will be announced later.
Poster - An individual may be the presenter of only one poster presentation.
  • There is a limit of one (1) poster presentation per presenter.
  • PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, poster abstracts MUST be reviewed by two non-authors; please include name and affiliation of each non-author reviewer.
  • Poster presenters are required to be present at their poster during certain times throughout the Congress (designated times to be announced).
3. Presentation title

Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns, (e.g., Effect of pesticides on recovery of Didymella bryoniae from cucurbit vines). The title is limited to 150 characters including spaces. (Approximately 30 word count.)

  • Registered names and trademarks are not permitted in title.
  • Use the tool bar for italic words or phrases, as well as for subscript or superscript of characters.
  • Symbols (Greek, math, etc.) must be spelled out, e.g., Beta.
4. Presentation categories

A) Select a primary (as reflected in bold type) and an associated secondary category from the list provided that best relates to your presentation. Note secondary categories are associated with the primary category under which they are listed.

  • Biology and Disease Management: Bacteriology; Virology; Mycology; Nematology; Oomycetes; Postharvest Pathology; Mycotoxins; Cultural Control; Chemical Control; Biological Control; Regulatory Plant Pathology; Integrated Pest Management
  • Diseases of Plants: Plant Stress and Abiotic Disorders; Crop Loss Assessment; Disease Detection and Diagnosis; New and Emerging Diseases
  • Epidemiology: Analytical and Theoretical Plant Pathology; Cropping Systems/Sustainability; Pathogen-Vector Interactions; Phyllosphere; Rhizosphere; Population Biology Genetics; Climate Change; Risk Assessment; Systematics/Evolution; Pathogen Dispersal
  • Molecular and Cellular Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions; Proteomics/Metabolomics/Genomics; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Biotechnology; Plant Defense Responses; Genetics of Resistance; Phytobiomes
  • Professionalism/Outreach: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development; Outreach and Engagement; Advising and Mentoring; Networking; Ethics

B) Select one pathogen type keyword that best relates to your presentation.

  • Plant Stress/Abiotic Disorder
  • Virus/Viroid
  • Bacteria
  • Oomycete
  • Fungus
  • Nematode
  • NA

C) Select a host type keyword (as reflected in bold type) and an associated specific host keyword from the list provided that best relates to your presentation. Note specific host categories are associated with the host type category under which they are listed.

  • Cereals/Grains: Corn; Rice; Sorghum; Soybean; Wheat; Other
  • Forage/Pasture: Forage grasses; Forage Legumes; Mixed pasture; Other
  • Fruits/Nuts: Almond; Apple; Cane Berry; Cherry; Citrus; Grape; Peanut; Pecan; Strawberry; Tropical Fruits; Walnut; Other
  • Legumes: Beans; Chickpea (Garbanzo); Pea; Other
  • Ornamentals: Annual Ornamentals; Herbaceous Ornamentals; Perennial Ornamentals; Woody Ornamentals; Other
  • Trees: Angiosperm; Conifers; Forest Trees; Shade Trees; Other
  • Tropical/Subtropical Crops: Banana; Cacao; Cassava; Coffee; Mango; Papaya; Plantain; Sugarcane; Tropical Fruits; Other
  • Cool-season; Warm-season; Other
  • Vegetables: Beets; Brassicas (Crucifers); Carrot; Celery; Leafy Vegetables; Lettuce; Melon; Onion; Peppers; Potato; Sweet Corn; Tomato; Sugar Beet; Sweet Potato; Watermelon, Other
  • Other
5. Abstract Text
  • The abstract must be only one paragraph.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE the title, author name(s), or author affiliations in the abstract text field.
  • Use the abstract toolbar to add formatting (italics, superscripts, or subscripts)
  • Character limit is 1,490 characters including spaces (Approximately 250 word count).

Sample Abstract

Didymella bryoniae, the fungus that causes gummy stem blight, survives between crops in cucurbit debris. A pesticide that eliminates the fungus from infested debris would reduce initial inoculum for subsequent crops planted in infested fields. Naturally infected, 5-cm muskmelon vine sections were sprayed with field-equivalent rates of three herbicides, four fungicides, six salts, three botanical extracts, or three organic pesticides. After 3 days, vine sections were cut into 1-cm pieces and cultured on 1/4 PDA plus antibiotics. Each pesticide was tested 2 to 4 times with 10 to 20 vine sections per treatment. Chlorothalonil, mancozeb, sodium bisulfite, and pyraclostrobin + boscalid (Pristine) consistently reduced recovery of D. bryoniae to an average of 63, 57, 41, and 8% of vine pieces, respectively, compared to a water-treated control (99%). The other pesticides did not significantly reduce recovery of the fungus. Using Pristine to treat debris at the end of the season is not advisable, because of the risk of resistance to this fungicide. However, a non-specific material, such as a broad-spectrum fungicide or a salt, could be used to reduce the amount of surviving inoculum.

Terms & Conditions

If the abstract is accepted, I agree that the designated presenting author will present the abstract at ICPP2018, July 29 - August 3, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and will register and pay the Congress registration fee by April 10, 2018. I confirm that this is an original work and that the abstract has not been previously published. I and any contributing authors, as sole proprietors of the abstract, agree to transfer copyright of the abstract to The American Phytopathological Society. Abstracts will be published online in early summer of 2018. By agreeing, I accept this copyright transfer.

I understand that failure to accept the copyright transfer will result in the immediate cancellation of my abstract submission.

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