This fall, the University of Maine will convene a forum about the potato disease blackleg, caused by the bacteria families Dickeya and Pectobacterium.
The Potato Disease Summit will be held in Bangor on Nov. 9.and is expected to draw scientists from all over the United States and Europe.
The university says the event will bring together plant pathologists, researchers and scientists from the Netherlands, Scotland and several US States.
UMaine officials say the event will focus on two bacteria that threaten the potato industry around the world. UMaine president Susan Hunter says the university is bringing scientists together to respond to a situation that threatens the industry at large.
The event will take place at Cross Insurance Center. It's also expected to draw regulatory officials and potato seed growers and buyers.
Moderator: John Rebar, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
8:20 – 8:30: Welcome — Jeffrey Hecker, University of Maine
8:30 – 9:15: Overview of Dickeya in Europe — Jan M. van der Wolf, Wageningen
9:15 – 9:40: Overview of Dickeya in the US — Steven B. Johnson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
9:40 –10:00: Current Advances in Detection and Diagnosis of Dickeya — Jianjun Hao, University of Maine
10:00 – 10:30: Break
10:30 – 10:50: Dickeya Seed Cutting and Handling Trials — Steven B. Johnson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
10:50 – 11:10: Postharvest Testing Work — Gary Secor, North Dakota State University
11:10 – 11:30: Dickeya From the Receiver’s View — Andrew Wyenandt, Rutgers University
11:30 – 11:50: Future Dickeya Research Needs — Amy Charkowski, Colorado State University
11:50 – 12:00: Wrap up
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 1:45: Overview of Pectobacterium in Europe — Ian Toth, James Hutton Institute
1:45 – 2:15: Overview of Pectobacterium in the US — Amy Charkowski, Colorado State University
2:15 – 2:40: Current Status of Dickeya and Pectobacterium Taxonomy — Jan M. van der Wolf, Wageningen
2:40 – 3:00: Potential sources and Emerging Dickeya and Pectobacterium Species — Jianjun Hao, University of Maine
3:00 – 3:35: Break
3:35 – 4:00: Epidemiology of Pectobacterium — Ian Toth, James Hutton Institute
4:00 – 4:20: Managing Enterobacteriaceae Spread and Risk — Gary Secor, North Dakota State University
4:20 – 4:40: Dickeya on Long Island, NY — Margaret McGrath, Cornell University
4:40 – 5:00: Open discussion
5:00 – 5:10: Wrap up