About the International Rhizoctonia Subject Matter Committee

The International Rhizoctonia Subject Matter Committee (IRSMC) was established in Montreal in 1993 to promote exchange of research information related to beneficial and disease causing fungi in the Rhizoctonia species complex and to encourage international collaborative interaction and research projects among members of the Rhizoctonia community. The committee is currently actively engaged in 1) discussing nomenclatural issues related to the one fungus one name concept, 2) developing an “omics platform” to provide a portal to access genomic, metabolomics, proteomic, and transcriptomics data, 3) developing an online American Phytopathological Society Press publication for Rhizoctonia research protocols, 4) organizing the International Rhizoctoina workshop, and 5) recruiting early to mid career researchers who are passionate about Rhizoctonia and can serve in a leadership capacity. The IRSMC executive advisory committee consists of the following members; Suha Jabaji, McGill University, Quebec, Canada (Immediate Past Chair); Marc A. Cubeta, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA (Chair); Paulo Ceresini, University of São Paulo State, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Rita Grosch, Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, GroSsbeeren, Germany; Stephen Neate, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia; Takeshi Toda, Akita Prefectural University, Akita, Japan; Honglian Li, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, Henan, China; and Ning Zhang, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

International Rhizoctonia Workshop Saturday 28 July 2018, 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Hynes Convention Center, Room 204, Boston, MA. Organized by Marc A. Cubeta and Suha Jabaji.

The Rhizoctonia workshop entitled “Rhizoctonia at a cross roads: research advances and challenges” will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM in room 204, Hynes Convention Center at the International Congress of Plant Pathology meeting in Boston, MA. The workshop is sponsored by the International Society of Plant Pathology Subject Matter Committee on Rhizoctonia (http://www.isppweb.org) and will provide an opportunity for those that share a common interest in Rhizoctonia to interact, exchange knowledge and develop future research collaborations. Topics presented at the workshop include; recent advances in ecology, genome organization, metabolomics, microbial endosymbiont and plant interactions, and microbiome science  (see schedule below). To view workshop abstracts click on this link Abstracts. You are also invited to attend the International Rhizoctonia Subject Matter Committee meeting on Monday, July 30, 2018 from 8:15 to 9:45 PM (location to be announced soon). Funding for the workshop was provided by the American Phytopathological Society Mycology Committee, the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences International Programs Office at North Carolina State University.

International Rhizoctonia Workshop Schedule

6:00 – 6:05 PM – Suha Jabaji. Welcome and Introduction. Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Center for Integrated Fungal Research, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC USA.

6:05 – 7:05 PM Session 1  Moderator Suha Jabaji

6:05 – 6:25 PM – Ken Obasa, Genetic analysis of the contribution of bacterial phenyl acetic acid production to virulence of Rhizoctonia solani AG 2-2-IIIB. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.

6:25 – 6:45 PM – Tomislav Cernava, Integration of microbiome-based approaches for biological control of sclerotia. Institute of Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria.

6:45 – 7:05 PM – Suha Jabaji, Metabolomics of plant-Rhizoctonia interactions: more than meets the eye. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

7:05 – 7:40 PM Session 2 – 4 Minute One Question Presentations (4M1Q) Moderator Stephen Neate

7:05 – 7:10 PM – Alyssa Koehler, Seasonal dynamics on the diversity of pathogens causing brown patch of tall fescue and implications for fungicide management. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.

7:10 – 7:15 PM – Chanda K. Ashok, Detection and management of Rhizoctonia root rot of sugar beet. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA.

7:15 – 7:20 PM – Sandra Lamprecht, Rhizoctonia contributes to poor establishment of sunflower seedlings in South Africa. Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria, South Africa.

7:20 – 7:25 PM – Peiqui Zhang, The secret life inside Rhizoctonia solani: The contributions of endohyphal bacteria. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.

7:25 – 7:30 PM – Shelby Young, Performance of cotton seed treatments under different planting dates and seeding rates. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA.

7:30 – 8:00 PM – Break

8:00 – 9:00 PM Session 3. Moderator Linda Hanson

8:00 – 8:20 PM – Andrea Porras-Alfaro, Mycorrhizal fungi in Vanilla: challenges and new perspectives in the study of Rhizoctonia. Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, USA.

8:20 – 8:40 PM – Rita Grosch, Using dual RNA-seq analysis to decipher Rhizoctonia solani host plant interactions. Leibniz-Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, GroSsbeeren, Germany.

8:40 – 9:00 PM – Timothy Paulitz. Untangling microbial networks for insights into disease suppressive microbial consortia. USDA-ARS, Wheat Health, Genetics and Quality Research Unit, Pullman, WA, USA

9:00 – 9:20 PM Session 4 – 4 Minute One Question Presentations (4M1Q) Moderator Rita Grosch

9:00 – 9:05 PM – Kaire Loit, Molecular characterization of the pathogen and symbiotic fungal community of common European potato varieties grown in conventionally treated field soil. Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia.

9:05 – 9:10 PM – Xingeng (Shane) Zhou, Management of sheath blight in organic rice using cultivar resistance and biocontrol agents. Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Center, Beaumont, TX, USA.

9:10 – 9:15 PM – Srikanth Kodati, Diversity and pathogenicity of Waitea circinata on row crops. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA.

9:15 – 9:20 PM – Nikita Gambhir, Fungicide sensitivity of Rhizoctonia spp. isolated from soybean and corn in Nebraska. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, USA.

9:20 – 9:50 PM – Round table group discussions.

9:50 – 10:00 PM – Concluding remarks. Suha Jabaji