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F&N Tests to Begin Accepting Soybean Rust Trials May 1, 2005

St. Paul, Minn. (March 11, 2005) - In an effort to facilitate the rapid dissemination of fungicide evaluations for soybean rust, trial results for control of this disease may now be submitted for publication in Fungicide and Nematicide Tests as early as May 1, 2005. New soybean rust reports will then be published online in real time as they are accepted. Soybean rust, a highly destructive disease that affects soybean crops, was recently found for the first time in the continental United States.

"It's hoped that by publishing in real time rather than on an annual basis, we can facilitate the flow of information on control of this economically important disease," said Dan Egel, F&N Tests editor-in-chief. "By doing this, we also hope to attract early reports from Brazil and other countries where trials are being conducted. Instructions for these special submissions are now available online so those working on rust may want to take them into consideration when designing this season's trials," Egel said.

Potential contributors should note that: (1) Only submissions that report data from actual soybean rust infected trials will be considered; (2) Submissions for real-time publication will be accepted from May 1 through December 31, 2005; (3) All reports accepted for publication in this time frame will be citable as F&N Tests, Volume 60; (4) Reports will typically be published and available online within 15 days of acceptance; (5) Special submission instructions for soybean rust reports are now available at www.apsnet.org/online/FNtests; click "Author Guidelines for Soybean Rust Reports" in the lower left-hand column.

F&N Tests is an online publication of The American Phytopathological Society (APS). The purpose of the publication is to facilitate rapid dissemination of information on chemical control of plant diseases in well over 100 field, ornamental, and horticultural crops. In an effort to make real-time soybean rust reports as broadly available as possible, F&N Tests are accessible under "Resources" to subscribers and partners of the Plant Management Network (PMN) at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org.

APS is a non-profit, professional scientific organization advancing the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health. PMN is a not-for-profit forum for applied, multidisciplinary, science-based, plant and agricultural management information and communication made possible by PMN partners. For more information, visit www.plantmanagementnetwork.org.


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