Plant Management Network News
Number 36: February 15, 2005
PMN Introduces Soybean Rust Information
On Monday, February 14, the
Plant Management Network (PMN) launched a new online
Soybean Rust Information Center located
at the information
The site was organized under the auspices of the
PMN Soybean Rust Steering Committee, which is comprised
of individuals from the American Phytopathological Society,
American Society of Agronomy,
Crop Science Society of America, and
North Central Soybean Research Program Plant Health Initiative. Other
Syngenta Crop Protection,
CropLife America, the
Canadian Society of Agronomy,
and more than
20 state land-grant universities.
The purpose of the new website is to serve as a
clearinghouse for information on soybean rust. "This site is the one-stop center
for information on soybean rust," said Doug Jardine, chair of PMN's soybean
rust steering committee. "Since there are a number of sites dedicated to
soybean rust, it can be very time consuming to visit different sites and
continually check them for new information. The PMN information center combines
valuable information from these sites and other resources into one central area
so that people searching for the latest information can find what they need with
the fewest number of clicks," Jardine said.
The site offers breaking news on soybean rust; links to featured soybean rust
sites, including government, national, international, and university sites; and
a soybean rust database that visitors can use to find information on the
identification and management of soybean rust as well as links to university and
extension sites. The site also offers a searchable soybean rust image database;
soybean rust distribution maps; and soybean rust identification training
materials. In the interest of the broadest distribution of information possible,
users do not need a PMN
subscription for access.
Canadian Phytopathological Society Is PMN's Newest Partner
The Plant Management Network welcomes the Canadian
/ La Société Canadienne de Phytopathologie (CPS-SCP) as
its newest societal partner. CPS-SCP is a nonprofit
scientific society formed in 1929. It
now has more than 400 members in Canada and abroad,
having expertise in all facets of plant pathology.
objectives are to encourage research, education, and the dissemination of
knowledge on the nature, cause, and control of plant diseases.
As PMN's second partner in Canada, CPS-SCP's participation strengthens the PMN
as an international network for the applied agricultural sciences.