32nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop

32nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop

‌The 32nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop will be hosted by University of Florida on October 24-25, 2017. The conference will be held at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center located in Balm, FL.

MEETING REGISTRATION - http://32ndtomatodiseaseworkshop.eventbrite.com?s=76320660
Early registration (prior to 9/25) - $175 regular and $100 student/post-doc
Late registration (after 9/25) - $225 regular and $125 student/post-doc  


A block of 75 rooms is reserved from 10/22 – 10/25 at the Hilton Garden Inn - Riverview, FL at the rate of $139/night.  Interested parties must contact the host hotel directly at (813) 626-6610 and mention the Tomato Disease Workshop to get the contracted rate.  The rate is only in effect until September 22nd.  After this date, the regular rack room rate will be in effect and room availability and choice may be limited.

Here some suggested companies for transportation to and from the airport to the hotel and average costs.  Shuttle reservations should be made as soon as you finalize your air-travel arrangements.  If you use Expedia or Travelocity, you can make your shuttle reservation through those services and perhaps get a discount if combined with your air travel.  Other options include:

United Cab 813-777-7777 www.unitedcaboftampa.com Estimated cost from $50
Super Shuttle 727-572-1111 www.supershuttle.com Estimated cost from $39
Executive Car Service 813-850-6311 www.exceutivecarservices.net Estimated cost from $55

Limited transportation between the Hilton Garden Inn - Riverview and the Research Center can be provided during the workshop, but must be communicated in advance. However, if you plan to rent a car for the duration of the meeting, please inform Christine Cooley (ccooley@ufl.edu 813-419-6578) so we can minimize transportation costs for the meeting.

Individuals who are interested in making an oral or poster presentation are encouraged to submit a title and brief description of their presentation to Aimin Wen (aimin.wen@ufl.edu) and preference (oral or poster). Oral presentations (20 min) are limited and any presentations that can not be accommodated will be included as a poster presentation.  All meeting abstracts are due September 25th to be included in the Workshop Proceedings, which will be provided at the conference.  Abstracts received after September 25th will still be accepted, but only as poster presentations and might not be printed in the final proceedings. 

Please follow the format guidelines when submitting your abstract: TDW Abstract Guidelines.

Vendors and suppliers are invited to sponsor workshop activities: Tomato Disease Workshop Sponsorship Details

A welcome reception will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on the evening of the 23rd.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to tour facilities and field trials at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, and possibly a tomato packing facility on the 25th

A special tomato bacterial spot workshop is planned for the 23rd of October for which a separate invitation will be sent to interested academic and industry partners.

Schedule of events for the 32nd Annual Tomato Disease Workshop


Monday, October 23rd, 2017

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception Appetizers and Cash Bar
                             Hilton Garden Inn, 4328 Garden Vista Drive, Riverview, Florida
                             Salon D

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

  7:30 a.m. - Bus departs from Hilton Garden Inn to Gulf Coast Research and Education   
  Center, 14625 County Road 672, Wimauma, FL

  8:30 a.m. - On-site registration and continental breakfast

  9:00 a.m. - Welcome to GCREC – Jack Rechcigl, Center Director, GCREC

  9:10 a.m. - Update on Florida tomato industry – Reggie Brown, Manager Florida
                    Tomato Committee

  9:40 a.m. - Characterization and management of Ralstonia solanacearum in Louisiana.
                    A.M. Jimenez Madrid, V.P. Doyle, M.C. Daunay and M.L. Lewis Ivey

10:00 a.m. - Transgenic expression of EFR and Bs2 genes for field management of
                    bacterial wilt and bacterial spot of tomato.
S. Kunwar, F.  Iriarte, Q. Fan, E.
                    E. da Silva, L. Ritchie, S. Nguyen, J. Freeman, R. S. Stall, J. B. Jones, J.
                    Minsavage, J. Colee, C. Zipfel, D. Horvath, J. Westwood, J.W. Scott, G.E.
                    Vallad, S.F. Hutton, and M.L. Paret

10:20 a.m. - The potential for X. gardneri transmission on contaminated tomato shipping
                    and transplanting equipment
. T.E Simonton and C.L. Trueman

10:40 a.m. - BREAK

11:00 a.m. - Tracking Xanthomonas gardneri infection of tomato fruits using an in vivo
                   imaging system
. F. Rotondo, M.R. Moodispaw, and S.A. Miller

11:20 a.m. - Strain recovery and whole genome sequencing to track Xanthomonas
                   perforans from seedlings to commercial tomato fields
. P. Abrahamian, S.
                   Timilsina, G. Minsavage, E.M. Goss, J.B. Jones, and G.E. Vallad

11:40 a.m. - Evaluating Magnesium oxide nanoparticles as a novel bactericide for
                   control of bacterial spot of tomato without accumulating in fruit
. Y.Y. Liao,
                   A. Strayer-Scherer, J.C. White, A. Mukherjee, R. De La Torre-Roche, L.
                   Ritchie, J. Colee, G.E. Vallad, J. Freeman, J.B. Jones, and M.L. Paret

12:00 p.m. - LUNCH

  1:00 p.m. - Effect of Advanced Copper Composites on the Soil Microbiome. A.
, J. Hong, Y.Y. Liao, M. Young, S. Santra, E. Rosskopf, S.
                   Timilsina, G.E. Vallad, J.B. Jones, and M.L. Paret

  1:20 p.m. - Mapping and fine mapping the bacterial spot resistance gene bs6 in
. R. L. Wente, J. Li, J. B. Jones, G. V. Minsavage, R. E. Stall, and S.
                    F. Hutton

  1:40 p.m. - Integrated management strategies for control of late blight in Oman. H.
, S. Al-Kaabi, A. Al-Rubaii, M. Al-Jabri, W. Al-Shibli,  R. Al-Maqbali,
                   S. Al-Maqbali, W. Fry, and A. Al-Adawi

  2:00 p.m. - Screening Solanum accessions for resistance to target spot. S.F. Hutton,
                    G.E. Vallad, M.L. Paret, and P.D. Roberts

  2:20 p.m. - BREAK

  2:40 p.m. - Characterization of sensitivity to respiration inhibitor fungicides on target
                    spot of tomato in Florida
. K. J. MacKenzie, A. Wen, G.E. Vallad, H.
                    Adkison, and L.L. Hellu

  3:00 p.m. - Evaluation of conventional and biological fungicides for the management of
                    Fusarium wilt on tomato
. C. Land, B.S. Hughes, S.A. Kalb, and G.E. Vallad

  3:20 p.m. - Compound Lipophilicity and Implications for Seed Treatment Efficacy. D.
                    Yang, H. S. Mayton, M. Amirkhani, and A.G. Taylor

  3:40 p.m. - Evaluation of New Non-Fumigant Nematicides on Tomato and Cucurbits in
. J. Desaeger and P. Dahlin

  4:00 p.m. - BREAK

  4:20 p.m.-  Managing Tomato yellow leaf curl virus and Bemisia tabaci in Florida
. H.A. Smith, G.E. Vallad, and S.F. Hutton

  4:40 p.m. - Localization and characterization of the Sw-7 for resistance to Tomato
                   Spotted Wilt Virus
. S. Hwang, M.R. Stevens, S.M. Olson, S. Adkins, W.W.
                   Turechek, J. Funderburk, J.W. Scott, and S.F. Hutton

  5:00 p.m. - Distribution and management of thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and their
                   transmitted tospoviruses (TCSV and GRSV) in the South Florida tomato
. D.R. Seal, R.A. Khan and S. Zhang

  5:20 p.m. - Identification of a major graywall resistance locus on chromosome 9 of
. R. Shekasteband, J. Lopez, J.W. Scott, and S.F. Hutton

  5:40 p.m. - Business Meeting

  6:00 p.m. - DINNER

  7:30 p.m. - Bus returns to hotel

 Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

  7:00 a.m. - Breakfast provided at Hilton Garden Inn, 4328 Garden Vista Drive,
                    Riverview, Florida

  8:30 a.m. - Bus departs from Hilton Garden Inn to DiMare Operations

  9:00 a.m. - Tour DiMare Operation, 8150 Eagle Palm Dr., Riverview, FL

10:00 a.m. - Return to GCREC

10:30 a.m. - GCREC Field Tour – Light snacks provided

12:00 p.m. - LUNCH

  1:00 p.m. - Bus returns to hotel