Each year at the annual meeting of The Potato Association of America a collection of presentations on a current topic of interest are presented as a half-day symposium. Symposia are organized by members within a section(s). Recent symposia have included topics on ‘Bacterial Diseases’, ‘Potato Phosphorus Management and Utilization for Today and Tomorrow’, and ‘Understanding the Interaction Between Genetics and Environment for Sustainable Production in a Changing Climate’.
2016 Symposium (Breeding & Genetics Section): “Transformative Technology in Potato Breeding,” Dave Douches, Chair.
Planned topics include: DNA sequencing and gene editing; genome-wide association studies; diploid breeding; use of drones, hand-held devices, and other devices used for phenotyping.
2017 Symposium (EP & M Section): “Decision Support Tools and Technologies for Growers,” Andy Robinson, Chair. The organizing committee will include Carl Rosen, Nora Olsen, Carrie Wohleb, Ken Frost and Steve Johnson.
2018 Symposium (joint Plant Protection & Certification Sections,) Andrew Houser proposed a joint Plant Protection and
Certification Section symposium for 2018. The tentative title is “Impact of Quarantined Pests on the Potato Industry”. Pam
Hutchison will head the planning committee.