What is OPP about?

Who we are and what we do

We are a community of multidisciplinary scientists who support all forms of Open Science practices by developing and delivering next-generation databases and tools using open source software, data and repositories. We advocate for a culture of sharing data and computational codes that leads to more transparency and reproducibility of methods. The three main sections in our website are Blog posts & Interviews, OPP Notes and Workshops & Talks.

Recent Posts

Updates on our recent work, projects, tutorials and viewpoints

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In our third OPP Interview we have the privilege to chat with two prestigious computational scientists, representatives of the field of archaeology, about their experiences on the use, tool development and promotion of reproducible research practices in science.


Emerson describes how he made use of the gganimate package to help visualize the yearly variation in the efficacy of a fungicide used to control soybean rust in Brazil.


So you want to write your first R package, but you don’t know where to start? We can help with that! Writing an R package is not difficult, but it can be intimidating for a first timer. Why would you want to write an R package? Read more to find out!


We talked with Prof. Sophien Kamoun, a biology scientist with the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK. Dr. Kamoun is known for his prolific Tweeting and advocacy for Open Science but, also importantly, for his work with oomycetes (#notafungus), effectors and evolution and, more recently, wheat blast.


OPP Notes

Teaching notes peer-reviewed by community members.

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This teaching note recreates the fit of linear and quadratic models using R for the population response of Pratylenchus thornei in Queensland, Australia wheat to temperature as described in the original paper.

Workshops & Talks

Get access to presentations and instructional materials produced by OPP members

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Reproducible Reports and Research Using R
1:30 PM
Get your research project organized, shareable and reproducible using R
1:00 PM

A growing global community

Check our list of members

Check detailed information about the members, institutions, knowledge domains and the global map of Open Plant Pathology members. Current domains include general Plant Pathology, Plant Disease Management, Epidemiology, Geophytopathology, Modeling, Machine Learning, Remote Sensing, Population Biology, Genomics, Microbial Ecology, Programming and Embedded Systems with more being added.


Our leadership

Meet those who are taking the lead in different fronts within our community including individuals who are established scientists, early career scientists or students. Filter by knowledge domain or leadership type.

Adam Sparks

Founder. Plant pathologist and epidemiologist. University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Emerson Del Ponte

Founder. Plant disease epidemiologist. Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil

Neil McRoberts

Plant disease epidemiologist and modeller. University of California - Davis, USA

Nik Cunniffe

Mathematical modeller. University of Cambridge, UK

Nik Grunwald

Plant pathologist. USDA, Oregon, USA

Paul Esker

Plant disease epidemiologist and modeller. Pennsylvania State University, USA

Sydney Everhart

Plant disease epidemiologist and population biologist. University of Nebraska, USA

Kaique dos S. Alves

MSc student. Universidade Federal de Viçosa. Disease modeling and risk assessment.

Lisa Ann Rothmann

Lecturer and Phd Student. Free State University. Risk modeling and management of vegetables and cereal crop diseases

Mladen Čučak

Phd student Maynooth University, Ireland. Disease modeling and forecasting.

René Heim

Post-Doctoral Fellow. University of Florida, USA. Remote sensing and spectroscopy

Katie Gold

Assistant Professor. Cornell University, USA. Grape pathology, remote sensing and spectroscopy