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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A text analysis of the titles of more than 700 scientific posters to be presented at the 51 CBFito in Brazil using web scraping, text mining and wordcloud for visulization.


We are calling for participation in a survey to gain understanding of the status of reproducible research practices among plant pathologists. Please donate only five minutes of your time to answer a survey questionnaire with 16 multiple choice questions about your current practices related to organisational procedures, data management, analytical workflows and sharing of scientific information.


This is a preprint of a Letter to Editor of Tropical Plant Pathology by Heim et al. on the challenges and potential solutions in the context of application of remote sensing in plant pathology.


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.


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
Modeling tools and techniques using R
8:00 AM

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

Muhammad Mohsin Raza

PhD Student. Iowa State University, USA. Epidemiology, remote sensing and machine learning