Virtual Seminars

Coordinated by Dr. Benjamin Schwessinger, the Virtual Seminars (aka science webinars) are a venue for delivering scientific talks of general interest to a plant pathology audience. Anyone is welcome to contribute a seminar. If you are interested, please answer a few questions for approval.

  • The seminars are pre-approved and disseminated widely via Twitter.

  • It is live broadcast via Zoom at a date & time of the speaker’s convenience.

  • The speaker is available to answer questions from the audience after the seminar (e.g. up to 1 hour) either within the Zoom chat and/or on the OPP Slack channel for webinars.

  • The live event will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

  • The video file and all associated materials (slides, chat texts, codes, etc.) will be made freely accessible under the CC BY license through OSF with a DOI provided for each the materials presented.

Upcoming and Previous Seminars

Feel free to use the calendar invite to add upcoming seminars to your calendar and the Zoom link to join us.

For the seminars that have already occured, you will find a link to the YouTube video and to the materials on OSF.


The elusive long-read fungal sequence: how to minION like a pro (when you’ve never done it before)
Tue, Dec 1, 2020 10:00 AM
Deciphering the origin of powdery mildews in Australia. Implications for plant biosecurity
Fri, Nov 27, 2020 10:00 AM
A tale of two crop diseases
Fri, Oct 30, 2020 10:00 AM
cpn60UT: the perfect marker to identify and characterize phytoplasmas?
Mon, Jun 1, 2020 7:30 AM
Evolution of mini-chromosomes in Fusarium
Mon, May 25, 2020 1:00 PM
Technology driven cassava pest management
Mon, May 4, 2020 9:00 AM
The ongoing pandemic of Tropical Race 4 threatens global banana production
Thu, Apr 30, 2020 10:00 AM
How the study of necrotrophic effectors advanced our understanding of the enigmatic PR-1 protein
Mon, Apr 20, 2020 7:00 PM
The diversity and molecular evolution of plant defence against pathogens in nature
Mon, Apr 6, 2020 10:00 AM
Molecular response of clubroot infected plants to the endophytic fungus Acremonium alternatum
Tue, Mar 31, 2020 10:00 AM