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After one year of cancellation and two years of meeting remotely in 2021 and 2022,  we will meet in-person in Salinas, CA in March 2023

Local arrangements: JP Dundore-Arias ( and Peter Henry ( Program Chair:  Kelly Ivors,


Come and meet with colleagues working on various aspects of soilborne fungal pathogens, nematodes and diseases- from the molecular to the applied.  This meeting is very informal and loosely structured, allowing lots of time for discussions and interactions.


Highlights will include: 

  • Field trip of strawberry and leafy vegetable production in Monterey County, including Spencer Farm and new USDA-ARS facilities on Tues. March 28. Separate field trip tickets required, limited to 50. 
  • Social/Dinner Weds. evening March 29 at the National Steinbeck Center 
  • One and a half days of scientific presentations March 29-30, including keynote talks by Steve Koike, TriCal and a nematology talk,TBA 
  • Meeting of the California Nematology Workgroup
  • Student travel scholarships available- see website.  We will offer two $700 scholarships, deadline Jan. 30, 2023


Registration can be made on Google Forms (



Payment can be made by credit card or Paypal on Eventbrite (


or checks can be sent to our treasurer Dr. Andreas Westphal, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, 9240 S Riverbend Ave, Parlier, CA 93648. 559-646-6555.   Field trip will require a separate ticket ($55).    Hotel information is posted on the website.



Hope to see you there


Timothy Paulitz

Meeting Coordinator



In 2010 the Soil Fungus Conference was renamed Conference on Soilborne Plant Pathogens (CSPP), to include nematodes, bacteria, and viruses and to expand the scope of the meeting. The CSPP is a short meeting with a long list of benefits. Started in 1954 by researchers from the University of California with interests in soilborne fungi, it meets annually at locations in the western U.S. It has progressed into one of the most commonly known and highly valued conferences in plant pathology focused on soilborne pathogens.

This meeting has a relatively informal and highly interactive format that allows for provocative, short oral presentations on research and development discoveries, new or increasing disease problems, new applications, products and equipment, and other subjects, followed by questions and spirited, illuminating discussions as the audience pitches in. In some respects, it is a veritable “think tank” with both immediate and long-term benefits. All participants are encouraged to present and/or contribute to the discussions as they choose and time permits. Creative thinking, insights, opinions, and lots of take-home ideas abound under the special climate of this event. Participants come from universities (research, teaching, extension), private industry, technical service organizations, private practice/consulting, municipal and state agencies, crop production, and other areas.

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