The APS Pathogen Resistance Committee is composed of APS members who seek to: 1) raise the awareness of pathogen resistance issues and concerns by the dissemination of information via forums including sponsored special sessions, symposia, or workshops provided at the APS annual meeting; 2) promote research and knowledge on resistance development within a pathogen community to fungicides, bactericides, transgenic-hosts, and/or biocontrol agents; and 3) serve as a liaison between APS and other scientific societies, government agencies and industry personnel with regards to pathogen resistance development and how to mitigate or overcome the negative effects of resistance. One specific and important role of the pathogen resistance committee is to coordinate interactions between government agencies (e.g. EPA) and industry for critical subjects such as FRAC groupings on pesticide labels.
The APS pathogen resistance committee brings critical issues surrounding pathogen resistance control measures to the forefront in the context of agricultural production in the United States and around the world. The committee also promotes research into pathogen resistance, develops and presents educational programs highlighting the development of resistance and measures to prevent resistance, and strives to convey management practices through extension programs to reduce the risk of resistance development.