The 7th Powdery Mildew Genomics Workshop 2017 concluded on Friday 15th September, 2017. The meeting followed on from another powdery mildew summer school, which I was unable to attend, and both were well hosted by the Eszterházy Károly University, Eger, Hungary.
Having completed my PhD, I attended this and the EMA conference in Macedonia in between jobs and therefore without funding. The Marsh Christian Trust Horticultural Science Award I had been presented with the previous year enabled this travel and I am especially thankful for this.
The workshop was yet another great opportunity to bring together the most current powdery mildew research and the wonderful variety of researchers devoting their time to it. The field is certainly making the most of the modern techniques available as the vogue seems to be for exploration of all things genomic and effectoromic.
A number of groups are making efforts to further elucidate powdery mildew genomes of wheat and barley powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis formae specialis tritici and hordei respectively), as well as those of tomato, pea, squash, and grape. Plenty of research is also continuing on fungicides and R-gene and mlo and mla mediated fungicide and plant defence resistance.
Many thanks must go to the local hosts and organisers of the meeting and to my hosts, the members of the Keller Lab who saved me from two uncomfortable nights in my rental car!