The BSPP - an overview
The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) was founded in 1981 for the study and advancement of plant pathology. The BSPP welcomes members from all over the world and from all branches of plant pathology. We support the professional interests of plant pathologists worldwide and provide information and communicate with our members via a newsletter, website and annual meeting. We organise regular scientific meetings, edit three international pathology journals and make funds available to members for both travel expenses and short term undergraduate and masters level studentships.
- Plant Pathology is an international journal that publishes research papers and critical reviews on all aspects of plant pathology.
- Molecular Plant Pathology is a an international journal that has a special interest in publishing papers that emphasise molecular analysis of pathogens, determinants affecting host response to plant pathogens or their interaction.
- New Disease Reports is an on-line global reporting service for rapid and cost-free new publication of new and significant plant disease situations. Papers are published rapidly on the BSPP web site and biannually in the journal Plant Pathology.
We organise regular scientific meetings, often with other societies, to cover topics relevant to plant pathology. members pay reduced conference fees. Meetings include paper readings and poster sessions, discussion forums, workshops on specialist topics and visits to research establishments. Young members are particularly encouraged to contribute. The P.H. Gregory Prize is awarded annually for the best presentation made by a young scientist who has not previously presented a paper at a BSPP meeting. The J Colhoun Prize is awarded annually for the best poster presentation made by a young scientist who has not previously presented a paper at a BSPP meeting. The Garrett Lecture was inaugurated in 1993, and is to be given at a meeting each year by a plant pathologist from overseas.
Becoming a Member of the BSPP
To join, please apply online. There are reduced membership fees for students and the unsalaried members. You will have online access to both BSPP journals, receive a regular newsletter with updates on our activities, information on meetings etc. You may attend BSPP scientific meetings and other functions at members rates, apply for travel and study grants and have access to the members
BSPP funds and studentships
- Travel funds provide financial assistance to members wishing to attend a plant pathology conference in the UK or overseas or make short study visits abroad.
- Visiting fellowships are for members to undertake a longer period of study at another institute.
- Student vacation and MSc bursaries allow undergraduate or MSc students to undertake research projects in appropriate plant pathology laboratories.
- The Plant Pathology promotion fund supports new initiatives with potential to further the promotion of plant pathology in the UK and elsewhere.
BSPP newsletter and members database
BSPP Presidents and Honorary members