The 30th Annual Tomato Disease Workshop will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center in downtown Baton Rouge.

The workshop provides an opportunity to discuss all aspects of tomato pathogens and disease management, said LSU AgCenter extension plant pathologist Melanie Lewis Ivey.

All members of the plant health community are invited to share ongoing research, disease management tactics and strategies and address emerging issues during the event.

“The workshop will be of interest to researchers and students, tomato breeders, extension educators, crop consultants, tomato producers, processors, industry representatives, government regulators and anyone involved in or interested in the successful production of field or greenhouse tomatoes,” Ivey said.

Topics to be discussed include disease etiology, pathogen epidemiology, breeding for disease resistance; chemical, cultural and biological management strategies; disease diagnostics, and food safety of both field and greenhouse tomatoes, Ivey said.

Registration is online only through Sept. 30. The cost is $140, $95 for students. The fee for members of the Louisiana Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is $95. The general on-site registration is $155 and $130 for students. Only cash and checks will be accepted on-site, Ivey said. Registration fees will cover the meeting sessions, the welcome reception, breakfast, lunch and refreshments daily.

For more information, contact Ivey at (225) 578-8537 or email mivey@agcenter.lsu.edu if a formal invitation is required to attend the workshop.