At the beginning of August, Gert Kema was invited to kick-off a special session titled “Banana Production at the Crossroad: Impact of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense TR4” at the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society. He spoke about detection, identification, and the epidemiology of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense, tropical race 4. Other speakers included Dr. Gus Molina, Bioversity International and Prof. Randy Ploetz, University of Florida. The same day, Nadia Ordonez, PhD candidate at Wageningen University, gave a presentation about the development of a molecular diagnostic for Panama disease.