Phytobiomes 2015: Designing a New Paradigm for Crop Improvement​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

June 30–J​uly 2, 2015
Washington, DC, U.S.A.


Phytobiomes 2015: Designing a New Paradigm for Crop Improvement brought together renowned experts in diverse fields related to phytobiomes with sessions ranging from the lessons that can be learned from other microbiome efforts to designing a path forward for a phytobiomes systems approach.

Full Schedule Final Schedule. Updated June 29.


Abstracts Complete list of presentation and poster abstracts updated June 26


Attendees Complete list of registered attendees updated June 26



Session: How far have we come in understanding phytobiomes?

Assembly and role of microbes on above-ground parts of plants
Steven Lindow, University of California, Berkeley

From micro environment, to microbial envelopes; Role of insect microbiomes in plant-insect communication
Cristina Rosa, The Pennsylvania State University

Finding and optimizing soil microbes for enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability
Daniel Schachtman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Populus microbiome: Progress and limitations of our understanding of microbiome community structure and function over space and time
Christopher Schadt, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Session: Establishing the breadth and relevance of phytobiomes

Drivers of plant microbial community composition
Susannah Tringe, DOE Joint Genome Institute

Symbiotic drivers of plant adaptation: Reprograming plant physiology for agricultural sustainability and food security
Rusty Rodriguez, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies

Fungal volatile organic compounds: Overlooked novel effectors controlling fungal interaction with plants?
Ningxiao Li, The Pennsylvania State University

Session: Lessons learned from recent microbiome and systems biology efforts

Modeling soil microbial communities using artificial neural networks
Marcio Lambais, ESALQ, Brazil

Analysis of the maize leaf microbiome across 270 diverse maize lines
Jason Wallace, Cornell University

Prospects for the soil microbiome and sustainable intensification
Richard Conant, Colorado State University

Workshop Organizers

Jan E. Leach, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University 
Gwyn Beattie, Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology, Iowa State University 
Kellye Eversole, Eversole Associates 

Additional Steering Committee Members

William Buckner, CEO, Noble Foundation 
Gary Felton, Professor, Pennsylvania State University 
Clair Fraser, Professor, University Maryland School of Medicine 
Magalie Guilhabert-Goya, Biologics, Bayer CropScience 
Larry Halverson, Associate Professor, Iowa State University 
Deb Hamernik, Associate Dean of Agricultural Research, Associate Director Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station 
Steven Lindow, Professor, UC Berkeley


This meeting was supported in part by generous contributions from: 
APS, Healthy Plants, Healthy World 
U.S. Department of Energy
Bayer CropScience
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
U.S. Forest Service