FFAR Convening Meeting Phytobiomes  

July 29, 2016  - In conjunction with the APS Annual Meeting - Tampa, FL, United States


Organizer: Tawny Mata, FFAR and Linda Kinkle, University of Minnesota 

Host: American Phytopathological Society
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the American Phytopathological Society (APS)  invite you to join us for a convening event meeting on the phytobiome on July 29, 2016 in Tampa, Florida, immediately preceding the APS Annual Meeting. The emerging research area on phytobiomes holds great promise for sustainably enhancing agricultural production. In February 2016, a group of scientific societies, companies, research institutes, and governmental agencies launched the Phytobiomes Roadmap presenting a new vision for agriculture to increase health, productivity, and sustainability of our current cropping systems. FFAR believes that the surging commercial interest in areas like microbiome-based crop management, increasing demand for community-driven data collection and management strategies, and advances in high-throughput phenotyping technology make the time ripe for investment in a coordinated phytobiome research program. This convening event is an opportunity to provide input to FFAR on the scope, budget and timeline of a potential FFAR funding opportunity.
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Role of Phytobiomes in Plant Disease Control 

July 30 - August 3, 2016  - Special Session during the APS Annual Meeting - Tampa, FL, United States

Organizer: Gwyn Beattie, Iowa State University, IA, U.S.A.

Section: Biology and Disease Management
Sponsoring Committees/Sponsors: Public Policy Board, Collections and Germplasm Committee, Food Safety Interest Group
Plant disease may be influenced by phytobiome members beyond the host and the pathogen. Host defenses may be modulated by microbes and insects, the hosts themselves may actively recruit beneficial organisms, and pathogens may be controlled by other microbes or microbial consortia. This session will focus on recent discoveries of the influence of plant-associated insects and microbes on plant disease outcomes, and on how this knowledge may be translated into applications for disease management.
  • The impact of phyllosphere fungal endophytes on disease. POSY BUSBY, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, U.S.A.
  • The role of microbial communities in the development of the immune competency of plants. SHENG YANG HE, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, U.S.A.
  • Exploitation of microbial symbionts from prairie grasslands for crop enhancement. KELLY CRAVEN, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, U.S.A.
  • The role of insect-associated microbes in altering host plant defenses. CLARE CASTEEL, University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.A.
  • Can I use this strain? Whole genome sequence analysis and legal issues impacting the use of microbial resources. KEVIN MCKLUSKEY, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A.
  • Microbials as components of sustainable agriculture. JONATHAN LEDER, Novozymes Biologicals, Salem, VA, U.S.A.
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NIST-Phytobiomes Alliance Workshop on Standards for Phytobiomes Measurement

August 12, 2016 - Gaithersburg, Maryland

A workshop will be held in association with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to identify priorities in developing standards, protocols, reference materials and reference data for phytobiomes research.  The discussion will focus primarily on soil and plant microbiomes, and will cover topics including sample collection (how to avoid under- and over-sampling in the field), sample storage, macromolecule extraction from soil and plant tissues, development of relevant reference communities, minimizing plant macromolecule interference in microbiome/mycobiome/virome characterization, reproducibility in microbiome technologies, and reference datasets for analytical tool development.  NIST participants will share their expertise in defining reference materials, data and methods for human microbiome measurements. 

Keystone Symposium - Phytobiomes: From Microbes to Plant Ecosystems 

November 8-12, 2016 - Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Phytobiomes Roadmap Writing Workshop

November 11-12, 2015 - Ardemore, OK, United States

View overview of workshop and photos from the event. 

Phytobiomes 2015: Designing a New Paradigm for Crop Improvement.

June 29-July 2, 2015 - Washington, DC, United States

This meeting will focused on the successes, gaps and future needs of research in Phytobiomes, which are defined broadly as the microbiome and macroflora associated with plants and the plant environment. The workshop engaged scientists and representatives of federal funding agencies, agricultural industries, and scientific societies in beginning to develop a roadmap to advance our knowledge of Phytobiomes and apply this knowledge to increase safe and sustainable crop production. The workshop offered a venue for scientific exchange and, critically, an opportunity for highlighting the importance of support for scientific advancements to secure our ability to produce crops for food, energy and fiber into the future. 

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Phytobiome-Plant Interactions: Bridging Phytobiome Structure and Function

August 1-5, 2015 - Special Session during the APS Annual Meeting - Pasadena, CA, United States

Plants live in intimate association with diverse microbes, referred to as the plant microbiome. Microbiome composition and functions are influenced by the plant, and are critical to plant health and productivity. Advances in next-generation sequencing technologies have led to a dramatic increase in our understanding of the composition of plant microbiomes, yet our understanding of the function interactions between plants and their microbiomes has lagged behind. This session will focus on recent advances in our understanding of the complex connections between plants and their microbiomes, and especially on the functional impacts of the microbiome on plant health in both non-model and model plant systems.

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National Coalition for Food and Agriculture Research (NCFAR)

Congressional Seminar
November 13, 2015 - Washington, DC, United States
Presentation by Jan Leach

Soil Science Society / Entomology Society of America Joint Meeting

Connecting Phytobiomes with Soil and Plant Health: The Phytobiomes Initiative
November 17, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Symposium presentation by Jan Leach   

Rhizosphere 4

Rhizosphere 4 is organized by the Center for Soil Ecology
June 21-25 - Maasstricht, Netherlands

Pathobiome: pathogens in microbiotas in hosts

Pathobiome: pathogens in microbiotas in hosts is organized by France's National Veterinary School
June 24-26 - Paris, Fance

ASPB Annual Meeting

Interactions in Rhizosphere and Root Microbiome Symposium
July 27 - Minneapolis, MN, United States

Multi-omics for Microbiomes Conference

Multi-omics for Microbiomes Conference is organized by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
September 13-16 - Richland, WA, United States​
Contact Janet K. Jansson​ for more information


Review presentations​ given by Phytobiomes Initiative organizers at recent phytobiomes-related meetings.​​