Exploring Phytobiomes

The Phytobiome is all of the organisms in, on, and around plants, and encompasses the many organisms that influence or are influenced by the plant or the plant environment, including the soil. It consists of other plants, animals (insects and nematodes), and a wide diversity of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, slime-molds and algae). In this workshop, presentations will include an overview of the new, international Phytobiomes Initiative (www.phytobiomes.org), as well as talks on plant host-microbe interactions, beetle-plant-microbe interactions, implementation of crop phytobiomics in industry, soil health and soil-plant-microbe interactions, and the impact that agricultural practices have on animal microbiomes. The workshop will wrap up with a general discussion on increasing multi-disciplinary activities within the Phytobiomes Initiative.
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: Royal Palm Salon 4,5,6
Kellye Eversole , Angela Records and Jan E. Leach
10:30 AM
Phytobiomes and Plant Health: Science and Policy
Jan E. Leach, Colorado State University; Kellye Eversole, Eversole Associates; Gwyn A. Beattie, Iowa State University; Angela Records, USAID

10:50 AM
Phytobiome, a New View of Crop Production - an Industry Perspective
Magalie Guilhabert, Bayer CropScience, Biologics; Varghese Thomas, Bayer CropScience, Biologics

11:10 AM
Exploring the Oomycete Microbiome Associated with Soybean Seedling Diseases in the U.S
Martin Chilvers, Michigan State University; J. Alejandro Rojas, Michigan State University

11:50 AM
Characterizing the Microbiome Across the Gastrointestinal Tract from Steers Differing in Feed Efficiency
Phillip Myer, USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; James E. Wells, USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; Timothy P.L. Smith, USDA, ARS, USMARC; Larry A. Kuehn, USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; Harvey C. Freetly, USDA-ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

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