Rapid and precise identification of putative bacterial pathogens is critically important in protecting U.S. agriculture. This project leverages genome sequencing and genome-based classification to precisely identify select agents and other high risk quarantine pathogens and conclusively distinguish them from non-pathogens and closely related pathogens already present in the United States. While the experimental work is focused on Ralstonia solanacearum (Rs), the employed genome sequence-based approach is expandable to other bacterial pathogens.
The International Phytobiomes Conference 2021 will bring together a broad community of international researchers and scientists from the public and private sector to collectively advance the newly-emerging field of phytobiomes research.
Aphea.Bio was founded in 2017 as a spin-off of the VIB and its partner universities UGent and KU Leuven and has raised about 10 million US$ in funding. The company can count on a solid scientific team of 22 people and strong leadership team with many years of experience in science and business.