Featured Project

Genome-based circumscription and phenotyping of regulated microbes, especially the select agent Ralstonia solanacearum

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.

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International Phytobiomes Conference 2022

13-15 September 2022 • Denver, CO, USA

The International Phytobiomes Conference 2022 will bring together a broad community of U.S. and international scientists from the public and private sector as well as agricultural stakeholders to collectively advance the emerging field of phytobiome science.

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Valent Biosciences

Valent BioSciences is a worldwide leader in the research, development and commercialization of biorational products for the agricultural, public health and forest health markets.

The Valent BioSciences portfolio includes bioinsecticides, biofungicides, bionematicides, mycorrhizal fungi, and plant growth regulators used in sustainable systems around the world.

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  • The aim of the Microbiomes Working Group is to identify knowledge and resource gaps that need to be addressed to...
  • The rhizosphere is a nexus for plant-microbe interactions that shape plant health. There has been exponential growth in research focused on the root-associated microbiome, yet crucial questions remain unanswered, including how to identify microbes of key importance for plant function and the mechanisms by which roots structure their microbial communities.
  • In 2021, the Phytobiomes Alliance made progress in its projects as well as in its efforts to build an international community of scientists focused on phytobiomes research.
  • Soils form the foundation of life on earth and are likely the most species dense habitats on our planet. Despite their fundamental importance, soils and their complex microbial communities have historically been one of the most challenging habitats to study because of their blend of diverse materials and organisms in a complex spatial arrangement, and their opacity.

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