“Exploring Phytobiomes” workshop – Plant and Animal genome Conference 2022

January 12, 2022


San Diego, CA, USA




The Phytobiome is all of the organisms in, on, and around plants, and encompasses the many biological and physical components that influence or are influenced by the plant or the plant environment, including the soil. It consists of other plants, animals (insects and nematodes), a wide diversity of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, slime-molds and algae), the plant microbiome, and the environment. In this workshop, talks will cover various aspects of research into understanding phytobiomes.
The workshop is supported by the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research and the Penn State Microbiome Center.


  • 10:30 am – Opportunities to Advance Rhizosphere Microbiome Research with Functionally and Spatially Explicit Root Sampling (Abstract)
    Suzanne Fleishman1, William L. King1, Caylon F. Yates1, Meredith J. Persico1, Jing Guo2, Michela Centinari1, Terrence H. Bell1 and David M. Eissenstat1, (1)Penn State University, (2)Northeast Normal University, China
  • 10:50 am – Root Exudates Play Vital Roles in Plant Stress Tolerance through Interactions with the Soil and Soil Microbes (Abstract)
    Yen Ning Chai, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  • 11:10 am – Maize Genetic Diversity and Microbial Interactions (Abstract)
    Corey Schultz, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • 11:30 am – Mapping Plant Genes Shaping the Rhizosphere Microbiota
    Carmen M Escudero-Martinez, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
  • 11:50 am – Exploring the Protists in the Phytobiome (Abstract)
    Stephen J. Taerum, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT
  • 12:10 pm – Understanding the Aerobiome (Abstract)
    Jan E. Leach1, Sue VandeWoude2, Sonia Kreidenweis2, Angela Bosco-Lauth2 and Eugene Kelly2, (1)Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, (2)Colorado State University