“Exploring Phytobiomes” Workshop – Plant and Animal Genome Conference 2024

January 17, 2024


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 One Health Microbiome Center.


Isabelle Caugant, Kellye Eversole – International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research
Jan Leach – Colorado State University


The workshop will take place in Room Palm 3-4 from 10:30am to 12:40pm

  • 10:30am – Harnessing Phytobiomes Research to Support Regulatory Science
    Dusti Gallagher, Phytobiomes Alliance – AbstractSlides
  • 10:55am – Roadmaps to Rhizosphere Nitrogen Retention: Breeding Crops for Microbiome-Associated Phenotypes
    Angela Kent, University of Illinois, IL – Abstract
  • 11:15am – Genetic Determinants of Aerial Root Formation in Maize: Prospects for Harnessing Biological Nitrogen Fixation
    Daniel Laspisa, University of Georgia, GA – Abstract
  • 11:35am – Bacterial Communities Associated with Food-Grade Winter Pea Cultivars Grown in Pacific Northwest Soils
    Svetlana Yurgel, USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, WA – Abstract
  • 11:55am – Count the Cost: Trade-Offs Associated with Low Germination Stimulant 1 Resistance in Sorghum Bicolor
    Chloee McLaughlin, Pennsylvania State University, PA – Abstract
  • 12:15am – Synthetic Biology – Next Generation of Biologicals
    Magalie Guilhabert, Ginkgo Bioworks, CA – AbstractSlides