Austin, TX, USA
To meet increasing global demands for food, feed, and fiber, sustainable agricultural systems must improve considerably in the face of a steadily changing climate and other environmental stressors. These improvements will require a holistic, systems-level approach that integrates knowledge from a breadth of disciplines. A better understanding is needed of the interactions among plants, microorganisms, soils, and climate, or the “phytobiome.” Phytobiomes science is laying a foundation that will enable the discovery of fundamental principles that can be applied rapidly to agricultural systems. Speakers highlight the breadth of phytobiomes research and the knowledge that is necessary for enhancing agricultural productivity.