San Diego, CA, USA
The microbial communities associated with plants and animals have the potential to benefit their plant and animal hosts as well as the environment in numerous ways, including resistance to diseases and pests, improved nutrient utilization and resilience to the negative effects of climate change. This session will focus on microbial communities associated with animals, plants, and soils, with the aim of better understanding how those communities benefit the environment and the higher organisms with which they associate. Presentations will examine microbial communities at a variety of scales. Presentations will highlight common aspects of different microbial communities as well as features that seem to be more unique. The presentation will be followed by a discussion session focused on whether/how knowledge gained from diverse microbial communities can lead to more general understanding of agriculturally related microbiomes and how these diverse scientific communities could collaborate to build more robust fundamental knowledge across each domain.
Ann Lichens-Park, Lori Leach and Kellye Eversole
International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research
The workshop will take place in Room Pacific E from 6:20 to 8:30pm