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DEC. 4 - 7, 2017


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DAY 1 | 4. Dec. 2017 | 1P.M. - 8:30P.M.

Opening lecture Esperanza Martínez-Romero
Session 1
Successful microbial products

Session 2
Microorganisms for rural development

Poster Session I & Reception

DAY 2 | 5. Dec. 2017 | 8:30A.M. - 3P.M.

Session 3
New mechanisms involved in beneficial plant-microbe interactions
Poster Session II
Session 3
New mechanisms involved in beneficial plant-microbe interactions

Social Events & Vienna Tours starting at 3 p.m.

DAY 3 | 6. Dec. 2017 | 8:30A.M. - 6P.M.

Session 4
Plant understanding and improvement of beneficial interactions with microbes

Session 5
The holobiont plant: multitrophic and microbiome interactions

Poster Session III
Session 6
The holobiont plant: multitrophic and microbiome understanding

miCROPe Party starting at 7 p.m.

DAY 4 | 7. Dec. 2017 | 9A.M. - 3P.M.

Session 7
Application technologies & formulations

Phytobiomes Alliance Session
Session 8
Future of microbial products & regulatory issues

Closing lecture Janet K. Jansson


DAY 1 | MON, 4. Dec. | 1P.M. - 8:30P.M.

10:00 - 12:00

Arrival, registration

13:00 - 13:15


13:15 - 14:00

OPENING LECTURE New AG International
Esperanza Martinez-Romero (Center of Genomic Science, UNAM, MX)
Beneficial effects of microbes on plants

14:00 - 15:10

Session chairs: Jürgen Köhl & Angela Sessitsch

14:00 - 14:25

Jürgen Köhl (Wageningen University & Research, NL)
The challenge of developing microbial biocontrol products for disease control

14:25 - 14:40

Christoph Lehnen
BVT fungus Clonostachys rosea CR-7 vectored by bumble bees protects plants from Grey Mold infection and enhances yields

14:40 - 14:55

Brenda Loznik
Improving the efficacy of organic fertilizers with protozoa

14:55 - 15:10

Ross Mann
Isoprene identified in the volatolome of endophytic fungi as a promising phosphine alternative

15:10 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 16:40

Microorganisms for rural development
Session chairs: Ian Sanders & Alia Rodriguez

15:30 - 15:55

Ian Sanders (University of Lausanne, CH)
A microbial green revolution: Breeding microbes to feed the world

15:55 - 16:10

Didier Lesueur
Importance of rhizobia in agriculture: potential of the commercial inoculants and native strains for improving legume yields in different land-use systems

16:10 - 16:25

Maged Saad
Desert rhizosphere microbes for future sustainable SMART agriculture

16:25 - 16:40

Valentina Riva
Plant growth promoting bacteria: a sustainable tool to minimize water footprint in agriculture in arid and semi-arid zones

16:40 - 17:30

Andrea Kunova: Exploring plant endophytic Streptomyces for their use in sustainable agriculture
Daniel Bravo: Assessing cadmium-tolerant endophytic bacteria as an strategy to bio-remediate cadmium presence in Cacao crops from Colombia
Gabriele Schiro: Spatial distribution of phyllosphere fungi in a heterogeneous wheat field
Zhibo Li: Improving pasture quality by beneficial Bacillus sp. for optimized milk quality for use in dairy industry
Sandra Bredenbruch: Microbial rhamnolipids mediate control of plant parasitic nematodes through several mechanisms
Sebastian Schneider: Nitrogenase biosynthesis of Rhizobium (Mesorhizobium loti) is limited by the symbiotic sulfate transport in root nodules of the legume Lotus japonicus
Anna Clocchiatti: Stimulating saprotrophic fungi to control soil-borne fungal crop diseases
Caroline Baudson: Impact of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on phosphorus use efficiency in the model grass Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv.

17:30 - 20:30

Poster Session I & Networking

DAY 2 | TUE, 5. Dec. | 8:30A.M. - 3P.M.

08:30 - 10:20

New mechanisms involved in beneficial plant-microbe interactions
Session chairs: Paola Bonfante, Laure Weisskopf & Barbara Reinhold-Hurek

08:30 - 08:55

Paola Bonfante (University of Torino, IT)
Looking at the plant side: plant crop responses to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

08:55 - 09:20

Laure Weisskopf (University of Fribourg, CH)
News from the volatile warfare between potato-associated Pseudomonas and the late blight causing agent Phytophthora infestans

09:20 - 09:35

Lara Martin-Sanchez
The role of bacterial terpenes in microbial interactions in the soil

09:35 - 09:50

Antoine Desrut
Unraveling the importance of sugar transport in plant-beneficial rhizobacteria interactions

09:50 - 10:05

Monika Schmoll
Trichoderma reesei prioritizes plant sensing and the presence of a mating partner over nutrient sensing to achieve optimal adaptation to the plant by sexual development

10:05 - 10:20

Alberico Bedini
Biostimulants for biostimulants: oligosaccharides as a new opportunity to enhance mycorrhizal responses, theoretical basis and practical cases

10:20 - 10:40

Coffee break

10:40 - 11:20

New mechanisms involved in beneficial plant-microbe interactions
Session chairs: Paola Bonfante, Laure Weisskopf & Barbara Reinhold-Hurek

10:40 - 11:05

Barbara Reinhold-Hurek (University of Bremen, DE)
To be or not to be inside: A complex role of bacterial factors for endo- or epiphytic colonization

11:05 - 11:20

Lilach Iasur Kruh
Substance secreted by the endophytic Dyella-like bacterium as a potential solution against yellows disease of carrots

11:20 - 12:45

Plant understanding and improvement of beneficial interactions with microbes
Session chairs: Roeland Berendsen & Angela Sessitsch

11:20 - 11:45

Roeland Berendsen (Utrecht University, NL)
The root microbiome and plant health

11:45 - 12:00

Abhishek Shrestha
On a search to unravel the differences in molecular events between primable and non-primable barley varieties

12:00 – 12:15

Pierre Hohmann
Breeding for microbiome-mediated disease resistance

12:15 - 12:30

Philipp Franken
Petunia as model to breed for new crop cultivars with improved responses to root-endophytic fungi

12:30 - 12:45

Davide Gerna
Bacteria on the surface of wheat seeds affect hydrogen peroxide production during early seedling growth

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 - 14:10

The holobiont plant: multitrophic interactions
Session chairs: Leo van Overbeek & Gabriele Berg

13:30 - 13:55

Leo van Overbeek (Wageningen University and research, NL)
Occurrence of human pathogenic micro-organisms in plant production systems

13:55 - 14:10

Paloma Duran
Dissecting the multispecies interaction network at the Arabidopsis root-soil interface

14:10 - 15:00

Souvik Kusari: Ecological role of maytansine is revealed by in situ MALDI-HRMS-imaging of Maytenus senegalensis during the germination process
Andrea Manzotti: How do phytohormones influence the composition of fungal endophyte communities in tomato roots?
Carmen Bianco: Effects of structural and functional analogues of IAA in triggering biological nitrogen fixation in non-legume plants
Olga Calvo: Effects of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria on barley under global warming-associated environmental factors
Nurmi Pangesti: Back-to-the-roots: unraveling the endophytic microbiome in banana germplasm to control Fusarium wilt
Guofen Li: Cooperation of Trichoderma spp. and Bacillus spp. in biocontrol applications
Klara Bradacova: Bio-effectors in the rhizosphere: Microbial consortia as inoculants  for improved plant growth and mineral nutrition
Mark Winter: Biocontrol of Fusarium crown and root rot in wheat by inhibitory Streptomyces isolates – it’s complicated


SOCIAL EVENT: Vienna tours (optional)

DAY 3 | WED, 6. Dec. | 8:30A.M. - 18:10P.M.

08:30 - 09:55

The holobiont plant: multitrophic interactions
Session chairs: Leo van Overbeek & Gabriele Berg

08:30 - 08:55

Gabriele Berg (TU Graz, AT)
From seeds to postharvest: the impact of microbial diversity on plant health

08:55 - 09:10

Adam Schikora
Diversified microbiome bears the potential to protect crop plants against human pathogens

09:10 - 09:25

Robert Czajkowski
Ecological interaction of lytic bacteriophages and plant pathogenic bacteria – a case study involving lytic phages and pectinolytic plant pathogens in plant-associated environment

09:25 - 09:40

David Ezra
Synthetic volatile mixture, from a fungal origin, controls Sclerotium rolfsii both in vitro and in soil

09:40 - 09:55

Roeland Berendsen
Disease-induced assemblage of a plant-beneficial bacterial consortium

09:55 - 10:20

Coffee break

10:20 - 11:25

The holobiont plant: microbiome understanding
Session chairs: Yvan Moënne-Loccoz & Birgit Mitter

10:20 - 10:45

Tuesday Simmons (UC Berkeley, US)
Drought alters the development of the grass root microbiome

10:45 - 11:10

Yvan Moënne-Loccoz (Université de Lyon, FR)
Plant-beneficial bacteria in the rhizosphere microbiome of cereals

11:10 - 11:25

Viviane Radl
From seeds to roots: the role of seed-borne endophytes for the composition of the active microbiome of barley roots

11:25 - 13:45

Poster session II & Lunch break

13:45 - 15:25

The holobiont plant: microbiome understanding
Session chairs: Yvan Moënne-Loccoz & Birgit Mitter

13:45 - 14:10

Birgit Mitter (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, AT)
Understanding the plant microbiome

14:10 - 14:25

Saskia Bindschedler
The oxalate-carbonate pathway: an ecosystem service for sustainable agriculture

14:25 - 14:40

Klaus Schlaeppi
Smart farming: manipulating root and soil microbiomes through specific cropping practices

14:40 - 14:55

Linda Thomashow
Phenazine-1-carboxylic acid influences biofilm development and turnover of rhizobacterial biomass in a soil moisture-dependent manner

14:55 - 15:10

Enoch Narh Kudjordjie
Effects of plant secondary metabolite benzoxazinoids on the plant microbiome

15:10 - 15.25

David Hallahan
Contrasting soil microbial community profiles associated with outliers in early growth of corn (Zea mays)

15:25 - 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 - 16:40

Saranya Kanukollu: Unravelling the key players of grassland plant microbiomes behind methanol consumption
Valeria Verrone: Engineering the plant microbiome to improve crop quality and yield
Natacha Bodenhausen: Root microbiome dynamics in response to phosphate
Soumitra Paul Chowdhury: Legacy effects of long-term organic or conventional farming practices on the rhizosphere microbiome and health of the next plant generation measured under controlled conditions.
Robert R. Junker: Asymmetric dependencies – a novel statistic to reveal non-reciprocal relationships between plant associated microbes
Thijs Van Gerrewey: Biostimul’eau: crop quality improvement in (vertical) hydroponics through transplantation of a soil rhizosphere microbial communit
Julia Hengl:
Microbial nanoclay and nanocellulose composite formulations using Gram negative endophytic bacteria for maize
Kristin Dietel: The project "SaatMaisPlus": Development of non-chemical seed treatments for maize
Natalia Hatrakova: Two-way protection of Gram-negative beneficial soil bacteria Paraburkholderia phytofirmans in dry alginate formulations: inducing the cell adaptation in tolerance to desiccation

16:40 - 18:10

Poster Session III

19:00 - 24:00

miCROPe Party (optional)

DAY 4 | THU, 7. Dec. | 9:00A.M. - 15:00P.M.

09:00 - 10:35

Application technologies & formulations
Session chairs: Anant Patel & Claudia Preininger

09:00 - 09:25

Anant Patel (Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, DE)
Formulations for novel biological pest control strategies

09:25 - 09:50

Claudia Preininger (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT)
Design of microbial formulations – connecting material properties with bacterial viability and overall treatment performance

09:50 - 10:05

David Schisler
Non-viable antagonist cells are associated with reduced biocontrol performance by viable cells of the yeast Papiliotrema flavescens against Fusarium head blight of wheat

10:05 - 10:20

Ahmed Idris Hassen
Co-inoculation of symbiotic rhizobia and free-living rhizobacteria (PGPR) have a role in enhancing growth in the legumes lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.)

10:20 - 10:35

Virginia Estévez
Shelf-life and storage of Trichoderma asperellum strain T34 applied as a seed treatment on experimental corn seeds

10:35 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 12:25

Phytobiomes Alliance Session
Session chairs: Kellye Eversole & Angela Sessitsch

11:00 - 11:25

Kellye Eversole (International Phytobiomes Alliance, US)
Building a foundation to combine site-specific biological and physical data for next-generation precision agriculture

11:25 - 11:40

Slavica Djonovic
Streptomyces as endophytes: understanding the mode of action of plant growth promotion under abiotic stress

11:40 - 11:55

Jim Germida
Bacterial and fungal endophytes increase growth and yield of agricultural crops at heat and drought stressed field sites

11:55 - 12:10

Michael Ionescu
Harnessing plant understanding and microbiome functional diversity to stimulate plant yield production

12:10 - 12:25

Kateryna Zhalnina
Root exudate chemistry and microbial substrate preferences drive rhizosphere microbial community assembly during plant development and under nutrient and water stress

12:25 - 13:15

Lunch break

13:15 - 13:55

Future of microbial products & regulatory issues

13:15 - 13:55

Willem Ravensberg (Koppert Biological Systems, NL)
The future of microbial products and regulatory issues

13:55 - 14:40

Janet Jansson (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US)
Phenotypic response of soil microbiomes to environmental change

14:40 - 15:00


Satellite Workshop

Training Course and Workshop: "Advanced microscopy techniques for plant-microbe interaction analysis", Nov. 27-Dec. 2 ,2017.

Workshop program PDF Update February 16, 2017
Announcement Folder PDF Update May 29, 2017

New AG International

is the official agriculture magazine partner of the miCROPe 2017 Symposium

The German Scientific Society for Plant Protection and Plant Health r.S. (DPG)

is partner of the miCROPe 2017 Symposium



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