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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
MICROBE-ASSISTED CROP PRODUCTION-
OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES & NEEDS

MAY. 2 - 5, 2022
VIENNA, AUSTRIA

WELCOME

Dear colleagues,

Angela SessitschOur last miCROPe conference was in 2019, right before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile we all have experienced many online meetings and conferences and all their advantages and disadvantages. Many of us look forward to having again personal meetings and discussions while having a coffee in the coffee break or having a chat during a social event. Now, miCROPe is back and the next symposium will be miCROPe 2022, taking place again in Vienna, from 2-5 May 2022. This time without Christmas markets, but you will be able to enjoy a lovely spring season in Vienna.

There is unbroken interest in soil and plant microbiomes and their important contribution in agro-systems. Plant microbiota are diverse and provide important functions for their host’s performance, and mediate functions like nutrient delivery, fitness, stress tolerance, and pathogen or pest control. Current understanding of plant-microbe interactions is helping to develop microbial products, new applications to improve crop production, and create alternatives to chemicals. Microbial ecology is an important asset for understanding the fate of applied microorganisms in a natural environment, and for affecting product development. Greater understanding of microbiome functioning will also lead to new routes of exploration.

The increasing awareness of and interest in plant microbiota is linked to the urgent need to find solutions for current challenges in global crop production such as climate change and global demographic development. Difficulties to be overcome include world-wide population increases, extreme weather events and highly variable weather conditions, emerging pathogens and pests, and diminishing land resources. Furthermore, the use of chemical pesticides poses a threat to human health, animal welfare, and biodiversity. Innovations based on the functioning of plant microbiota have the potential to contribute to combating these challenges.

The symposium “Microbe-assisted crop production – opportunities, challenges and needs” (miCROPe 2022) addresses basic and applied aspects of applying beneficial microorganisms in crop production. Scientific sessions will address different functions of microorganisms in crop production, ranging from biocontrol to nutrition and stress resilience. Furthermore, we will address plant mechanisms, functional understanding and most importantly also address how microbiomes can be translated in field applications.

The symposium will be held in the Apothekertrakt of the famous Schönbrunn castle, easy to reach from the Vienna city center and surrounded by a beautiful park area. In addition, we will offer online participation for those not being able to travel. We invite you to present exciting results, engage in discussions with experts from academia and industry and enjoy the historic and cultural sites of Vienna.
Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna at the miCROPe 2022!

Angela Sessitsch
on behalf of the Organizing Committee

The registration for miCROPe2022 will open in Q4 2021

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MAIN TOPICS

Bringing microbial applications into practice


Microbiomes and soil fertility


Functional understanding of plant microbiomes


Plant mechanisms to interact with beneficial microorganisms


Climate change, plant microbiomes and plant abiotic stress tolerance

Microbial biocontrol of pests, pathogens and weeds


Plant microbimes in food systems


Microbiome understanding to improve field success of microbial applications


Disruptive approaches for phytobiome improvement


Phytobiomes Alliance Session

 

 

CONFIRMED INVITED SPEAKERS

Islam Abd El-Daim
Austrian Institute of Technology, AT

Matthieu Barret
INRAE, FR

Gwynn Beattie
Iowa State University, USA

Gabriele Berg
Graz University of Technology, AT

Davide Bulgarelli
Dundee University, UK

Victor Carrion
Leiden University, NL

Kellye Eversole
International Phytobiomes Alliance, USA

Connor Fitzpatrick
University of North Carolina, USA

Christine Hawkes
North Carolina State University, USA

Marcel van der Heijden
Agroscope, CH

Adriana Hemerly
Rio de Janeiro University, BRA

Euan James
James Hutton Institute, UK

Vadim Kessler
SLU, SE

Karl-Heinz Kogel
Giessen University, DE

Elisa Korenblum
Weizmann Institute, IL

Veronica Reis
EMBRAPA, BRA

Brajesh Singh
University of Western Sydney, AUS

Pankaj Trivedi
Colorado State University, USA

Friederike Trognitz
Austrian Institute of Technology, AT

Marko Vincekovic
Zagreb University, CRO

Zhong Wei
Nanjing Agricultural University, CN

 

 

 

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna at miCROPe 2022!
Your miCROPe Organizing Committee

Angela Sessitsch
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Islam Abd El-Daim
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Friederike Trognitz
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Walter Glaser
ÖGMBT Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology

Andrea Bauer
ÖGMBT Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology


This was miCROPe 2019

Dear colleagues,

Angela SessitschOur awareness on the importance of naturally occurring microorganisms, frequently referred as to microbiomes, has increased substantially. Plant microbiota are diverse and provide important functions for their host’s performance, and mediate functions like nutrient delivery, fitness, stress tolerance, and pathogen or pest control. Current understanding of plant-microbe interactions is helping to develop microbial products, new applications to improve crop production, and create alternatives to chemicals. Microbial ecology is an important asset for understanding the fate of applied microorganisms in a natural environment, and for affecting product development. Greater understanding of microbiome functioning will also lead to new routes of exploration.

The increasing awareness of and interest in plant microbiota is linked to the urgent need to find solutions for current challenges in global crop production such as climate change and global demographic development. Difficulties to be overcome include world-wide population increases, extreme weather events and highly variable weather conditions, emerging pathogens and pests, and diminishing land resources. Furthermore, the use of chemical pesticides pose a threat to human health, animal welfare, and biodiversity. Innovations based on the functioning of plant microbiota have the potential to contribute to combating these challenges.

The symposium “Microbe-assisted crop production – opportunities, challenges and needs” (miCROPe 2019) addresses basic and applied aspects of applying beneficial microorganisms in crop production. Scientific sessions will address mechanistic understanding of holobiont interactions, functional understanding of microbiomes, plant understanding, microbial control of pests, pathogens and weeds, microbial application to improve nutrition and abiotic stress as well as disruptive approaches in microbiome applications. Our aim is to promote innovation as well as implementation of new technologies and to enable discussions between academia and industry.

The symposium will be held in the newly renovated Apothekertrakt and Orangerie of the famous Schönbrunn castle, easy to reach from the Vienna city center and with one of the most beautiful Christmas markets close by. We invite you to present exciting results, engage in discussions with experts from academia and industry and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere of Vienna.

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna at the miCROPe 2019!

Angela Sessitsch
on behalf of the Organizing Committee

Greetings from the miCROPe 2019 participants

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This was miCROPe 2017

PARTICIPANT TESTIMONIALS

Didier Lesueur, CIRAD UMR Eco&Sols and CIAT-Asia, Hanoi, VNDidier Lesueur

It was a great opportunity for me to share part of our results with all the participants whom attended the Micrope 2017 conference. It was also challenging because many of them are working with private companies dealing with microbial commercial products and our conclusions were not so optimistic about what is currently available on the market. But we all share the same goal, having microbial solutions for sorting out the problems agriculture has been facing all around the world. This is definitively the way forward and by participating to International conferences such as Micrope 2017, we significantly contribute to the elaboration of effective microbial products relevant for end users. 

Michael Ionescu, Evogene Ltd.,Rehovot, ILMichael Ionescu

The miCROPe symposium, which I attended twice (2015 and 2017), was very successful also this year and had proven again to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary scientific review addressing aspects of beneficial plant-microbe interaction relevant for both academy and industry. It was a great place to hear scientist who are opinion-leaders and get an up-to-date picture of the current understanding of the field. To my opinion, the program was tailored nicely to allow the participants to identify scientific trends and challenges, get a sense of the potential of microbes as plant producers and learn about the practical considerations toward successful development of an application. In addition, as a scientist coming from the industry, I find miCROPe an excellent place where potential collaborators can be approached, technologies for licensing can be identified and I can communicate my perspective as an industry on the field.

Ross Mann, AgriBio, Centre for AgriBioscience, Bundoora, AURoss Mann

miCROPe17 was a very comprehensive conference, covering all aspects of microbial products in agriculture related fields, from discovery and evaluation to scale up (e.g. fermentation) and product regulation.  The program was well structured catering to a range of audiences including researchers, private industry and the farming community, and created an environment that facilitated open discussion, interaction and collaboration.  Overall, miCROPe 17 was the best conference I have attended, in the most amazing location in the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace.  This conference is a must for anyone interested in microbial products in agriculture.

Shubahngi Sharma, Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Erfurt, DEShubahngi Sharma

It was a pleasure to attend miCROPe 2017. Meeting so many people from diverse fields of research was quite impressive. As an early stage researcher working on endophytes, it was very encouraging for me to network with people working on different aspects of plant-endophyte interactions. The unique aspect of miCROPe was the perfect mix of researchers from industry and academia presenting their work in a collaborative atmosphere. The talks from the keynote speakers were particularly inspiring! I would like to thank the organizers for giving me the opportunity to present my work to the pioneers in the field of plant-microbe interactions.
I am looking forward to miCROPe 2018.

Slavica Djonovic, Indigo Ag Inc., Boston, USASlavica Djonovic

The use of endophytes as agricultural products is a rapidly emerging field across academia and industry. The miCROPe 2017 organizing committee did an excellent job of bringing together international experts in the field. As a representative of a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, I was pleased to see and discuss advancement in this area. The symposium was organized very thoughtfully, providing lots of opportunities for networking, discussions, and brainstorming. The size of the symposium was just right to enable those interactions, the venue was beautiful, and the hosts were exceptional.  I would love to see this meeting take place each year in Vienna.

 

Visit the Website of the Micrope2017 Symposium.


THIS WAS MICROPE 2015

Visit the Website of the Micrope2015 Symposium.