JULY 11 - 14, 2022

In cooperation with the "Phytobiomes" Open Access journal

Phytobiomes journal

Special offer for miCROPe participants:
publication discount for Phytobiomes journal


Update 09.07.22 The full Abstract book and the participant list are now available for all registered particpants in the registration system (login required). A shorter printed program book (without abstracts) will be handed out to all participants at the venue.

The Poster Table (PDF) with sessions & numbers is available.



DAY 1 | MON, JULY 11, 2022 | 13:00 - 20:00

11:30 - 13:00

Arrival, registration opens

13:00 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:50

Brajesh Singh (Western Sydney University, AU)
Fundamental knowledge of plant-microbial interactions for improved translational outcomes of crop microbiome tools

13:50 - 15:15

Session sponsored by Rizobacter Rhizobacter Logo

Bringing microbial applications into practice
Session chair: Angela Sessitsch

13:50 - 14:15

Veronica Reis (Embrapa Agrobiologia, BR)
Sugarcane Inoculant – A Case of Success Driven by Open Innovation

14:15 - 14:30

Nora Temme (KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA) & Wieland Reichelt (Evologic Technologies)
Biological seed treatment development from the lab to the field

14:30 - 14:45

Tom Viaene (Aphea.bio, BE)
Aphea.Bio's microbial biostimulants entering pre-commercial phase and exhibiting substantial yield increase in cereals and maize

14:45 - 15:00

Lydia Ugena (Tradecorp International, ES)
A research's answer to the farmer's need: ultra-efficient biostimulation from microbial-based fermentation

15:00 - 15:15


Sara G. Cazzaniga (Wageningen University&Research, NL)
Promotion of healthy crop growth by cover crops-based steering of the soil microbiome

Katja Burow (Erfurt Research Centre for Horticultural Crops (FGK), DE)
How to improve the functionality of peat-free substrates by the targeted use of microbial consortia in sustainable horticulture

Annamaria Bevivino (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, IT)
Effects of plant probiotics and biochar application on rhizosphere biodiversity and maize growth in the field

15:15 - 15:40

Coffee break Sponsored by KWS Sponsored by KWS

15:40 - 17:15

Climate change, plant microbiomes and plant abiotic stress tolerance
Session chairs: Gwyn A. Beattie, Islam Abdel Daim & Maggie R. Wagner

15:40 - 16:05

Gwyn A. Beattie (Iowa State University, US)
The soybean root microbiome: High resolution mapping and responses to abiotic conditions that induce oxidative stress

16:05 - 16:30

Maggie R. Wagner (University of Kansas, US)
Adaptation to water stress in plant-associated and free-living microbiomes

16:30 - 16:45

Max Kolton (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL)
Peatmoss microbiome: roles of the oligotrophic methanotrophs in the nitrogen cycle

16:45 - 17:00

Sonja Wende (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, DE)
Functional Traits of Wheat’s Bacterial Rhizosphere Microbiota under Flooding and Drought by Metagenomics

17:00 - 17:15

Michele Perazzolli (University of Trento, IT)
Ecological and functional analysis of the microbiota associated with a vascular Antarctic plant

17:15 - 17:30

Health break

17:30 - 18:40

Climate change, plant microbiomes and plant abiotic stress tolerance
Session chairs: Gwyn A. Beattie, Islam Abdel Daim & Maggie R. Wagner

17:30 - 17:50

Islam Abdel Daim (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT)
Multi-omics approach revealed molecular and metabolic reprogramming connected with microbial mediated abiotic stress tolerance in plant

17:50 - 18:05

Borjana Arsova (Forschungszentrum Jülich, DE)
Abiotic condition plays an important role and shapes the amplitude or the direction of the plant - microbe interaction, on plant-phenotype and molecular level, in studies of elevated temperature or nitrogen limitation

18:05 - 18:20

Dror Minz (Volcani Center, IL)
Environmentally important bacteria: from ecology to isolation

18:20 - 18:40


Adriana Giongo (Julius Kuhn Institute, DE)
Soil depths and microhabitats influence the structure and composition of microbial communities in wheat rotations

Kathryn Bazany (Colorado State University, US)
Water deficit and host selection explain interkingdom microbial connections across plant compartments

Davide Francioli (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Wheat mycobiota responses to flooding revealed substantial shifts towards harmful fungi

Amélie Semblat (INRAe - UMR Agroécologie, FR)
Drought stress impacts the microbiota mediating iron dynamic in the pea rhizosphere

18:40 - 20:00

Welcome Reception, Networking & Poster Session I

22:00 -

Zoo Night Tour - Monday (optional)

DAY 2 | TUE, JULY 12, 2022 | 09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 10:55

Microbiomes and soil fertility
Session chairs: Euan James & Marcel van der Heijden

09:00 - 09:25

Euan James (The James Hutton Institute, GB)
Development and use of rhizobial inoculants to improve Biological Nitrogen Fixation by pulse crops in the UK

09:25 - 09:50

Marcel van der Heijden (Agroscope, CH)
Soil Microbiome Engineering and Sustainable Plant Production

09:50 - 10:05

Simon Lewin (Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), DE)
Cereal crop growth and yield is modulated by the N-cycling microbiota of the rhizosphere

10:05 - 10:20

Lisa Cangioli (University of Florence, IT)
Differential response of wheat rhizosphere microbiotabacterial community to plant variety and fertilization

10:20 - 10:35

Israel Ikoyi (University College Dublin, IE)
Impact of biofertilizer strains application on quality and quantity of fodder grass swards

10:35 - 10:55


Kalisa Bogati (Nicolaus Copernicus University, PL)
The study on impact of drought stress on microbial communities and their enzyme activities in agricultural soil

Morgane de Toeuf (Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), BE)
Reducing outcome uncertainty in cereal-legume intercrop by leveraging insights on farming history and practices as drivers of soil microbial functions and soil fertility

Alí Asaff (Innovak Global, MX)
Asparagus microbiome modulation by biostimulants and its impact on crop quality and productivity

Anna Sophie Wendel (University Bonn, DE)
Root-soil contact areas are critical for rhizosphere characteristics

10:55 - 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 - 12:40

Functional understanding of plant microbiomes
Session chairs: Matthieu Barret & Víctor J. Carrión Bravo

11:20 - 11:45

Víctor J. Carrión Bravo (Leiden University, NL)
Unlocking the secrets of plant microbiomes

11:45 - 12:10

Matthieu Barret (INRAe, FR)
Processes driving microbial succession during seed development

12:10 - 12:25

Laure Weisskopf (Université de Fribourg, CH)
Microbe-microbe communication in the plant microbiota and its impact on plant health

12:25 - 12:40

Ginaini Grazielli Doin de Moura (INRAE, FR)
Genetic bases and selective forces driving the emergence of new legume symbionts

12:40 - 15:00
13:30 - 14:30

Lunch break & Poster Session I &
Workshop: Emily White (Nature Microbiology)
Meet the Editor: behind the scenes at Nature Microbiology

15:00 - 16:40

Functional understanding of plant microbiomes
Session chairs: Matthieu Barret & Víctor J. Carrión Bravo

15:00 - 15:15

Sina Schultes (University of Bonn, DE)
Combining an 11C and 13C labelling approach to track recently fixed C into the root system and rhizosphere microbiota of maize

15:15 - 15:30

Makrina Diakaki (Wageningen University and Research Wageningen Plant Research, NL)
Beetroot and spinach seed microbiomes can suppress Pythium ultimum infection; results from a large scale screening

15:30 - 15:45

Jelle Spooren (Utrecht University, NL)
Downy mildew associated microbiomes that are inherited via the soil enhance plant resistance against disease

15:45 - 16:00

Sebastian Pfeilmeier (ETH Zurich, CH)
The interplay between the leaf microbiota, plant immunity and opportunistic pathogens

16:00 - 16:15

Lisa Thönen (University of Bern, CH)
Maize root bacteria metabolize host secondary metabolites

16:15 - 16:40


Lidia Błaszczyk (Institute of Plant Genetics Polish Academy of Sciences, PL)
Mycobiome of the common wheat (T. aestivum L.) endosphere

Dario X. Ramirez-Villacis (Netherlands Institute of Ecology NIOO-KNAW, NL)
A walk on the wild side: exploring the functional potential of Andean soil microbiomes to enhance tolerance of potato to late blight disease

Stalin Sarango-Flores (Leiden University/NIOO-KNAW, NL)
BackToRoots: the protective role of the microbiome of native soils from the centre of origin of tomato

Frederik Bak (University of Copenhagen, DK)
The role of Erwinia gerundensis during wheat seed germination

Caroline De Tender (Ghent University, BE)
Tailor your root: chitin-based rhizobiome selection towards plant beneficials

16:40 - 17:00

Coffee break

17:00 - 18:00

Plant mechanisms to interact with beneficial microorganisms
Session chairs: Adriana Hemerly & Elisa Korenblum

17:00 - 17:25

Adriana Hemerly (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, BR)
Communication between plants and endophytic diazotrophic bacteria: what the plant genes can tell us?

17:25 - 17:40

Sofie Goormachtig (VIB/UGent, BE)
A combined approach to identify novel receptor complexes involved in beneficial plant-microbe interactions

17:40 - 18:00


Meha Sharma (McGill University, CA)
Effect of colonization of Bacillus velezensis strain B26 on different Brachypodium distachyon genotypes

Muhammad Syamsu Rizaludin (NIOO-KNAW/Leiden University, NL)
Volatile-mediated communication in the rhizosphere of plants under siege

Namrata Baruah (University of Oulu, FI)
Intracellular colonizers of Scots pine-Which PHB mutant of Methylorubrum extorquens DSM13060 performed better?

Alberto Pascale (Utrecht University, NL)
The microbiome of induced systemic resistance along the root-shoot axis

22:00 -

Zoo Night Tour - Tuesday (optional)

DAY 3 | WED, JULY 13, 2022 | 09:00 - 17:05

09:00 - 10:10

Plant mechanisms to interact with beneficial microorganisms
Session chairs: Adriana Hemerly & Elisa Korenblum

09:00 - 09:25

Elisa Korenblum (ARO - Volcani Center, IL)
Phytobiome influencers: the rhizosphere microbiome mediates root metabolite exudation

09:25 - 09:40

Harriet Middleton (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, CA)
Implication of microRNAs in rhizospheric plant-microbe interactions and their potential use as innovative tools for plant microbiota manipulation

09:40 - 09:55

Adam Schikora (Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), DE)
Scale up: AHL-Priming under field conditions

09:55 - 10:10

Bérengère Decouard (INRAe Versailles, FR)
Impact of nitrogen fertilization on arbuscular mycorrhizae mediated nitrogen nutrition of maize

10:10 - 10:35

Coffee break

10:35 - 12:00

Plant microbiomes in the food system
Session chairs: Gabriele Berg & Angela Sessitsch

10:35 - 11:00

Gabriele Berg (TU Graz, AT)
The plant microbiome from farm to fork

11:00 - 11:30

Angela Sessitsch (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT)
MicrobiomeSupport: Towards coordinated microbiome R&I activities in the food system

11:30 - 11:45

Marie Legein (UAntwerp, BE)
The impact of introduced bumblebees and predatory mites on the phyllosphere microbiome of greenhouse crops

11:45 - 12:00

Eva M. Molin (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT)
A multi-omics approach to disentangle factors underlying a crop’s storability

12:00 - 12:55

Microbial biocontrol of pests, pathogens and weeds
Session chairs: Alexandre Jousset, Ena Šečić & Friederike Trognitz

12:00 - 12:25

Zhong Wei & Alexandre Jousset (Nanjing Agricultural University, CN)
Synbiotics for reliable microbiome enhancement

12:25 - 12:40

Sascha Patz (University of Tübingen, DE)
Genome-wide R-type Tailocin Prediction contributes to low-risk phytosanitary practices

12:40 - 12:55

Steffi Pot (KU Leuven, BE)
Disease suppression in sustainable horticultural substrates with management residues depends on fertilization and is linked to the rhizosphere microbiome

12:55 - 15:00

Lunch break & Poster session II

14:45 - 15:00

Group Photo

15:00 - 17:05

Microbial biocontrol of pests, pathogens and weeds
Session chairs: Alexandre Jousset, Ena Šečić & Friederike Trognitz

15:00 - 15:25

Ena Šečić (Justus Liebig University Gießen, DE)
Analysis of the RNA landscape of a beneficial fungus interaction with the host plant and its importance for biocontrol activity

15:25 - 15:45

Friederike Trognitz (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT)
Development of biocontrol applications against fungal and oomycete diseases

15:45 - 16:00

Arjen Biere (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), NL)
HOW AMF affect plant herbivore resistance: insights from a transcriptome study in Plantago lanceolata

16:00 - 16:15

Shumaila Rasool (Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), NL)
Plant-fungus-herbivore interactions, a step towards sustainable pest control

16:15 - 16:30

Wendalina Tigani (Leiden University, NL)
Listening to the plant-microbe cross-talk to unwire the molecular mechanisms underlying plant protection

16:30 - 16:45

Keming Yang (Nanjing Agriculture University, CN)
Rhizosphere phage communities drive bacterial wilt disease outcomes

16:45 - 17:00

Ola Abdelrahman (University of Fribourg, CH)
The potential of Actinomycetes to control potato late blight

17:00 - 17:20


Haymanti Saha (NIOO-KNAW, NL)
Interactive effects of plant root beneficial microbes and abiotic stress on plant defense

Zayda Morales Moreira (University of British Columbia, CA)
Unraveling host-microbiome interactions for root-rot disease suppression in peas

Pedro Beschoren da Costa (Wageningen University & Research, NL)
Brassicaceae microbiome response to insect herbivory: summarizing random forest, network analysis, and differential abundance

Adrian Wolfgang (Graz University of Technology, AT)
Mutual tripartite interactions of microbial communities in a soil-plant-aphid microcosm system

19:00 - 23:00

Busses leave for conference dinner
Conference Dinner @ Heurigen Wolff (optional)

DAY 4 | THU, JULY 14, 2022 | 09:00 - 15:10

09:00 - 10:50

Microbiome understanding to improve field success of microbial applications
Session chairs: Davide Bulgarelli & Pankaj Trivedi

09:00 - 09:25

Pankaj Trivedi (Colorado State University, US)
Harnessing Plant-Microbiome Interactions for Disease Resistance

09:25 - 09:50

Davide Bulgarelli (University of Dundee, GB)
Taking roots: facilitating breeding selection for host-microbiota interactions in the rhizosphere

09:50 - 10:05

Natacha Bodenhausen (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH)
Predicting fungal communities from soil properties

10:05 - 10:20

Liese Vlasselaer (KU Leuven, BE)
Infection with Phytophthora cryptogea alters the root microbial community of hydroponically-grown lettuce

10:20 - 10:35

Barbara Pivato (INRAE, FR)
Holobiont interactions occurring in pea-wheat intercropping impact both plant phenotype and the associated microbiota

10:35 - 10:50


Katherine Cuadros (Graz University of Technology, AT)
RESPONSE of Cannabis sativa to inoculation with potential plant growth-promoting bacteria in combination with functional superabsorbent cellulose biopolymers

Mohamed Abdelfadil (Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) e.V., DE)
Clay chips used to capture barley root microbiota

Shilpi Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, IN)
Understanding “general disease suppression” of phytopathogens in organic fields for transformation of conducive soil

10:50 - 11:10

Coffee break

11:10 - 12:15

Disruptive approaches for phytobiome improvement
Session chairs: Vadim Kessler &Marko Vinceković

11:10 - 11:35

Vadim Kessler (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE)
Mineral nanoparticles as perspective tools in regulating plant-microbe interactions and alleviating plant stress

11:35 - 12:00

Marko Vinceković (University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, HR)
Bioencapsulation as a sustainable delivery of active agents for plant nutrition/protection

12:00 - 12:15

Carola Peters (Incotec Europe BV, NL)
Practical aspects of microbial seed application

12:15 - 13:55

Lunch break & Poster session II

13:55 - 14:15

Phytobiomes Alliance Session
Session chair: Angela Sessitsch

13:55 - 14:15

Kellye Eversole (International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research, US)
Embracing Complexity: Phytobiomes and a New Vision for Agriculture

14:15 - 14:50

Corné Pieterse (Utrecht University, NL)
Bi-directional communication along the microbiome-root-shoot axis

14:50 - 15:10

Awards & Closure