Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Conference: Plant-microbe Interactions

    An estimated 10 billion people will need to be fed by 2050, and together with the rise in global disposable income, the demand for food will increase by up to 60%. Furthermore, over a third of all crop yields are lost globally each year due to abiotic and biotic stresses such as drought, flooding, heat stress, pests, and diseases. To reduce this yield gap and do so in an environmentally responsible manner, future crop production needs to be achievable on sub-optimal or marginal farmland with the reduced input of fertilizers and pesticides. Microbes from the soil environment as well as those actively colonizing plants can improve plant nutrient acquisition and afford some measure of protection against biotic and abiotic stresses. Future efforts to improve crop productivity while reducing chemical fertilizers and pesticides will undoubtedly benefit from harnessing favorable plant-microbe interactions. This conference will focus on plant-microbe interactions for enhanced crop resilience by exploring the fundamental mechanisms that shape plant-microbe community assembly, spatio-temporal control of community composition, and function of the communities within/on plant tissues and in complex soil systems.

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    13-17 November 2022


    Keynote Speaker: Julia Vorholt ETH Zürich, CH
    Keynote Speaker: Trent R. Northen Berkeley Lab, US
    Alexandre Jousset Nanjing Agricultural University, CN
    Angela D. Kent University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, US
    Angela Sessitsch Austrian Institute of Technology, AT
    Ashley Shade Michigan State University, US
    Britt Koskella UC Berkeley, US
    Daniel Dar Weizmann Institute of Science, IL
    Davide Bulgarelli University of Dundee, AU
    Gabriel Castrillo University of Nottingham, UK
    Guy Polturak The John Innes Center, UK
    Joy Bergelson The University of Chicago/NYU, US
    Lars Hestbjerg Hansen University of Copenhagen, DK
    Laurent Philippot INRA, FR
    Maggie R. Wagner University of Kansas, US
    Marcel G.A. van der Heijden Utrecht University, NL
    Marnix Medema Wageningen University, NL
    Martin Parniske University of Munich, DE
    Mette Haubjerg Nicolaisen University of Copenhagen, DK
    Noah Fierer University of Colorado at Boulder, US
    Roeland L. Berendsen Utrecht University, NL
    Ruben Garrido-Oter Max Planck Institute, DE
    Simona Radutoiu Aarhus University, DK
    Siobhan Brady UC Davis, US

    Plant-microbe interactions for enhanced crop resilience

    Scientific Committee

    • Amy M. Grunden, North Carolina State University, US
    • Dugald Reid, Aarhus University, DK
    • Harro Bouwmeester, University of Amsterdam, NL
    • Jens Stougaard, Aarhus University, DK
    • Jos Raaijmakers, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, NL
    • Lars Hestbjerg Hansen, University of Copenhagen, DK
    • Mette Haubjerg Nicolaisen, University of Copenhagen, DK
    • Paul Schulze-Lefert, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, DE
    • Rosanna Catherine Hennessy, University of Copenhagen, DK


    The programme starts at 4:30 pm on Sunday, 13 November 2022 and ends Thursday, 17 November 2022 with checkout at 9:00 am.

    How to apply?

    If you wish to attend our conference, you will need to apply and submit an abstract* in our application system NORMA. If you have not used NORMA before, click REGISTER to create an account. You will then receive info on mail with which you can login to NORMA. When you have logged in, you can find the conference on the list of open calls under the name: CBC24: Plant-microbe Interactions.

    Please fill out applicant info and abstract.

    *If you are from industry or if, for another reason, it does not make sense for you to submit an abstract, you can submit a motivation instead. Our scientific committee will evaluate your relevance for the conference based on your motivation.

    Abstract submission:1 September 2022 (12:00 CET)

    Evaluation of incoming applications:Mid-September 2022

    Notifications to applicants:Start of October 2022

    SHORT TALKS:Some applicants will be invited to give a short talk during the conference based on their submitted abstract. Selected applicants will be notified in October 2022.

    Registration fee, accommodation and local costs for all approved applicants are covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Only travel expenses to and from the conference venue will be at your own expense.

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    Conference topics

    Conference topics

    Advances in Applied Plant Microbiome Research
    Chemistry of Plant Microbe Interactions
    Plant-Microbiome Inter-Kingdom Interactions
    Evolution and Ecology of Plant-microbe Communities
    Plant Microbiome Assembly & Dynamics
    Methods and Technologies for Plant-Microbiome Interrogation and Modeling
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