Monday, February 24
WORKSHOP A: 10:00 - 12:30pm
Defining Datapoints for Metagenomic & Microbial Classification to Set Industry Standards
Plant-soil microbiome research is currently hampered by the lack of industry standards for metagenomic and microbial classification. This lack of alignment is manifesting in contradictory results when investigations are replicated in different labs and geographies. As such, there is a need to harmonize the methods and standards used to make industry and academic research efforts more efficient
This workshop will give you the opportunity to understand:
- How and why there is a need for defining a sequence-based classification system for microbes
- The need for setting a common nomenclature for naming microbes
- What minimum information is required to be reported on a genome sequence or metagenome?
- How can these data be used to develop a better understanding of the phytobiome? How can we report soil characteristics and weather conditions in a standard way that will allow for more comparable results?
- How might a census of microbes and checklist of datapoints to be reported help in the adoption of common regulatory frameworks worldwide for agbiologics?
International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research & Eversole Associates
Virginia Tech University
WORKSHOP B 1:30-4:00pm
Understanding & Learning from Extension Programmes to Make Iterative Agbiological Product Improvements
It is inadequate to develop a product that works perfectly under controlled conditions but loses stability and effectiveness in the grower’s field. As such, engaging with the end users of agbiologicals i.e. the growers, throughout the product development cycle and particularly during product testing, is key for iterative product improvement
This workshop will provide an opportunity to:
- Learn about the impact of different agricultural soil management on microbial composition and consequent crop health and productivity
- Identify unmet needs of growers and evaluate how agbiologicals can be used as part of an integrated solution to manage crop disease and productivity
- Understand university extension and outreach programmes that effectively connect and work with stakeholders such as farmer cooperatives, industry, government agencies and crop producers
- Gain a better understanding of how you can improve your communication with growers or how to work with university extensions to test agbiologicals
Soil Health Institute
Regional Extension Educator & Professor
University of Minnesota