8:25 am Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:30 am Panel Discussion: Assessing the Value Proposition of AgBiologicals in the Next 5 Years


  • Discussing the status of this field, firstly from a scientific perspective and secondly, from a product development perspective
  • Plotting the road to success: what is our end goal, what are the applications of the industry’s R&D efforts, and what hurdles must be overcome to get there?
  • Analyzing the most promising hot pockets of innovation opportunity in product development

Striving for Sustainable Farming

9:15 am Unlocking The Soil Environment for Next-Gen Biologics Solutions


  • Uncovering a cutting edge, science driven platform that provides comprehensive insights into soil environment
  • Unlocking the application for product development, validation and marketing
  • Highlighting cases for agronomy and sustainability value propositions
  • Showcasing the state of the art Innovation Center facility and its capabilities

9:45 am Delving into the Microbiome’s Role in Regenerative Farming


  • Discussing the importance of maintaining soil complexity
  • Optimizing consortia for soil health
  • Understanding the marketability of regenerative ag

10:15 am Maximizing Discovery Platform Potential


  • Looking at single strain to microbial community understanding
  • Surprising Discoveries: pre-field
  • Addressing the rationale for consortia: unlocking the full potential of the microbiome

10:45 am Structured Networking Session

11:00 am Morning Break & Networking


Master Biocontrol to Upregulate Crop Growth

11:25 am Harnessing Bioherbicide Capabilities to Minimize Weed Invasion:


  • Getting to the heart of the discovery story
  • Analyzing greenhouse

11:55 am Fungicides & the Fight Against Biotic Stress


  • Understanding the microbial discovery process
  • Looking at pre-field development of fungicides
  • Moving forward

12:25 pm Translating a Biological Product from Lab to Field & Commercialization of a Bioproduct


  • Looking at microbe discovery
  • Analyzing pre-field success & failures
  • Moving forward: Future projects & testing


Transitioning from Good Greenhouse Data to Great Field Data

11:25 am Greenhouse to Field


  • Maintaining product quality
  • Streamlining the fermentation process
  • Considering formulation for application

11:55 am Harnessing Soil Microbes for More Efficient Nitrogen Use & Retention in Agroecosystems

  • Lisa Tiemann Associate Professor , Michigan State University


  • Reducing nitrogen losses with interseeded cover crops to elevate soil health
  • Reducing or replacing chemical nitrogen inputs though optimization of free-living N-fixation

12:25 pm Pipeline for BioFungicide Development – Specialty Crops


  • Addressing the challenges in specialty crop production
  • Mapping the journey – discovery to development to market
  • Metagenomic analyses for strain discovery

12:55 pm Lunch & Networking

Leveraging Technology in Microbial Discovery & Deployment

1:40 pm The Discovery and Production of Bioactive Small Molecule Compounds: Streamlining a Complicated and Time Intensive Process

  • David Mead PhD, CEO & Founder, Varigen Biosciences


  • Displaying a new set of tools for sequence-specific capture and heterologous expression of bioactive compounds
  • Applying these tools to produce new biopesticides active against oomycete and fungal soil pathogens

1:50 pm Case Study: Fast-Track Your Pipeline Using Discovery Platforms


  • Discovering the basis for biostimulant development
  • Streamlining discovery to field trial validation
  • Looking ahead to 2023

2:20 pm The Value Proposition of Soil Analysis


  • Enabling grower recommendations
  • Informing microbial performance in R&D
  • Maximizing microbiome comprehension

2:50 pm Engineering Better Microbes for Ag


  • Leading the transformation of ag microbial products
  • Nitrogen fixation case study
  • World-class R&D and assets partnering program

Translating your Bioproduct into Something Marketable

1:40 pm Optimized Continuous Drying for Microbiome Applications


  • One of the main issues concerning the formulation of API is the reduced efficacy after processing and during storage.
  • To enhance their long-term stability and deliver them easily, a dried form is desirable. To dry, several processes can be used: well-known like freeze drying and spray drying or innovative electrostatic spray drying. These methods however, can induce thermal stress, dehydration, shear stress, and oxidative stress.
  • In response to these challenges, we evaluate electrostatic spray drying in continuous low temperatures compared to spray drier in different microbiome applications to evaluate advantages of this process.

1:50 pm Case Study: Striding from Discovery to Development to Market


  • Optimizing Formulation and Shelf-life
  • Considering Cost of Goods and Equipment
  • Partner Relationship with Distribution Channels

2:20 pm The Gigaton Challenge: The Microbiome & Carbon

  • Fernando Derossi Global Head of Ag- Technology UPL, Sustainable Solutions & Services


  • Rationalizing the Carbon Capture focus
  • Relating carbon capture to microbial studies
  • Carbon Market – looking at challenges with measuring carbon

2:50 pm Therapeutic Industry Perspective: Time to Follow Suit


  • Deciphering what we learned from ‘Bug to Drug’
  • Addressing why molecular understanding is essential
  • Leveraging molecular landscape to make microbial recommendations

A Systems Approach: Microbial Consortia

3:20 pm Afternoon Break & Networking

3:40 pm Case Study: Microbe Dependent Heterosis in Maize


  • Understanding what heterosis means for your crop
  • Basis for Microbe community influence on heterosis

4:10 pm Accelerating Microbial Development with Data Platforms


  • Rationale for Consortia Studies
  • Dynamic Data Visualization & Refinement
  • From Lab Discovery to Predictive Modelling

4:40 pm Scaling up Production of Microbial Consortia


  • Considering Microbial Interactions
  • Analyzing One-Container efficiency

5:10 pm Interactive Discussion Groups


This session facilitates in-depth discussions among participants in an informal environment. After splitting into groups, participants will discuss key challenges and opportunities around their chosen topic:

  • Microbials and Carbon Capture – Understanding Carbon Credits, Elizabeth Rieke, Executive Director, Phytobiomes Alliance
  • Driving Quality in Microbial Product Development, Nathan Cude, Senior Scientist, Novozymes
  • Scaling-Up Patrick Doyle, Vice President Product Development & Regulatory, Plant Health Care Inc

5:40 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks