Plant microbe interactions - Joining plants and microbes for enhanced crop performance

While microbes have long been recognised for their potential role as pathogens, reducing yield and quality and hampering plant development, their potentially beneficial functions have only started to gain full attention. They have been shown to contribute to nutrient acquisition, increase drought tolerance and improve disease resistance. Recent developments in molecular biology, in particular high throughput sequencing, enable us now not only to look at individual plant – microbe interactions but to study the plant microbiome as a whole. Plant breeding of the future may not only have to focus on the selection of plant genotypes, but also to take into account associated microorganisms.

Chair: Roland Kölliker - Thursday 1.09.2016, 13.45 - 15.30

German Spangenberg, DEPI Victoria, Australia

Systems biology and molecular breeding of grass-endophyte symbiota


Submitted oral presentations:

Friederike Trognitz, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

Genotype-specific seed microbiota of different wheat accessions and their functional characteristics

Iva Cholakova, Hasselt University, Belgium

Plant-growth promoting and drought tolerance traits of bacteria isolated from highly drought resistant Pistacia terebinthus: a comparison between spring and autumn isolated communities

Pierre Hohmann, Res. Inst. of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland

Breeding for symbioses – Mycorrhizae as a case study

Maryam Zarean, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran

Epichloe endophyte increases seed set in tall fescue through self-pollination