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Focused Meeting 2018: Microbiomes underpinning Agriculture

Event Time 8:30 AM
Venue Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork. Teagasc, Moorepark Research Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
Microorganisms play a fundamental role in agriculture and food production, representing a key and indispensable resource that underpins the agri-food sector. Microbiota in these systems perform an array of pivotal functions essential to system health, sustainability and productivity. This conference will focus on the diverse roles played by microorganisms in agricultural systems, and on exploring what microbiome research can offer to agriculture.

A particular emphasis will be placed on soil, plant and animal microbiomes, their interaction, and on cross-linking expertise across disciplines. An enhanced understanding of these microbiomes will provide opportunities towards managing agricultural systems in a manner that harnesses the natural power of microbes to provide solutions to global challenges of food security, resource limitation and climate change, and towards more efficient and sustainable food-production systems. This meeting will be of interest to academics, industry and government institutions.

The conference will incorporate a methods workshop that will enable integration of skills and sharing of best practice across technical aspects of microbiome research including sequencing and analysis/interpretation of data associated with complex microbial communities in agricultural systems. Leading experts in microbiome analysis will introduce novel technologies and give their perspectives on best practice in a series of invited talks and panel discussion. The methods workshop will be held at Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Moorepark in Fermoy, Co Cork. The conference will also include an optional tour of the genomic sequencing and microscopy facilities in Moorepark Research Centre.

This Focused Meeting will take place between 1-2 October 2018 at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Ireland. The methods workshop and optional site tour will be held on the afternoon of 2 October at Teagasc, Moorepark Research Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Organising committee: Fiona Brennan, Paul Cotter, Kaye Burgess, Sinead Waters, Ewen Mullins, Orla O’Sullivan and Fiona Crispie (Teagasc, Ireland).

Key topics:

  • Plant microbiomes underpinning agriculture
  • Soil microbiomes underpinning agriculture
  • Animal microbiomes underpinning agriculture
  • Methods for exploring microbiomes in agriculture