Agricultural Microbiomes Research Coordination Network:
Microbiomes have significant impacts on agricultural productivity, and are considered the ‘new frontier’ for achieving sustainable production of sufficient food, feed, and fiber to meet the projected global population of 9 billion by 2050. Advancement of agricultural microbiomes understanding requires a global and interdisciplinary collaborative effort. The goal of the Agricultural Microbiomes Research Coordination Network (RCN) is to establish an international network of agricultural microbiome researchers to facilitate and advance coordinated synthetic, collaborative, and integrative scientific studies of agricultural plant and soil microbiomes. The Agricultural Microbiome RCN is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Ag Microbiomes Paper of the Week
Using the Arabidopsis thaliana model and mutants exhbiting dysbiosis, Chen et. al. are able to deduce a genetic network involved in microbiome regulation.
Chen, T., Nomura, K., Wang, X. et al. A plant genetic network for preventing dysbiosis in the phyllosphere. Nature 580, 653–657 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2185-0