2018 SACNAS Special Session

Diversifying the Agricultural Microbiomes Research Community:  Challenges and Opportunities

Our first Special Session will be held during the annual SACNAS Conference in San Antonio, TX.

 As a result of this session, participants will:

-Gain exposure to a broad range of agricultural research topics and innovative approaches to identify and study plant and soil beneficial microbiomes.

-Interact with a diverse group of scientists, and clarify misconceptions about careers in agricultural research and academia, with the potential of establishing new collaborative and mentoring relationships.

- Learn about ways to participate and engage in the Agricultural Microbiome Research Community, as well as funding opportunities through different NSF programs. 

Special session program: (Friday, October 12th 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in room 301 B)

- JP Dundore-Arias (University of Minnesota): Building a Diverse Agricultural Microbiomes Research Community

 - Diane Okamuro (National Science Foundation): Funding Opportunities at the National Science Foundation:  Did You Know…..

 - Adan Colon-Carmona (UMass-Boston): Modulating Rhizosphere Bacterial Communities in Arabidopsis thaliana

 - Soledad Benitez Ponce (Ohio State University): Effect of Land Management Practices on Soil Microbiomes and Plant Health

 - Elizabeth Pierson (Texas A&M University): Root-associated Microbial Communities and their Function in Plant Stress Tolerance