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miCROPe 2019 – emerging research priorities towards microbe-assisted crop production

Hohmann, Pierre; Schlaeppi, Klaus and Sessitsch, Angela (2020) miCROPe 2019 – emerging research priorities towards microbe-assisted crop production. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 96, pp. 1-7.

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The miCROPe 2019 symposium, which took place from 2 to 5 December 2019 in Vienna, Austria, has unified researchers and industry from around the world to discuss opportunities, challenges and needs of microbe-assisted crop production. There is broad consensus that microorganisms—with their abilities to alleviate biotic and abiotic stresses and to improve plant nutrition—offer countless opportunities to enhance plant productivity and to ameliorate agricultural sustainability.
However, microbe-assisted cultivation approaches face challenges that need to be addressed before a breakthrough of such technologies can be expected. Following up on the miCROPe symposium and a linked satellite workshop on breeding for beneficial plant–microbe interactions, we carved out research priorities towards successful implementation of microbiome knowledge for modern agriculture. These include (i) to solve context dependency for microbial inoculation approaches and (ii) to identify the genetic determinants to allow breeding for beneficial plant–microbiome interactions. With the combination of emerging third generation sequencing technologies and new causal research approaches, we now stand at the crossroad of utilising microbe-assisted crop production as a reliable and sustainable agronomic practice.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:plant–microbiome interactions, microbial inoculation, plant genetics, plant breeding, GxExM, biocontrol, FiBL2006403, Abacus
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation:Austria > Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Switzerland > Agroscope
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Seeds and breeding > Plant breeding
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Arable crops > Legumes
Switzerland > University of Basel
Switzerland > University of Bern
European Union > Horizon 2020 > SolACE
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Liveseed
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727230
Deposited By: Hohmann, Dr. Pierre
ID Code:38447
Deposited On:29 Sep 2020 12:55
Last Modified:31 Jan 2021 11:36
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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