Plant Microbiota
Research Network

… is a research community among scientists
working on and/or interested in plant-microbiota interactions.

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Plant microbiota research is a multi-disciplinary research area. In the real world, multiple plant individuals interact with millions of soil- and air-borne microbes, and they all share an ecological niche. Besides plants and microbes interacting with each other, plants interact with plants and microbes interact with microbes. Every combination of organisms interacts with each other, which together dictates the overall nature of the ecosystem.


Our goal is to understand the plant-microbiota interactions at the molecular, agricultural, and ecological levels. We want to comprehensively understand plant-microbiota interactions at the molecular level, predict the interaction given the environmental conditions, and manipulate/regulate the interactions to provide a solution for sustainable agricultural practices.


Toward this end, we need plant and microbial geneticists, cell biologists, microbiologists, plant and microbial breeders (both from academia and industry), soil scientists, organic chemists, molecular and theoretical ecologists, computational scientists, statisticians, and more, and we provide an opportunity for all academic and industrial scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitals, and policy makers to gather around and discuss the science behind plant-microbiota interactions — what we know, what we can and can’t, and what we want to be able to — and facilitate the inter-disciplinary collaborations to boost our efforts.



What we provide to this end…

We organize annual online symposia in late August. Everyone who is working on and/or interested in plant-microbiota interactions from any point of view is welcome to join. We normally have an oral session, where we invite researchers to give a talk (30-40 min each), along with a poster session, where we call for poster submission from all participants.

Research areas in scope are unlimited, as long as there is a chance to discuss your research having the plant microbiota in mind — basically anything.

For instance…

  • Plant pathology
  • Plant physiology
  • Plant ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Microbial ecology
  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Plant-plant interactions
  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Microbe-microbe interactions
  • Computational biology
  • … and more

Past PMRN Events