Plants associated bacteria play a key role in host productivity and health. These bacteria are phylogenetically diverse and form interactions considered neutral, beneficial or detrimental. A better understanding of these interactions will have a direct impact in agriculture by promoting sustainable practices. Researchers are currently hard at work studying the bacteria associated with one agriculturally important plant: Grapevines that produce the varietal Merlot. Participants will discuss their current findings.
Iratxe Zarraonaindia, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, chicago, IL, United States
Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, United States