UC Davis hosting Nature Conference on Plant Microbiome

UC Davis will be hosting a Nature Conference occurring October 22-24, 2021, “Harnessing the Plant Microbiome”. The virtual conference will focus on how the plant microbiome holds great promise for expediting solutions to the grand challenges facing humanity, such as food security, food safety, and environmental sustainability. It also aims to foster interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations on the current and emerging themes in this exciting research area.

UCD Citizen Science Project on the Tomato Seed Microbiome

What do you get when you combine UC Davis alumni, tomato seeds, and citizen science?   That would be Project GASP (“Germ”-ination Alumni Science Project).  I didn't come up with the name, I swear.   This project, sponsored and paid for by the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis, is interested in looking at the heritability of the tomato seed microbiome.  There is a large body of research on the importance of the microbiome for the health and productivity of plants in agriculture.   There are whole companies dedicated to as