The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Plant Biology Symposium

Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes

Event details


June 19, 2018 08:00 AM to 

June 22, 2018 12:00 PM


Life Sciences Building, University Park, PA, USA 

A phytobiome is a system of plants, animals (insects and nematodes) and a wide diversity of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, amoeba, and algae). These organisms are influenced by the non-living components of their environment, such as soil and climate. The complex components of these systems greatly influence various plant functional traits such as plant health, productivity, and response to pathogens, pests and environmental stresses. Understanding the composition, dynamics, traits and interactions among individual constituents of these diverse systems requires basic and applied research efforts and innovative approaches by interdisciplinary teams with diverse expertise. This symposium serves as a platform to catalyze new interactions and exchange of ideas in the areas of basic and applied phytobiome research.


 Approximately 20 plenary lectures will be presented by worldwide leaders. Up to 10 abstracts will be selected for short talk presentations. The symposium also includes workshops. There will be ample opportunities for networking and social interactions. Postdoctoral researchers and students are particularly encouraged to attend. Up to ten travel awards will be given to selected registrants presenting posters. 


To submit an abstract for a poster for consideration, you must first register for the symposium. You will receive an email with a link to submit the abstract. See Abstracts for details of preparing your abstract. To be considered for a short talk, check the appropriate box on the abstract submission form.


Scheduled program

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Important dates

Date Deadline
May 4, 2018

Deadline for registration and abstract submission to be considered for a short talk

Deadline for registration, abstract submission, and online application to be considered for a travel award

May 4, 2018 Deadline for abstract submission to be included in print program
May 18, 2018 Deadline for early bird reduced registration fees
June 4, 2018 Final deadline for poster abstract submission (not included in print program)

Registration fees

Registrant Register on or before April 6 Register on or after April 7
Professional $275 $325
Postdoctorate $225 $275
Graduate Student $175 $225
Undergraduate Student $150 $175



Travel awards

The symposium is offering 10 travel awards of up to $500 each, plus registration fee waiver, for postdoc, graduate and undergraduate students who will be presenting a research poster at the program. Individuals for under-represented groups are encouraged to apply for travel awards.


In order to apply for a travel award you must first register and then submit a poster abstract. Be sure to upload your poster abstract and complete the travel award questions. Travel award applications are due on or before May 4, 2018. Notifications will be made approximately May 11, 2018.


Registration and additional information

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