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Monday, June 17
Time Activity Speaker Location
17:00-19:00 Welcome reception & registration   Marble Hall



Tuesday, June 18
Time Activity Speaker Location
08:00 - 09:00 Registration   Marble Hall
09:00 - 09:15 Opening Harro Bouwmeester Queen Máxima Hall
Session 1: Plant-microbiome interactions for sustainable agriculture
Chaired by: Pieter van 't Hof & Rodrigo Mendes
09:15 - 09:45 Invited talk: Microbiome engineering for a sustainable agriculture Marcel van der Heijden Queen Máxima Hall
09:45 - 10:15 Invited talk: Natural and Agricultural Laboratories: Microbiome Applications and Fundamental Knowledge Antonio León Reyes
10:15 - 10:35 Towards defining the recruitment and ecological function of Bacteroidota in the plant microbiome Ian Lidbury
10:35 - 11:05 ~ BREAK ~ Marble Hall
11:05 - 11:35 Invited talk: Plant Responsiveness to Microbiota Feedbacks Klaus Schläppi Queen Máxima Hall
11:35 - 11:55 Synthetic microbial communities for disease suppression in hydroponic systems Stephen A. Rolfe
11:55 - 12:15 A walk on the wild side: exploring the functional potential of Andean soil microbiomes to enhance tolerance of potato to late blight disease Dario X. Ramirez-Villacis
12:15 - 13:30 ~ LUNCH ~ Marble Hall
Session 2: Plant-microbiome communication and assembly
Chaired by: Lemeng Dong & Tim Mauchline
13:30 - 14:00 Invited talk: Rhizosphere immunity and its precision enhancement  Zhong Wei Queen Máxima Hall
14:00 - 14.20 Seed aging affects seedling development and the microbiome of Brassica napus

Nina Bziuk

14:20 - 14:40 Bacterial gene clusters for the catabolism of plant specialized metabolites are crucial for plant-microbe interactions Akifumi Sugiyama
14:40 - 15:20 ~ BREAK ~ Marble Hall
15:20 - 15:50 Invited talk: Towards an understanding of root microbiome assembly in model plants and crops: findings from studies using complex bacterial communities Simona Radutoiu Queen Máxima Hall
15:50 - 16:10 Identification of specialized root exudates associated with microbiome assembly of wild and domesticated tomato Jié Hu
16:10 - 18:30 Poster Session   Maurits Room



Wednesday, June 19
Session 3: Technological advances and translation
Chaired by: Jos Raaijmakers & Roeland Berendsen 
Time Activity Speaker Location
09:00 - 09:30 Invited Talk: Deciphering the chemical language of plant-microbiome interactions Marnix Medema Queen Máxima Hall
09:30 - 10:00 Invited Talk: Intra-bacteria competition determines plant-beneficial potential of SynComs Kathrin Wippel
10:00 - 10:20 bacLIFE: a user-friendly computational workflow for genome analysis and prediction of lifestyle-associated genes in bacteri Guillermo Guerrero-Egido
10:20 - 10:40 Gamification of microbiome research dissemination: a video game and the “Microbiome & Health” MOOC Matthias Schweitzer
10:40 - 11:10 ~ BREAK ~ Marble Hall
11:10 - 11:40 Invited talk: Microdialysis as a tool to study plant microbial interactions Sandra Jämtgård Queen Máxima Hall
11:40 - 12:00 Seed tuber microbiome is a predictor of next-season potato vigor Yang Song
12:00 - 13:00 ~ LUNCH ~ Marble Hall
13:00 - 14:30 Early career market with invited speakers and industry   Downing Street
14:30 - 18:30 Excursion: Amsterdam boat tour by Amsterdam Boat Experience   Docks in front of Pillows Hotel
18:30 - 21:00 Conference Dinner at restaurant Pllek   Pllek (T.T. Neveritaweg 59)



Thursday, June 20
Session 4: Transfer to and importance of the plant microbiome for other organisms
Chaired by: Karen Kloth & Vasilis Kokoris
Time Activity Speaker Location
09:00 - 09:30 Invited Talk: The edible microbiome: tracking the food-gut axis Gabrielle Berg Queen Máxima Hall
09:30 - 10:00 Invited Talk: Plant to gut microbiome crosstalks: implications for human health Hilde Herrema
10:00 - 10:20 Plant peptides as new eco-chemicals: an innovative approach to boost a healthy microbiome Valeria Castaldi
10:20 - 10:40 Designing efficient synthetic microbial communities for enhanced survival  and efficacy in mitigating biotic stress in agriculture Rashi Tyagi
10:40 - 11:10 ~ BREAK ~ Marble Hall
11:10 - 11:40 Invited talk: Expansion of herbivory, constriction to a host plant: a symbiont's work Ana Simao Pinto de Carvalho Queen Máxima Hall
11:40 - 12:00 Crop diversification through intercropping shapes within-field soil bacterial community variation Joliese Teunissen
12:00 - 12:20 Plant-driven assembly of a soilborne phyllosphere disease-suppressive microbiome Jelle Spooren
12:20 - 13:30 ~ LUNCH ~ Marble Hall
Session 5: Plant Microbial Community Ecology
Chaired by: Marcel Dicke & James Weedon
13:30 - 14:00 Invited talk: The genomic architecture of adaptation in nitrogen fixing symbionts Joel Sachs Queen Máxima Hall
14:00 - 14:20 The root microbiome as a hotspot for horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to fungi  Arpan Kumar Basak
14:20 - 14:40 Beyond defense: Glucosinolate structural diversity shapes recruitment of a metabolic network of leaf-associated bacteria Kerstin Unger
14:40 - 15:20 ~ BREAK ~ Marble Hall
15:20 - 15:50 Invited talk: Deciphering plant-rhizosphere interactions within a community framework Sharon E. Zytynska Queen Máxima Hall
15:50-16:10 Genome-scale metabolic networks predict rhizosphere microbiome suppressiveness against soil-borne pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum Tianjie Yang
16:10-16:30 Lessons from the wild: deciphering phyllosphere microbiome assembly and functions of wild green foxtail for designing synthetic communities Xiaoyu Zai
16:30-18:30 Poster session    Maurits Room
18:30-21:00 Royal Tropical Dinner   KIT



Friday, June 21
Session 6: Microbiome-mediated effects on plant physiology and stress tolerance
Chaired by: Rumyana Karlova & Paolina Garbeva
Time Activity Speaker Location
9:00 - 09:30 Invited talk: Harnessing the power of deserts to make plants resistant to salt, heat and drought stress Heribert Hirt Queen Máxima Hall
09:30 - 10:00 Invited talk: Microbial legacies drive plant health Roeland L. Berendsen
10:00-10:20 Exploring Microbial Interaction for Plant Drought Resilience in Phaseolus vulgaris L. Thierry A. Pellegrinetti
10:20-10:40 Pseudomonas volatiles increase drought resilience through important  transcriptional changes and by modifying the rhizosphere microbiome composition Zulema Carracedo Lorenzo
10:40 - 11:10 ~ BREAK ~ Marble Hall
11:10 - 11:40 Invited talk: When in drought: causes and consequences of Streptomyces enrichment in plant roots during drought Connor Fitzpatrick Queen Máxima Hall
11:40 - 12:00 Aboveground JA- and SA-pathways induce stress-specific root microbiome responses in Brassica oleracea Marcela Aragón
12:00 - 12:20 Identifying disease-suppressive microbial consortia by dilution-to-extinction Jiayi Jing
12:20 - 12:40 Closing statements and final remarks Jos Raaijmakers & Harro Bouwmeester