2018
London, United Kingdom

Day One
Wednesday 20th September, 2017

Day Two
Thursday 21st September, 2017


MORNING SESSION THEMES – DISCOVERY RESEARCH


08.00
Registration & Networking

08.30
Chair’s Opening Remarks

DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION – TAKING STRAINS FROM DISCOVERY TO THE FARMER’S FIELD

Synopsis

New and innovative strategies to enhance global crop productivity with microbial products will only be successful if a product can be scaled for mass production whilst maintaining quality and stability. The purpose of this theme will be to review current thinking around the use of microbial products in agriculture and address the greatest challenges hindering success.

08.45
CEO on a Tightrope: How to Simultaneously Manage Product Development and Commercialization Activities While Pursuing a Major Financing

Synopsis

  • Establishing a company from R&D to full integration
  • How to maximize product development & commercialization whilst continuing financing
  • Finding the sweet spot between product pipeline development for growers and maintaining a robust outreach program for the financial/business community

09.15
From Freezers to Farm: Advancing Biological Assets to Farmready IPM Solutions

Synopsis

  • Discovery Engine
  • Development Path
  • Knowledge-based Product Information

09.45
Plant-Microbiome Engineering to Influence Agricultural Practice

Synopsis

  • Alleviating a declining trend of productivity gains
  • Establishing R&D platforms for accurate microbial selection, analysis and refinement
  • Key metrics to consider when building a pipeline of products that increase productivity whilst decreasing farmer input costs

10.15
ON Technology: Groundbreaking Approach to Nutrient Management

Synopsis

  • Advanced techniques for the identification, characterization and fine-tuning of microbes
  • Optimizing nitrogen-fixing microbes in ways not previously realized in cereal crops
  • Practical solutions that meet real world challenges

10.45
Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking

11.45
Methylotrophs for Sustainable Agriculture

Synopsis

  • What are the direct and indirect interactions to be considered when addressing the relationship between methylotrophs and host plants?
  • Outlining an efficient and cost-effective cultivation of methylobacterium species
  • Looking at the role of methylotrophs as products for viable agriculture practices

12.15
Harnessing the Soil-Plant Microbiome to Improve Crop Productivity

Synopsis

  • Roles of soil microbial community in plant nutrition and crop productivity
  • Tools and strategies for designing a microbial consortium based product
  • Validation of microbial consortia based products through laboratory and field testing

NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING, BIOINFORMATIC AND METABOLOMIC APPLICATIONS – MOVING TO PRESCRIPTIVE SOLUTIONS

Synopsis

The recent explosion in cost-effective omic and bioinformatic technologies have allowed the industry to rapidly support the collection and understanding of complicated microbial data sets. The purpose of this theme will be to learn more about the role of next generation tools in aiding microbial discovery and supporting product development.

12.35
Leveraging Comparative Metagenomics of the Corn and Soy Microbiome to Develop Sustainable Agricultural Solutions

  • Zoe Mckiness Director, Trait Design and Sciences, Monsanto

Synopsis

  • The root-associated microbiome of a crop is one potential determinant of crop health
  • Robust inference about the functional capacity of the root microbiome is aided by a high-quality reference metagenome
  • Differences in metagenomic pathways between corn and soy highlight the potential for diverse microbial products

13.05
Executing Fast Track Field Trials: Using Natural Origins for Tolerance to Stress

  • Tom Snipes Chief Executive Officer, Plant Response Biotech

Synopsis

  • Building platforms to bring new candidates quickly into market
  • Important facility considerations required for wide-scale trial design and development
  • Creating consistent field trials that show increases in yield productivity

13.35
Lunch & Networking


AFTERNOON SESSION THEMES – PRODUCT DESIGN


14.35
Microbial Discovery and Development: Seed Treatment vs. Foliar Products

Synopsis

  • Learn about the attributes and benefits
  • Understand the challenges of good product design
  • Insights into novel R&D models that aid discovery and development

15.05
Microbial Solutions to Sustainable Productivity: Transitioning from Human to Plant

  • Lars Molbak R&D Manager, Plant Health, Chr. Hansen A/S

Synopsis

  • Utilizing 140 years’ expertise in microbial knowledge and food bacteria to develop microbial solutions for the plant health market
  • Building effective strategic alliances to create a broad portfolio of biological solutions
  • Expanding into new geographies and crop types with existing and new products

15.35
Refreshments & Networking

INFLUENCE OF THE CROP MICROBIOME IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

Synopsis

As the success of microbials is being demonstrated in Western communities, there is a huge opportunity to use microbials in developing communities and solve new problems affecting farmers. The purpose of this theme will be to review new microbe-based initiatives executed in developing communities whilst outlining opportunity for existing companies.

16.05
Exploring the Plant Microbiome: Beyond “Collecting Stamps”

Synopsis

  • Introduction into the plant microbiomes’ impact on plant growth, nutrition and tolerance to stress
  • The role of omic-technologies in providing in-depth understanding of diversity and function of the plant microbiome beyond ‘collecting stamps’ and identifying effective strains/consortia that can be developed into viable products

16.35
Using Technology to Liberate the Plant Microbiome in China

Synopsis

  • Developing biologicals to increase crop yield and protect the environment
  • Establishing an international portfolio in Ireland and China
  • Technology and Product Development for biostimulants and microbe identification for cadmium rice

17.05
Chair’s Closing Remarks

17.15
End of Conference Day 1