Plant Microbiome webinar

Join us to explore new research and innovation in plant and soil microbiomes that can help enhance sustainable crop production.

Event Details


09.30 - 11.15 GMT+1



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About the event

With the reduction in use of crop protection active ingredients, the rising costs of fertilisers, and the frequent reporting of negative impact of chemical products on biodiversity, microbiome-based product innovation has emerged as a complementary alternative for sustainable crop production.

During this event we will explore how to engage with the microbiome innovation community to discuss the important topics within the sector as well as share further details of the upcoming industry networking events and funding opportunities.

Event agenda

  • 9:30 – 9:40 Introduction to the Event – Pedro Carvalho, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Plants & Crops at Innovate UK Business Connect (Event chair).
  • 9:40 – 9:50 Microbiome Innovation Advisory Board (MIAB) – Dr. Andrew Morgan, Innovate UK Business Connect MIAB Chair and Professor in Practice at the University of Exeter.
  • 9:50 – 10:05 The Importance of Microbes for Sustainable Crop Production – Dr. Sharon Zytynska, BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool.
  • 10:05 – 10:20 Microbial Discovery Platform for biofungicides and biostimulants – Dr. Vijayalakshmi Gunasekaran, R&D Lead at FA Bio.
  • 10:20 – 10:35 Guided Biotics® for Crop Health & Nutrition – Dr. Jason Vincent, Chief Development Officer – AgTech at FOLIUM Science (Flourish is a FOLIUM Science business).
  • 10:35 – 10:50 Microbiome engineering via M genes Dr. Tomislav Cernava, Assoc Professor in Plant-Microbe Interactions at the University of Southampton.
  • 10:50 – 11:00 Questions & Answers – Gabriela Juárez Martínez, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Pharma & MedTech at Innovate UK Business Connect and Caroline Griffin, Knowledge Transfer Manager, AgriFood – Livestock and Aquaculture at Innovate UK Business Connect.
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Funding Opportunities and Close – Pedro Carvalho, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Plants & Crops at Innovate UK Business Connect (Event chair).

Who should attend?

The event is especially relevant to academics, industry scientists, entrepreneurs, supporting organisations and funders interested in:

  • Crop production
  • Plant and soil microbiomes
  • Microbiome innovation

Why attend this event?

This webinar is a great opportunity to learn from other areas in the sector and explore collaborations. Make sure to join us to:

  • Learn about recent research and innovation in the plant & soil microbiomes sector.
  • Hear from pioneering companies and researchers developing microbiome-based technologies.
  • Forge new connections for potential collaborations.

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