Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

7 - 11 July 2019

Thursday July 11, 2019

Morning sessions

Keynote address (8:30 - 9:30; Salon B & C)

  Michelle Watt:  Rhizosphere dynamics and interventions to increase crop productivity

Health break (9:30 - 10:00)

Parallel sessions (10:00 - 12:00)

21. Mutualisms and symbionts (Gallery A)

    Chairs: Louise Nelson & Miranda Hart

     10:00 - 10:30   The fate of fungal biofertilizers – where do they go, and how do they get


                              M. Hart

     10:30 - 10:45    Establishment and functionality of arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in

                              the root rhizosphere     

                              H. Bucking

     10:45 - 11:00    Microbial community composition and succession in the hyphosphere of

                              an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus

                              B.D. Emmett

     11:00 - 11:15    Effect of darksidea species on bouteloua gracilis: an overview of the

                              mutualism-parasitism continuum

                              M.J. Romero-Jimenez

     11:15 - 11:30    Bidirectional nutrient fluxes in tripartite interactions of Medicago truncatula

                              are controlled by plant nutrient demand

                               K.R. Cope

     11:30 - 11:45    Towards the effective breeding and development of improved microbial

                              inocula for better cassava yields in Africa

                              M. Thuita

     11:45 - 12:00    The battle between elite rhizobial inoculants and rabble of residents

                              affecting field pea nitrogen nutrition

                              C. Daulagala

22. Rhizosphere Processes and Interactions (Gallery B)

    Chairs: Bobbi Helgason & Navid Bazghaleh

     10:00 - 10:15    Wheat rhizosphere microbial biomass, composition and enzyme activities

                              in response to glyphosate in the Canadian prairies

                              N.W. Lupwayi

     10:15 - 10:30    Micro-hydrological niches in soils: how mucilage and EPS alter the

                              biophysical properties of the rhizosphere and other biological hot spots

                              P. Benard

     10:30 - 10:45    Root symbionts and soil successional stage influence plant-soil feedback

                              effects on vegetation succession

                              K. McMahen

     10:45 - 11:00    The design and function of the rhizosheath

                              S. Rabbi

     11:00 - 11:15    Hunting for elite Rhizobium strains to maximize biological N fixation by

                              white clover

                              S. Shi

     11:15 - 11:30    Know  your neighbour: How neighbour roots dilute soil-borne fungal

                              disease amongst susceptible hosts

                              E.A. Ampt

     11:30 - 11:45    Biotic versus abiotic drivers: disentangling key factors shaping

                              rhizosphere phosphorus speciation along a climate gradient

                              S. Spielvogel

     11:45 - 12:00    Active food web components in grassland rhizosphere networks during

                              nature restoration

                              E. Morrien

23. Rhizosphere of Cropping Systems (Gallery C)  

    Chairs: Kari Dunfield & Micaela Tosi

     10:00 - 10:15    Organic management strengthens interkingdom relationships in the soil

                              and rhizosphere of barley

                              E. Kuramae

     10:15 - 10:30    The rhizosphere microbiome: how biodiversity and plant breeding can

                              shape functional traits in response to biotic/abiotic stresses

                              S.M. Tsai

     10:30 - 10:45    Nitrogen complementarity utilization, biological N2 fixation of soybean and

                              peanuts and N transfer to associated maize in intercropping under field


                              L. Li

     10:45 - 11:00    Crop diversification positively alters the intensity of soil-plant interactions

                              in intensive agrosystems

                              S. Mira

     11:00 - 11:15   Long-term farming practices shape the rhizosphere microbiota and plant


                              D. Babin

     11:15 - 11:30    Funtional root trait based classification of cover crops to support

                              sustainable agriculture

                              C. Hudek

     11:30 - 11:45    Engineering root/rhizosphere processes for improving nutrient-use

                              efficiency and yield in Chinese intensive maize-cropping systems

                              J.B. Shen

     11:45 - 12:00    High maize density alleviates the inhibitory effect of mineral N on

                              nodulation of intercropped pea

                              C. Zhao

Closing ceremony (12:15 - 13:30)

Student Presentation Awards

Rhizosphere 6 Announcement

Campus tours (14:00 - 15:00)

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Tour Includes:

·   Round trip transportation from TCU Place

·   Admission to Prairie Lily Cruise

·   One-hour cruise along the scenic South

    Saskatchewan River

·   Beverages and snacks are available for purchase

Prairie Lily Riverboat Cruise (16:00 - 17:00)

(prior registration required)

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