Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

7 - 11 July 2019

Author present on Tuesday

Author present on Monday

Tuesday July 9, 2019

Morning sessions

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

  Yakov Kuzyakov:  Microbial Hotspots & Hot Moments in the Rhizosphere

Poster pitches (9:30 - 10:00; Salon B & C)

Health break (10:00 - 10:30)

Parallel sessions (10:30 - 12:30)

7. Climate change, abiotic stress in the rhizosphere (Gallery A)

    Chairs: Louise Nelson

     10:30 - 11:00    Microbe-to-plant signals: A way to develop climate change resistant


                              D. Smith

     11:00 - 11:15    Developing a trait-based framework for predicting microbial response to

                              extreme climate events     

                              O. Nicolitch

     11:15 - 11:30    Pseudomonas sp. strains mrbp4 and mrbp13 isolated from maize

                              rhizosphere soil, extenuates drought stress in inoculated maize

                              (zea mays L.) plants

                              O.B. Ojuederie

     11:30 - 11:45    Response of the wheat microbiome to three years of rainfall manipulations

                              H. Azarbad

     11:45 - 12:00    The effect of strigolactones on the microbiome of rice

                               B. Kim

     12:00 - 12:15    The role of arbuscular mycorrhiza in adaptation to abiotic stress in wheat

                              S. Ravnskov

     12:15 - 12:30    Microbial community impacts plant performance based on drought history

                              J. Munoz-Ucros

8. Carbon dynamics in the rhizosphere (Gallery B)

    Chairs: Bobbi Helgason & Jemaneh Habtewold

     10:30 - 10:45    Hot or not? Effect of rhizosphere hotspots on total soil respiration

                              M. Holz

     10:45 - 11:00    Impact of root hairs and temperature on microbial carbon utilization and

                              energy production in the rhizosphere

                              X. Zhang

     11:00 - 11:15    Carbon and nitrogen cycling in the rhizospheres of different grassland


                              A. Leptin

     11:15 - 11:30    Coordination of soil microbes with root functional traits and implications for

                              soil respiration in riparian agroecosystems

                              K.A. Borden

     11:30 - 11:45    Monitoring spatial and temporal carbon dynamics in nodulated roots by

                              co-registration of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Positron Emission


                              R. Koller

     11:45 - 12:00    NanoSIMS: Opportunities to study carbon and nitrogen transformation

                              and cycling in plant-microbial-soil systems

                              X.H. He

9. Rhizosphere processes for sustainable agriculture (Gallery C)

    Chair: Melissa Arcand

     10:30 - 11:00    Functional rhizomicrobiome: Role of benign below-ground microbes in

                              modulating above-ground plant fitness and survival

                              H. Bais

     11:00 - 11:15    Does the genotype of wheat play a role in soil structural dynamics?

                              S. Schmidt

     11:15 - 11:30    Bacterial microbiomes and plant genotypes: what drives phenotypic

                              variation among canola lines?

                              S.D. Mamet

     11:30 - 11:45    Root-associated microbiome of maize genotypes with contrasting

                              phosphorus use efficiency

                              E.A. Gomes

     11:45 - 12:00   The rhizomicrobiome of Sorghum:  Impact on plant growth and stress


                              E.E. Kuramae

     12:00 - 12:15   Two distinct gene-coexpression networks, mycorrhizal module and

                              phosphate-starvation module, are independently regulated in the field

                              T. Ezawa

Technical session (10:30 - 11:20)

PreSens Precision Sensing GmbH

“Illuminate the root-soil interface: Non-invasive imaging of O2, pH and CO2 in soil science"

Lunch, Poster & exhibit viewing, and Campus tours (12:30 - 14:00)

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Afternoon sessions

Keynote address (14:00 - 15:00; Salon B & C)

  Etienne Yergeau:  Understanding and engineering the rhizosphere microbiome

Parallel sessions (15:15 - 16:45)

10. Climate change, abiotic stress in the rhizosphere (Gallery A)

    Chairs: Louise Nelson & Don Smith

     15:15 - 15:30    Disentangling the role of root traits in the rhizosphere communication

                              network and their response to climate change

                              A. Williams

     15:30 - 15:45    Responses of tree interactions to climate change and invasive species

                              J. Simon

     15:45 - 16:00    Fine root carbon exudation and morphology effects in different nitrogen

                              sources and air humidity treatments

                              M. Sell

     16:00 - 16:15    Rhizosphere legacy: amelioration of micro-biophysical properties of

                              compacted soil

                              B.S. Razavi

     16:15 - 16:30   Plasticity as the key ability of roots for adaptation to various types of water

                              stresses in rice plants

                              A. Yamauchi

     16:30 - 16:45    Role of root plasticity on response to soil compaction

                              J. Correa

11. Negative soil-plant-microbe interactions: Pests and pathogens (Gallery B)

    Chair: Lori Phillips

     15:15 - 15:30    Unraveling the mechanism behind plant and beneficial microbes

                              interaction leading to disease suppressione

                              K.H. Hooshmand

     15:30 - 15:45    Possible role of bacterial communities in modulating abundance of

                              common scab pathogen in rhizosphere and geocaulosphere of potatos

                              C. Goyer

     15:45 - 16:00    Root rot alters the structure of the pea root and rhizosphere microbiomes

                              Z. Hossain

     16:00 - 16:15    Developing beneficial rhizosphere interactions to suppress above ground

                              insect pests

                              A. Gaudin

     16:15 - 16:30   Soil community shaped by long-term organic amendments could alleviate

                              aboveground herbivory damage via enhancing rice plant tolerance and


                              M. Liu

     16:30 - 16:45    The potato common scab-inducing pathogen Streptomyces scabies

                              degrades suberin, a relcacitrant plant biopolymer

                              C. Beaulieu

12. Amendments and commercial inoculants (Gallery C)

    Chair: Anton Hartmann

     15:15 - 15:30    Salinity stress tolerance of ‘Meyer’ lemon trees improved by a consortium

                              of four arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Rhizophagus intraradices,

                              Funneliformis mosseae, Claroideoglomus etunicatum, Glomus


                              J. Racsko

     15:30 - 15:45    Urban agriculture with an emphasis on soil health, mycorrhizal fungi and

                              commercial mycorrhizal inoculants

                              M. Salomon

     15:45 - 16:00    Soil amendments affect mycorrhizal colonization, root nodulation and dry

                              matter accumulation in cowpea

                              I.M. Uzoh

     16:00 - 16:15    The induction of nitrate uptake in maize plants is counteracted by

                              Azospirillum brasilense inoculation

                              Y. Pii

     16:15 - 16:30   Protist introduction enhances plant growth  by reshaping the rhizosphere


                              N. Amacker

     16:30 - 16:45    Accumulation of mineral elements in the rhizosphere and chickpea leaves:

                              response to phosphorus and rhizobium inoculation

                              J.B. Ogola

Poster session, exhibits, and drinks (16:45 - 18:00)

Gala Dinner (19:00 - 23:30)

The conference Gala Dinner is in Centennial Hall at TCU place. The dinner will be followed by an introduction of the Student Travel Award recipients and entertainment from local jazz band Heidi Munroe & Soul Sensation.  

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