Course “Translational aspects of plant microbiome research”

Trieste, Italy
26 – 30 November 2018

Scientific Organisers

Vittorio Venturi (ICGEB Trieste, Italy)

Meeting Secretariat

ICGEB Meetings and Courses Unit
Tel: +39-040-3757333 
Fax: +39-040-226555
Email: [email protected] 

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Microbiome research has explosed recently and one question that needs to be addressed is how can this data and approach be used for practical solutions for a more sustainable agriculture.

The course will provide knowledge on the generation and analysis of plant microbiome data. Lectures will describe the pivotal role of plant-associated bacteria on plant health and productivity and the “state of the art” in this field, together with the description of different approaches to move from the laboratory data to practical applications in agriculture.


Most lectures will be under the following general topics:

  • The plant microbiome: structure and function
  • The plant microbiome and sustainable agriculture

The practical component will cover approaches and methodologies to plant microbiome studies, including:

  • DNA isolation
  • 16S amplicon library construction
  • OTU table analysis
  • Identification of beneficial versus pathogenic microorganisms



Scientists currently involved in R&D activities or studies related to plant microbiome and/or related applications.

Participation is subject to selection; 20 participants will be admitted to both the Practical and Theoretical components of the Course and a number of participants will be selected to attend only the Theoretical Sessions held in the mornings.

Selection will be based on applicants’ CV and potential benefit for their research; priority will be given to PhD or postdoctoral students.
Geographical and gender balance will also be considered.

Deadline for registrations: 28 June 2018 (midday Trieste time) – deadline extended

Registration Fees

Selected participants will be notified and will need to finalise their registration with payment of the relevant registration fee.

Complete Course: €200
Theoretical Sessions: €100

The registration fee includes:

  • coffee breaks
  • lunches and a get-together on the first day
  • certificate of attendance
  • access to the instruments for hands-on experience (for participants attending the complete Course)


Cancellations must be notified to the Course Secretariat in writing no later than 5 November 2018 (midday Trieste time) and will be subject to a handling fee of Euro 50.

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Meeting Location

AREA Science Park
Padriciano 99
34149 Trieste, ITALY
Tel: +39-040-37571
Fax: +39-040-226555
[email protected]