March 26, 2018

2018 AAAS Session (Austin, TX)

Advancing Health and Environmental Science through Standardized Laboratory Microbial Ecosystems
2018 AAAS Annual Meeting, Feb 17, 2018

Recent scientific advances in microbiology, metabolomics and genomics have enhanced our understanding of the importance of microbial communities in agriculture, human medicine, and global nutrient cycling. One major challenge in the field of microbiome research is lab-to-lab reproducibility. A standardized laboratory microbial ecosystem (for example, EcoFAB) can be used to establish a platform for analysis of model plant-microbe interactions systems.

During the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting, Trent Northen of Berkeley Lab, Karsten Zengler of UC San Diego, and Kirsten Hofmockel of Pacific Northwest National Lab hosted a scientific session to discuss the use of lab based microbial ecosystems in studies on model microbiomes. Speakers for the “Advancing Health and Environmental Science through Standardized Laboratory Microbial Ecosystems” session included Jo Handelsman (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Rob Knight (University of California, San Diego), and Susannah Tringe (Joint Genome Institute/US Dept. of Energy)

The session was held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Austin Convention Center in Room 17B.

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