Dr. Gwyn Beattie helps launch Phytobiomes Roadmap in DC

March 7, 2016

Dr. Gwyn Beattie and the @PhytoBiomes team recently spent the week on Capitol Hill and around Washington DC promoting "a systems approach to agriculture in the 21st centruy". 



Launch of the Roadmap for Phytobiomes Research

A new approach for agriculture to achieve sustainable crop production   


25 February 2016 – Washington DC, USA

On 25 February 2016, a group of scientific societies, companies, research institutes, and governmental agencies launched the Phytobiomes Roadmap presenting a new vision for agriculture to increase health, productivity, and sustainability of our current cropping and forest systems.


The Roadmap outlines a strategic plan for acquiring critical knowledge of how all of the components on a farm interact and affect each other. These components – the crops, plants, microbes, animals, soils, and climate – are collectively called the phytobiome.


The document lays out an action plan to translate that knowledge into powerful new tools for crop management to produce a sufficient supply of food, feed and fiber to meet global needs in the future.


“The Phytobiomes Roadmap provides a vision of integrating the many diverse components of agroecosystems, including the environment, all of the macroorganisms, and the microorganisms, into a systems-level understanding” explains Gwyn Beattie, Professor & Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology at Iowa State University and co-leader of an initiative on phytobiomes.   

Read more of the press release at  Phytobiomes.org

Check out the Phytobiomes website to learn more and see how you can get involved!

ISU professor digs into research

Iowa state Daily article featuring Dr. Gwen Beattie and the Phytobiomes Project.