Phyllosphere Microbiology Meeting

Steven Lindow icelab at
Thu Jun 24 11:10:17 EST 1999

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce an upcoming meeting in phyllosphere
microbiology. The 7th International Symposium on the Microbiology of the

Aerial Plant Surfaces will be held in Berkeley, California, from August
3-8 2000. The conference center, located in the foothills of Berkeley,
is an inexpensive yet pleasant setting for formal meetings and informal
discussion. The conference site is also close to many interesting
cultural and natural attractions in the San Francisco area and elsewhere

in California. Hopefully, this interdisciplinary meeting will be of
interest to you; please contact us as indicated below if you would like
to be notified of further announcements.

For more complete information and  pre-registration form, please visit
us at


This international conference will address the ecological role of the
diverse microbiota of aerial plant surfaces, a microbiota which can
include plant, animal, and even human pathogens, as well as
microorganisms important in ecosystem processes. Basic aspects of
microbial ecology such as gene exchange, habitat modification, and
interactions of microbes with the hosts on which they live are often
best examined in this system. An understanding of the interactions that
occur among phyllosphere microbes and between these microbes and their
host plants is essential for the development of rational strategies to
manipulate these communities in ways that are beneficial to agriculture
and other managed ecosystems. This conference will bring together
researchers from the plant and the microbial side and will include the
areas of plant pathology, mycology, bacteriology, aerobiology,
micro-meteorology, biological control, plant physiology, biochemistry,
anatomy, and microbial and plant molecular biology. The scientific
program will include invited speakers, posters, and oral presentations
to be chosen from submitted abstracts as well as round-table discussions

to stimulate interactions. At least partial support to enable graduate
students and others who would otherwise be unable to attend should be

A web site with conference details and registration information is
available on line at or contact Steven
Lindow, University of California, Department of Plant and Microbial
Biology, 111 Koshland Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3102. Phone:
510/642-4174, Fax: 510/642-4995, Email icelab at


• Session I : Leaf surface habitat description and visualizing organisms

  in situ

        Dr. T. Whitham  (Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff)
        The leaf as an Island Resource

        Dr Gwyn Beattie  (Iowa State University)
        Leaf surface waxes and the process of colonization of leaves by

        Dr. George Sundin  (Texas A&M University)
        Ultraviolet radiation on leaves: its influence on microbial
        communites and their adaptations

        Dr. Wendy Mechaber  (University of Arizona)
        Mapping uncharted territory: Nanoscale leaf surface topography

        Dr. John Andrews  (University of Wisconsin)
        Adhesion of yeasts to plant surfaces

 • Session II : Description of leaf surface communities: autecology and

        Dr. Robert McLean  (SW Texas State University)
        The adaptive significance of microbial biofilms

        Dr. Cindy Morris  (INRA, Avignon, France)
        Microbial biofilms on leaf surfaces

        Dr. Oliver Pruvost  (Phytopathologie, Reunion, France)
        Population structure of Xanthomonads with endophytic and
        epiphytic phases

        Dr. Mark Bailey  (Oxford University)
        Population dynamics, gene exchange and gene expression of
        bacteria in the phyllosphere

        Dr. Hey Leung  (International Rice Research Institute)
        Population genetics of Xanthomonas oryzae on rice

        Dr. R. Belanger  (University of Laval, Quebec, Canada)
        Ecological process occurring in leaf surface fungi

 • Session III : Microbial interactions on the leaf surface

        Dr. Chris Upper  (University of Wisconsin)
        Significance of insects as vectors of bacteria to the leaf

        Dr. Susan Hirano  (University of Wisconsin)
        Relationship between bacterial genes determining virulence and
        epiphytic fitness

        Dr. Martin Romantschuk  (University of Helsinki)
        Adhesion to leaves as an epiphytic fitness determinant

        Dr. Charles Manceau  (INRA, Angers, France)
        Endophytic vs epiphytic colonization of plants - what comes

        Dr. Steffan Kjelleberg  (Univ. of New South Wales, Australia)
        Interference with quorum sensing of bacterial colonists of

        Dr. J. C. Polacco  (University of Missouri)
        Methylobacterium endophytes in plants

 • Session IV : Biocontrol, biotechnology and applied microbiology

        Dr. Virginia Stockwell  (Oregon State University)
        Microbiology of deciduous fruit flowers and the biological
        control of disease

        Dr. Trevor Suslow  (University of California - Davis)
        Colonization of plants by human pathogens - approaches to food

 • Session V : Modelling, theory and quantification in phyllosphere

        Dr. Linda Kinkel  (University of Minnesota)
        Modelling interactions between phylloplane microorganisms

        Dr. Don Aylor  (Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station)
        Aerobiology of fungi in relation to capture and release by

        Dr. John Zak  (Texas Tech - Lubbock)
        Implications of a leaf surface habitat for fungal community
        structure and function

Steven Lindow
University of California - Berkeley
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
111 Koshland Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3102.
Phone: 510/642-4174
Fax: 510/642-4995
Email: icelab at

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