An Industry-Academic Collaborative Initiative

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The Phytobiomes Alliance is an international, nonprofit alliance of industry, academic, and governmental partners. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the United States.

The Alliance facilitates and coordinates international efforts toward expanding phytobiomes research consistent with the Phytobiomes Roadmap that was released in February 2016.

Vision

All farmers have the ability to use predictive and prescriptive analytics to choose the best combination of crop/variety, management practices, and inputs for a specific field in a given year taking into consideration all physical (climate, soil…) and biological conditions (microbes, pests, disease, weeds, animals….).

Mission

The mission of the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research is to establish a science and technology foundation for site-specific, phytobiome-based enhancement of the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber.

In establishing the foundation, the Alliance supports research efforts that:

  1. explore the individual components and their interactions of agriculturally important phytobiomes,
  2. integrate phytobiome system-based knowledge, resources, and tools,
  3. promote a systems level approach to production,
  4. optimize phytobiome-based site-appropriate solutions,
  5. apply phytobiome-based solutions in next generation precision agriculture to sustain enhanced food, feed, and fiber production worldwide, and
  6. educate and engage scientists and society.

Structure

The Phytobiomes Alliance consists of a Board of Directors, a Leadership Team, a Scientific Coordinating Committee and Working Groups.

  • The Board of Directors establishes the broad vision and scope and management. It comprises up to 15 directors.
  • The Leadership Team is in charge of the daily management of the Phytobiomes Alliance
  • The Scientific Coordinating Committee consists of (1) leaders of various Alliance supported projects and working groups; and (2) Alliance organizational financial sponsors. Members of the scientific coordinating committee will identify the Phytobiomes Alliance’s priorities and develop the strategies for achieving the vision.
  • Working groups’ primary function are to lead and coordinate various aspects within disciplines and technologies and to represent these disciplines at the broader Phytobiomes Alliance level. Working groups are led by members of the scientific coordinating committee.

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