International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, Italy

Vittorio Venturi (graduated from Edinburgh University, UK in 1988, and received his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1994. During his PhD research he focused in the regulation of iron-transport processes of beneficial plant associated bacteria which promote plant growth; the monopolization of iron nearby plant roots is an important trait which keeps microbial pathogens away. He then moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy, where he started investigating intercellular signaling among bacteria. He then went on to become Group Leader at ICGEB in 1998 continuing his studies on intercellular signaling. He is now particularly interested in (i) how plant associated bacteria undergo interspecies communication and interkingdom signaling with plants and (ii) plant microbiomes and the development of microbial products for a more sustainable agriculture. Since October 2019 he is also acting as the Scientific Coordinator of ICGEB.

Day 2 – Session 4: Phytobiomes Engineering

Plenary Lecture: Communication among microbes in the Phytobiome