Phyllosphere Microbiology

Phyllosphere Microbiology is a subject matter committee of The American Phytopathological Society (APS). It focuses on microbes associated with aerial tissues of plants, which may include leaves, flowers, and fruits. Goals of the committee are to increase awareness of the biology and ecology of aerial plant-associated microbes and to foster communication among those interested in the microbiology of the phyllosphere. Traditional focus in this field has been on microorganisms that cause foliar diseases or that can be used as biocontrol agents to prevent such diseases. Recent innovations in technology have broadened this focus by revealing that pathogens and their antagonists are part of a much larger, complex, and diverse community of microorganisms, the so-called phyllosphere microbiota. Another development of importance is the continuing concern about contamination of leafy greens with human pathogens. This has opened the discipline to nontraditional phyllosphere microbiologists, which is a trend that the committee welcomes and perceives as a confirmation of the highly cross-disciplinary character and composition of the phyllosphere research community. The committee continues to explore different channels through which to share the excitement and importance of phyllosphere microbiology with professionals and the general public and to highlight the unique nature of above-ground plant tissues as a microbial habitat as well as the interactions among plant-associated microbes and with their plant hosts, which impact plant and human health.

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Prem KandelThe Pennsylvania State UniversityChair8/11/20228/16/2023PD249195
Heng-An LinTexas A&M University, Department of Soil and Crop SciencesVice Co-Chair8/11/20228/16/2023PD241527
Marcus Vinicius MerfaThe Ohio State UniversityVice Co-Chair8/11/20228/16/2023PD247096
Nicole M. DonofrioUniversity of DelawareCouncil Liaison - Ex Officio8/11/20228/1/2025M153053
Sanjay Antony-BabuTexas A&M UniversityMember7/27/20217/31/2024M239387
Mohammad ArifUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaMember8/10/20228/1/2025M241691
Gwyn A. BeattieIowa State UniversityMember8/6/20208/1/2023M039032
Maria Soledad Benitez PonceThe Ohio State UniversityMember8/2/20217/31/2024M193186
Danielle BowmanDelaware Valley UniversityMember8/8/20228/1/2025PD276253
Hanareia Ehau-TaumaunuPlant and Food ResearchMember6/28/20208/1/2023ST245846
Mirian Filgueira PimentelBASFMember7/27/20217/31/2024PD247570
Shabda GAJBHIYEUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMember11/2/20217/31/2024ST272922
Soumya K. GhoshThe Ohio State UniversityMember7/20/20208/1/2023ST263850
Diego Ernesto Gutierrez CastilloColorado State UniversityMember4/13/20218/1/2023ST271801
Kevin HockettPennsylvania State UniversityMember8/13/20208/1/2023M218217
Daowen HuoUniversity of Wisonsin-MadisonMember8/2/20217/31/2024ST262535
Jonathan M. JacobsThe Ohio State UniversityMember8/11/20208/1/2023M201316
Sabin KhanalTexas A&M AgriLife Research CenterMember7/27/20217/31/2024ST242450
Roshni R. KharadiMichigan State UniversityMember8/16/20228/1/2025PD231140
Brett Robert LaneUniversity of MinnesotaMember3/23/20227/31/2024PD231401