We welcome suggestions and feedback from members! Workshops will be held to identify and prioritize key questions and the resources or infrastructure (human or technological) needed to meet the target. Whitepapers will be used as fodder for discussions to assess and garner the interest of advocacy partners, policy-makers, funding agencies, and private entities. In other words, PPB will be enthusiastically recruiting partners and resources for the Phytobiomes Initiative.
PPB is keenly aware that a community of scientists with the capacity to develop and use information on phytobiomes will be needed. We invite APS members to help us determine what training is needed for the workforce and how that training will be provided.
Although PPB will focus its primary effort on the Phytobiomes Initiative for the next few years, discrete targets to enable us to achieve the 2025 phytobiomes vision will need to be identified for development into an advocacy plan over the coming months. In addition, there may be other components within or beyond plant pathology or the science of plant-associated microorganisms that will be crucial to meeting the broader goal of doubling agricultural production by 2050. We invite you to participate in identifying both the specific targets within the Phytobiomes Initiative as well as providing your expertise and insights into the broader goal of doubling production by 2050.