Phyllosphere 2022

The Organizing and Scientific Committees for the Phyllosphere 2021 conference (originally planned for July 25-29, 2021) have been closely monitoring updates on the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the ongoing rollout of vaccines. We want to inform you that the decision has been made to reschedule the conference to next year, July 17-21, 2022, at the original venue in Davis, California, USA. We regret the inconvenience that comes with this decision to (again) postpone the meeting. Our highest priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our conference participants. We thank you for your understanding. The website ( has been updated to reflect the new name (Phyllosphere 2022) and dates for the conference. Updates on registration, abstract submission, speaker schedule, housing, social program, and more will be posted online later this year. Click here to download a save-the-date flyer for Phyllosphere 2022.

For questions about the meeting, contact phyllosphere2022 at

Phyllosphere Fortnight 2021

For those who can’t wait until 2022 to get together with other phyllosphere enthusiasts, there is some exciting news: we are organizing a virtual (i.e. remote) event consisting of five 90-min sessions of talks and discussions spread over a period of two weeks in July 2021, to bring together from around the world members of the phyllosphere research community to share results and ideas. We call it Phyllosphere Fortnight 2021! Click here to download a save-the-dates flyer for this event.

Details on how to be part of this event will be posted on, but please already mark your calendars with the following days and times (all times are Pacific Time Zone*).

Session 1: Friday July 16, 2021, 6:30-8 AM (Pacific Time Zone*)
Session 2: Monday July 19, 2021, noon-1:30 PM (Pacific Time Zone *)
Session 3: Thursday July 22, 2021, 6:30-8 AM (Pacific Time Zone *),
Session 4: Sunday July 25, 2021, 5-6:30 PM (Pacific Time Zone *)
Session 5: Wednesday July 28, 2021, noon-1:30 PM (Pacific Time Zone *)

*Convert to your local time using an online time zone converter such as this one.

Fans of the Phyllosphere

Are you a Fan of the Phyllosphere? Will this be your first Phyllosphere meeting, or have you attended one (or more) before? Let us know!

Andrea Ottesen

Food and Drug Administration, College Park MD

“I am quite sure that the 9th International Symposium of the Microbial Ecology of Aerial Plant Surfaces (2010) was the most magical meeting of my career!
I was a freshly graduated PhD (new post doc) – and this meeting was my first opportunity to meet all the “superstars” who had steered me through my PhD with their elegant phyllosphere literature!
I was like a screaming fan at an Elvis concert (on the inside) – on the outside – I was  probably trying to appear very academic and serious! Meeting my rockstars; Drs. Brandl, Lindow, Beattie, Morris, Lambais, Vorholdt, Mahaffee, Suslow, Knief, Leveau… in the Oregon countryside was one of the most momentous and special moments of my academic career.
Thanks Phyllosphere – Phytobiome Superstars! Keep on Keepin on!”

Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe
Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

“I attended my first International Phyllosphere Symposium in 2015 at the half-way mark of my PhD in microbial ecology. It was the most wonderful meeting I ever attended in terms of quality of the presentations, welcoming atmosphere, and scientific interactions with established researchers. It had long-lasting positive consequences on my career. I am delighted to be going back this year in Davis!”

Mitja Remus-Emsermann
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

“In 2007, I started my PhD in Phyllosphere microbial ecology. 12 years later I do not regret this decision one bit. Our community is warm, welcoming and supportive and our science is cutting edge. Both Phyllosphere symposia I have attended so far were among the best scientific meetings I have been at. I am looking forward join the symposium in the beautiful and laid-back Davis, California.”

Britt Koskella
University of California, Berkeley

“As a relative newcomer into the Phyllosphere field in 2015, I was thrilled to hear about the diverse array of research being done on this important but understudied environment. The community was incredibly welcoming, and the science presented ranged from really exciting fundamental research to novel application within agriculture and beyond. I would highly recommend the meeting to newbies and long-standing phyllosphere researchers alike.”

Nadav Kashtan
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

“As a newcomer who recently joined the phyllosphere research community –  I’m truly excited to participate in this one of a kind meeting! See you there.”

Are you a Fan of the Phyllosphere? Will this be your first Phyllosphere meeting, or have you attended one (or more) before? Let us know!