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5th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes

American Society for Microbiology

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will host the 5th ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes from September 27-30, 2014 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

The 5th Conference in the successful ASM series on Beneficial Microbes communicates the latest research on the microorganisms that underpin the health and fitness of animals, including humans, plants and other hosts. The conference brings together researchers from multiple scientific disciplines, to catalyze new synthesis and shape future research. Conference themes include host-microbe and among-microbe interactions in associations of different complexity, the directionality of interactions ("from correlation to causation"), immune system function from functional and evolutionary perspectives, spatiotemporal dynamics of microbial populations, and routes for translation to therapeutic benefits in medicine and veterinary science. The Organizing Committee particularly encouraged the participation of postdocs and students.

Topics of interest include:

  • Gut Microbiota and the Behavior of Mammals
  • Plant Commensal Bacteria Packaged Within Seeds
  • Talks By Martin Blasier and Rob Knight

A full copy of the program can be found online at

Meeting registration is offered complimentary to reporters covering the event and the ASM will offer limited press room facilities. The Press Room will be located in the Chairman's Room. ASM Communications Staff will be onsite prior to the opening talks and again Sunday and Monday morning. Reporters arriving outside of those hours should contact Registration and ask for Lisa Nalker.

Reporters wishing to obtain press registration to the meeting should contact Garth Hogan of the ASM Office of Communications at


The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

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