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2021 EMSL User Meeting
October 4 - 7, 2021


The 2021 EMSL User Meeting—Environmental Sensors was held October 4-7, 2021.

This 4-day meeting encompasses the following topics: 

  • Plant Biosensors: Discovering molecular dynamics of plant responses to environmental changes
  • Rhizosphere Sensors: Decoding plant-microbe communication
  • Microbial Sensors: Monitoring nitrogen, carbon, and water cycling in soil
  • Detecting biological traits across scales
  • Emerging Technologies: Development and implementation

Attendees included international researchers from academia, industry, and government research laboratories. The EMSL User Meeting is open to EMSL users and non-users alike. 

2021 EMSL User Meeting: Day One

The first day of 2021 EMSL User Meeting included: Session 1: Plant Biosensors - Discovering molecular dynamics of plant responses to environmental changes, chaired by Amir Ahkami.

2021 EMSL Integration Meeting Introduction and Welcome

Monitoring plant health with near infrared fluorescent nanosensors

Quantifying photosynthetic functional traits across chloroplast, leaf, and canopy scales with chlorophyll fluorescence

Automatic Detection and Characterization of Fine Roots in Minirhizotron Imagery with Machine Learning

Tutorial: How to write and submit a successful user proposal

2021 EMSL User Meeting: Day Two

The second day of the 2021 EMSL User Meeting included: Session 2 - Rhizosphere sensors, decoding plant-microbe communication, chaired by Chemist Jim Moran.

Interkingdom communication and its connection to glucose sensing, development and enzyme production

A belowground stable isotope soil gas probing method for resolving controls on nitrogen use efficiency of a sorghum bioenergy crop

Synthetic biology advances in environmental sciences: biosensors for soil sciences

Engineering a gas-producing biosensor to monitor bioavailable nitrate in soil

Exploring the chemistry of rhizosphere microbiomes using fabricated ecosystems

Tutorial: Decoding rhizosphere dynamics using molecular and imaging approaches

Effect of drought on soil microbial metabolisms driving carbon allocation and volatile organic compound cycling in the tropical rainforest at Biospher

2021 EMSL User Meeting: Day Three

The third day of the 2021 EMSL User Meeting included: Detecting biological traits across scales. The session was chaired by EMSL biologist Pubudu Handakumbura.

Crop stress monitoring technologies in Digital Ag Era

The Fate of the Terrestrial Biosphere

Open-source hardware as a game-changer for experimental soil and environmental scientists

National Microbiome Data Collaborative

2021 EMSL User Meeting: Day Four

The fourth day of the 2021 EMSL User Meeting included sessions on the development and implementation of emerging technologies. Sessions were chaired by EMSL data scientist Allison Thompson.

Integrating measurements and modeling to advance understanding and forecasting of soil organic matter dynamics at scale

Overview of NEON’s Airborne Observation Platform for Ecosystem Mapping

Imaging Trace Elements in Soils and Plants with X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy

Development of Dualwavelength Three-dimensional Wave-bundle Resonance Sensing (DTWRS) Spectrometry

3D Molecular cartography of the sorghum rhizosphere

Utilizing DPPC liposomes to capture PCBs, an emerging class of environmental pollutants

Characterizing the localization of organic C on mineral surfaces: a correlative microscopy/spectroscopy approach

Molecular analysis of microbial hotspots in rhizosphere using correlative chemical imaging analysis

KBase: integrating multiomics data for sharing, analysis and modeling