The Local Organizing Committee announce the XVI Symposium on Biological Nitrogen Fixation with Non-Legumes, in a joint venture with the IV LatinAmerican Workshop of PGPR in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 26th August to 1st September, 2018. This meeting will cover a wide range of disciplines, including evolution, ecology, genomics, biochemistry, physiology, crop production and engineering, and novel uses of the theme Microorganism in agriculture - dizotrophs PGPR for a better plant growth. It will comprise plenary talks by international experts, as well as oral and poster presentations chosen from submitted abstracts.

Foz do Iguaçu is one of the most visited places in South America, and divides three countries - Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. There is a natural waterfall linked to the biggest dawn that provides energy for these countries. The city is known internationally by Iguaçu Falls, one of the winners of the contest that choose the seven Wonders of Nature, and the Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant, the second largest in the world in size and first in generation of energy. In addition, Foz do Iguaçu possess more than 170 hotels and structure for events that is elected one of the best places for scientific events linked to natural beauty in Brazil.

Previous meetings

The BNF-Non-legume Symposia have a long tradition since the 1980s. In the years 2008 and 2012, the 11th and the 13th BNF-NL-symposia were already organized successfully as satellite meetings of the ENFCs in Ghent and Munich, respectively. The 14th BNF-NL-Symposium was organized by our chinese colleagues as satellite to the Asian Congress of Plant-Microbe Interaction in Cheng-Du, in October 2014. In 2016 it was a satellite meeting linked to the European BNF conference.

On the other hand, the LatinAmerican Workshop of PGPR is a recent meeting, based on the initiative of research and application of Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR). This topic have grown worldwide to the point that the 1st regional meeting was initiated in 2009 by the asian PGPR Workshop. The 1st meeting in America was organized in Medellin, Colombia. In 2014, it was organized in La Falda, Argentina, and in 2016 it was done in Pucon, Chile. 


Global agriculture faces major challenges in meeting the growing demand for food production using natural resources in a sustainable way. Therefore, research that promotes advances in the knowledge of interactions between microorganisms and plants and the development of products to aid the plant nutrition of plant become indispensable in the agro ecosystem. In this context, we present the XIX RELARE - Meeting of the Network Laboratory for Recommendation, Standardization and Diffusion of Microbial Inoculants Technology for Agricultural Interest.

RELARE was created in the early 1980s with representatives from research institutions, inoculant industries and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil (or Ministério de Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento - MAPA, in portuguese). The role of RELARE is historic and decisive for the establishment of legislation on microbial inoculants in the country, as well as the protocols contained in normative instructions for inoculants. 

The XIX RELARE will be held on August 30th and 31st, 2018, in Foz do Iguaçu, with the objective of bringing together researchers, producers and importers of microbial inoculants of agricultural interest in Brazil.

Suggestions about themes to be discussed during the events and information about possible involvement should be sent by e-mail to, or before December, 2017.