Networks of Power and Influence: ecology and evolution of symbioses between plants and mycorrhizal fungi
A meeting report entitled 'Mycorrhizas: dynamic and complex networks of power and influence' written by Franz Bender, Rafael Valadares and Adrien Taudiere was published in issue 204:1 of New Phytologist and can be read for free here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.12991/full.
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Poster prize winners
Many congratulations to the winner of the New Phytologist poster prize:
Tania Wyss, P101, ‘Genetic diversity in coding regions within a population of Rhizophagus irregularis.’
Congratulations also to the three equal runner-up prize winners:
Lena Neuenkamp, P23, ‘Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: key to successful grassland restoration?’
Tessa Camenzind, P36, ‘Nitrogen and phosphorus additions impact arbuscular mycorrhizal abundance and molecular diversity in a tropical montane forest’
Katie Field, P57, ‘Mutualistic symbiosis between basal land plants and Endogone: new insights into the evolution of arbuscular mycorrhiza’
The following students and early career post-docs were awarded New Phytologist Symposium grants:
|Carlos Aguilar-Trigueros||Freie Universität Berlin, Germany|
|Mohammad Bahram||Tartu University, Estonia|
|Andrea Berruti||National Research Council, Italy|
|Synnøve Botnen||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Isabel Ceballos||Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Columbia|
|Maíra de Freitas Pereira||INRA Nancy, France|
|Cristhian Fernandez||Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Columbia|
|Ivan Fernandez Lopez||Utrecht University, the Netherlands|
|Katie Field||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Nina Gerlach||University of Cologne, Germany|
|Nicole Hynson||University of Hawaii, USA|
|Wei-Han Lim||University of Western Australia, Australia|
|Laura Martínez-Garcia||Algoma University, Canada|
|Stephen Muddimer||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Suzanne Orchard||University of Western Australia, Australia|
|Nadia Soudzilovskaia||University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
|Elisa Taschen||Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France|
|Adrien Taudiere||Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France|
|Rafael Valadares||University of São Paulo, Brazil|
|Graham Zemunik||University of Western Australia, Australia|
Mycorrhizal fungi form symbiotic associations with the majority of plants and play a key role in almost all ecosystems. Major gaps in our understanding of the symbiosis between plants and mycorrhizal fungi have been addressed in recent years, but at the same time there are still several pressing questions to be resolved. These include: (1) Which traits can be used to characterize functional diversity in mycorrhizas and is it possible to link functional diversity to ecosystem functioning? (2) How are mycorrhizal networks organized, how do they function and how do plants interact with multiple partners and symbionts? (3) How are fluxes of carbon and nutrients between partners regulated and how are signals exchanged? (4) What is the role of mycorrhizas in soil food webs and what controls the dynamics of mycorrhizal fungal populations in space and time? (5) What is the mycorrhizal contribution to the sustainability of ecosystems and can mycorrhizal fungi be used for sustainable plant production? New tools and concepts are required to answer these questions.
In this symposium, we will bring together a wide range of scientists from different disciplines working on mycorrhizal fungi and plant-microbe interactions. We aim to provide an overview of the advances in mycorrhizal ecology in the last decade. In addition to this, specific talks will highlight new research areas and address the big questions for future research.
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New Phytologist call for Papers: Ecology and Evolution of Mycorrhizas
We are very pleased to announce that we are opening a call for papers for a Special Feature Issue of New Phytologist on the Ecology and Evolution of Mycorrhizas.
The deadline for submissions is June 30th 2014. To register your interest in submitting a manuscript for this Feature Issue please send an email to the Managing Editor, Sarah Lennon (firstname.lastname@example.org), indicating the tentative title of your work and the type of manuscript you wish to submit. We are happy to receive submissions from all, and you do not need to be a symposium delegate to submit a paper for consideration.
Author guidelines can be found here, and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Managing Editor at the address above.
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