Networks of Power and Influence: ecology and evolution of symbioses between plants and mycorrhizal fungi

Welcome and invitation


On behalf of the New Phytologist Trust and symposium organisers I am pleased to invite you to participate in a symposium entitled ‘Networks of Power and Influence: ecology and evolution of symbioses associations between plants and mycorrhizal fungi’ to be held at Agroscope, Zurich, Switzerland, 14–16 May 2014. Full details about the meeting are below and on the linked pages, however if you have any questions please do contact us by email: New Phytologist Symposia on twitter @NewPhyt (official symposium hashtag is #33NPS) or on Facebook.


We look forward to welcoming you in Zurich.

Michael Panagopulos
Development Coordinator, New Phytologist



Symposium scope

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.


Symposium format

The symposium will take place over three days at Agroscope in Zurich, Switzerland. There will be dedicated time for discussions, posters, selected poster talks and a conference dinner.



Please feel free to download, use, print, and/or distribute the official 33rd New Phytologist Symposium promotional material:

33rd NPS Flyer (pdf)

33rd NPS Poster (pdf)

33rd NPS slide (ppt)

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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 (, 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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