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 the Swiss Federal Research Institute, Agroscope Reckenholz Tänikon, Research Station ART, 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.
Development Coordinator, New Phytologist
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.
The symposium will take place over three days at the Swiss Federal Research Institute, Agroscope Reckenholz Tänikon, Research Station ART. There will be dedicated time for discussions, posters, selected poster talks and a conference dinner.
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