Plants mediate communication between below- and above-ground associated communities. For example, root symbionts or herbivores may influence the communities of microbes and herbivores associated with the leaves, and vice versa. Such interactions may also affect pollinators, or even higher trophic levels such as natural enemies of aboveground herbivores.
The main goal of the workshop is to integrate different approaches, ranging from molecular genetics and “omics” analytical tools to ecology and agricultural practice, that are used to study plant-mediated interactions between above- and belowground associated microbe and insect communities.
The workshop will serve as a platform for lively interdisciplinary discussions and the establishment of new collaborations. We strongly encourage PhD students and postdocs to attend the meeting, as it will be an excellent platform for networking and for informal discussions with experts in the field as well as with industrial partners.
Please view the abstract book of the meeting here.