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Friends, Foes, and Phages in the Phyllosphere

(Orion C3030, 16.00h)


Britt Koskella

Assistant Professor

Department of integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (US)

The plant phyllosphere is an ideal system in which to examine the assembly, structure, and function of host-associated microbiomes. In this talk I will present our recent work exploring the role of the plant microbiome in shaping disease susceptibility, the impact that bacteriophages can have on these microbial communities, and the impact of phages on plant pathogens directly. I will discuss the importance of taking phages into account as we move forward in incorporating the microbiome into a more holistic view of organismal health.

Workshop (Orion C3040, 13.30h)

The (plant) microbiome: what we know we don’t know

Using the readings as a launching point, we will discuss the current open questions in the study of plant-associated microbiomes and outline the key areas where development and testing of new theory might be particularly informative. 

As preparation for the workshop please read the following:

Oyserman, B. O., Medema, M. H., & Raaijmakers, J. M. (2018). Road MAPs to engineer host microbiomes. Current opinion in microbiology, 43, 46-54.

Berg, M., & Koskella, B. (2018). Nutrient-and dose-dependent microbiome-mediated protection against a plant pathogen. Current Biology, 28(15), 2487-2492.

Optional: Morella, N. M., Gomez, A. L., Wang, G., Leung, M. S., & Koskella, B. (2018). The impact of bacteriophages on phyllosphere bacterial abundance and composition. Molecular ecology, 27(8), 2025-2038.


References available upon registration.

The workshop for those interested is organized from 13:30 to 15:00 in room C3040, Orion building. Registration is required (space limited to 15), email Mark Zwart.The workshop gives attendees the possibility to meet the speaker of the seminar and have a discussion based on recent publications. The workshops are a good possibility to get acquainted with hot topics in science and to learn how to discuss these topics with leading scientists in the field. Furthermore, BSc and MSc students can get 1 ECTS for attending 2 workshops. 


WEES background

WEES is an initiative of PhD students and postdocs at Wageningen University to organize a continuing series of stimulating seminars on contemporary topics in evolution and ecology. We aim to bring together different groups at Wageningen University using a variety of systems, but with a common interest in evolutionary and ecological questions. For this series we invite researchers from all over the world who have leading roles in their field. After the talk there will be drinks for an informal discussion. WEES is funded by graduate schools PE&RC, WIMEK, EPS, VLAG, and WIAS.

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