Symposium Plant-soil feedbacks

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International Symposium

Plant-soil feedback
Linkages between root traits and soil biota

Thursday 7 March 2019

Room C0222, Forum Building, Wageningen Campus

Scope

In this one-day symposium, we will present and discuss the emerging knowledge on the role of root traits as drivers of plant-soil feedbacks. Specifically, we will address how morphological, chemical, and physiological root traits affect key functional groups of soil biota, including mutualists (mycorrhizae, N-fixers), pathogens (microbes, nematodes), and litter decomposers. Root traits are increasingly being measured in plant-soil feedback studies, but the predictability of how root traits affect key groups of soil biota and, hence, how root traits could mechanistically explain the strength and direction of plant-soil feedbacks remains low. Are we measuring the right traits? What are the biologically and ecologically most relevant traits? Traits important for one group of soil biota may not be important for other groups.

Programme
09:00 - 09:30 Registration of attendance & Coffee / Tea  
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome word and introduction to the day - Linkages between root traits and soil biota: the unknowns and unknowns
Paul Kardol, Associate Professor @ Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
 
10:00 - 10:30 Soil abiotic properties set the scene for the interactions of plants with soil microbial communities
Marina Semchenko, Research Fellow @ Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Lab, The University of Manchester
Highlight will follow soon.
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea break  
11:00 - 11:30 Integrating root decomposition into the framework of plant-soil feedbacks
Ciska Veen, Junior group leader @ Department of Terrestrial Ecology @ Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Highlight will follow soon.
11:30 - 12:00 Climate change goes underground: Mechanisms through which plant roots modify drought effects below ground
Franciska de Vries, Professor Professor of Earth Surface Science @ Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam
Highlight will follow soon.
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch in the Restaurant of the venue  
13:30 - 14:00 Can plant-soil feedback be predicted from plant functional group, phylogenetic relatedness or plant (root) traits?
Gerlinde De Deyn, Personal Professor in Soil Ecology @ Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University & Research
Highlight will follow soon.
14:00 - 14:30 Belowground insect herbivory modifies the plant-litter feedback pathway, while aboveground insect herbivory does not
Jon De Long, Postdoctoral Researcher @ Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Highlight will follow soon.
14:30 - 15:00 Temporal changes of chemical root traits explain plant-soil-feedback effects
Katja Steinauer, Postdoctoral Researcher @ Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Highlight will follow soon.
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee / Tea break  
15:30 - 16:00 Root trait effects on soil microbes in the sub-arctic tundra
Clydecia Spitzer, PhD researcher @ Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Highlight will follow soon.
16:00 - 16:30 Lost in diversity: the interactions between soil-borne fungi, biodiversity and plant productivity
Liesje Mommer, Personal Professor in Plant Ecology @ Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University & Research
Highlight will follow soon.
16:30 - 17:00 Synthesis and closing remarks
Martijn Bezemer, Senior researcher @ Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Insititute of Ecology / Professor in Ecology of Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions @ Institute of Biology, Leiden University
Paul Kardol, Associate Professor @ Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
 
~ 17:00 Drinks at the venue  

 

General information
Target Group This symposium is open for all, and aimed at people interested in plant-soil feedbacks.
Event duration 1 day
Number of credits 0.3 ECTS
Location Room C0222, Forum Building, Droevendaalsesteeg 2, Wageningen, Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands

 

Fees 1

This symposium is free of charge, but registration is necessary. Participation in the symposium includes all coffee/tea breaks, a lunch, and the drinks at the end of the day.

PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 1 week prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 25,- will be charged.
Organisation

This symposium is organised by Prof. Martijn Bezemer (NIOO-KNAW / Leiden University), and Prof. Paul Kardol (SLU), under the auspices of the Graduate School PE&RC. The symposium is financially supported by the KNAW Visiting Professors Programme, awarded to Prof. Paul Kardol, by the NWO VIDI project awarded to Prof. Martijn Bezemer, by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), and by the Graduate School PE&RC.

More information

Prof. Martijn Bezemer (NIOO-KNAW / Leiden University)
Email: m.bezemer@nioo.knaw.nl

Prof. Paul Kardol (SLU)
Email: paul.kardol@slu.se

Dr Lennart Suselbeek (Graduate School PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl

Registration

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