Aboveground-belowground interactions: technologies and new approaches

The Biochemical Society, the Society for Experimental Biology and the British Ecological Society are delighted to announce their second joint scientific conference.

This collaborative event is an exciting opportunity to bring together scientists from different disciplines, who work at a range of scales, to address the challenges of understanding complex trophic interactions between organisms above– and belowground. The conference offers a distinctive mix of presentations, from scientists who lead in the development and application of specific technology platforms to eminent researchers in the field of aboveground–belowground research.

The conference aims to identify the specific skills that biochemists, molecular biologists, physiologists and ecologists can bring to cross-disciplinary research in this area, thus creating new opportunities for collaboration in above-belowground research. The conference will introduce examples where cross-discipline and across-scale research has successfully examined the mechanistic basis of multi-trophic interactions, and will aim to identify the potential for applying such approaches to above–belowground systems, which are traditionally more intractable. The following three key questions will be addressed:

• What are the major challenges in above–belowground research?
• What tools and approaches can be adopted from different disciplines to address these challenges?
• How can high-throughput tools aid integration across disciplines and scales to facilitate a unified approach to studies of above–belowground systems?

The conference will be of particular interest to technology users and developers who are interested in applying their skills to address research questions at the whole organism and ecosystem scales, as well as to above–belowground researchers aiming to exploit new technologies in their research. A key focus of the event will be to assist postgraduate and early career researchers in their field of study.
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Alison Bennett (The James Hutton Institute, UK)
Alison Karley (The James Hutton Institute, UK)
Scott Johnson (The James Hutton Institute, UK; University of Western Sydney, Australia)
Tim Daniell (The James Hutton Institute, UK)

Alex Dumbrell (University of Essex, UK)
Garret Suen (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Next-generation data mining: characterizing microbial communities associated with leaf-cutter ant colonies
Julia Ferrari (University of York, UK)
Marcel Dicke (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
Aboveground-belowground interactions of plants with microbes and insects: from mechanisms to ecology
Mirka Macel (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
Nicole van Dam (Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Multiple stress management in plants: interactions between aboveground and belowground herbivore-induced responses
Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)
Richard Bardgett (Lancaster University, UK)
Ted Turlings (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Thure Hauser (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Interactions between the crucifer Barbarea vulgaris, flea beetles (Phyllotreta nemorum), white rust (Albugo candida), and others: a multidisciplinary quest

8 Oct - 10 Oct 2012
United Kingdom
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