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The negotiated surveillance of parts and wholes: a symbioses-centered perspective on plant biology research

Lumbsch, Thorsten [1].

The negotiated surveillance of parts and wholes: a symbioses-centered perspective on plant biology research.

The central role of symbiotic interactions is increasingly recognized across the vast majority of life. Microbial symbionts are instrumental to ecological and long-term evolutionary success of their hosts; and fungal symbioses, including lichens and mycorrhiza, are commonly recognized as iconic examples of symbiotic systems. Relative to other symbiotic systems, lichens and mycorrhiza provide relatively simple models for understanding important patterns in species interactions and how they influence ecology and evolution. Recent advances in our ability to accurately recognize diversity in symbionts, efficiently obtain robust sample sizes (e.g., environmental sampling), and obtain detailed genomic data have all provided novel and profound insight into these exemplary fungal symbioses. In this symposium, we aim to highlight the role fungal symbioses play in increasing our understanding of how symbiotic interactions may drive ecological patterns and evolutionary histories. We will include a broad range of scientists (including students), working with diverse groups of fungal symbionts, to address important symbiosis-related questions. Using examples from fungal symbioses, we hope to provide impetus to shift towards a more symbioses-centered perspective in plant biology research.

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1 - The Field Museum, Integrative Research, 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605, USA

species interactions

Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Session: SY16
Location: Salon 4/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM
Number: SY16SUM
Abstract ID:43
Candidate for Awards:None

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