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Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session at the 
ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting in Victoria, Canada - 10‐15, June 2018.

*Session 65: Relevance of Host-microbe Interactions in Aquatic Ecosystem 
Functioning**
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Beneficial host-microbe interactions are ubiquitous in nature. The 
microbial partners primarily act as facilitators of niche adaptation, 
and are a powerful driving force of speciation and evolution. Thanks to 
their expanded metabolic repertoire, host-microbe interactions can drive 
flows of energy and matter within their ecosystems, importantly 
contributing to nutrients cycling. Huge progress has been made in our 
understanding of host-microbe interactions thanks to the use of 
molecular tools. However, their relevance in ecology, physiology and 
evolution of aquatic organisms has only recently gained widespread 
recognition, and the major challenge remains to understand how such 
interactions contribute to the functioning of their ecosystems. In many 
host-microbe mutualisms, a single host harbors complex microbial 
communities, with a core and a flexible pool of different microbes 
representing a broad spectrum of potential contributions. It is 
inherently challenging to study such a multi-layered microbiota due to 
its enormous diversity, and models with reduced complexity can help to 
overcome these challenges. Concurrently, novel approaches are needed to 
investigate the role of complex and diverse host-microbe interactions 
within their habitats. This session thus welcomes contributions 
addressing the whole spectrum of different studies and approaches 
targeting the functioning of host-microbe interactions and their 
relevance in aquatic ecosystems.

Any contribution that apply stable isotopes is welcome. The deadline for 
abstract submission and early registration is *23 February 2018*.

For more details, please click the link below.

https://aslo.org/victoria2018/main

Please feel free to distribute the information among interested colleagues.

Kind regards,

The Organizers:
Ulisse Cardini, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN), Italy, 
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Grazia Marina Quero, SZN, Italy, [log in to unmask]
Marco Bartoli, University of Parma, Parma, Italy, [log in to unmask]
Jillian Petersen, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 
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Rachel Foster, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, [log in to unmask]