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

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.

Please feel free to distribute the information among interested colleagues.

Kind regards,

The Organizers:
Ulisse Cardini, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN), Italy, [log in to unmask]
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, [log in to unmask]
Rachel Foster, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, [log in to unmask]