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Plant Response to Environment across Scales

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center

Venue: ETH Zurich, Auditorium Maximum HG F30, Rämistr 101, Zurich

This conference presented advances in plant science research on genomics, phenomics, and enviromics.


The world’s ecosystems are subject to rapid changes due to human activities. This poses many challenges, such as global warming and biodiversity loss. For a better understanding of human environmental impact, geological and biological changes need to be described and quantified. Recent developments in genomics, phenomics and enviromics have allowed scientists to extract a wealth of new information. The symposium will highlight new strategies of assessing plant response to stress from gene to field and across ecosystem level.


Session Speaker Presentation title
09:30 Bruno Studer
ETH Zurich, PSC chair

Session 1: Response at genome scale (chair: Sylvain Bischof, UZH)

09:30 Kirsten Bomblies, ETH Zurich, PSC

Temperature and meiosis - climate adaptation and its possible ties to recombination rate variation

10:00 Anne Roulin, University of Zurich, PSC

Transposable element evolution: What can we learn from population genomics?

10:30 Ben Oyserman, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Linking host genotype and the rhizosphere microbiome




Break and poster session


Session 2: Response at cellular or plant scale (chair: Achim Walther, ETHZ)

11:30 Hendrik Poorter, Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center, Germany

Meta-phenomics: A "periodic table" of plant responses to their a-biotic environment

12:00 Nicole van Dam, German Centre Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany

Beyond the usual suspects? Ecometabolomics analyses of plant-environment interactions

12:30 Jaakko Kangasjärvi, University of Helsinki Finland

Plant acclimation and responses to stresses – a cellular perspective




Lunch and poster session


Session 3: Response at ecosystem scale (chair: Anna-Liisa Laine, UZH)
15:00 Yvonne Willi, University of Basel, PSC

Constraints to climate adaptation

15:30 Tamir Klein, Weizman Institute of Science, Israel

Tree eco-physiology through molecular eyes

16:00 Francesco Miglietta, Institute of Bioeconomy, CNR, Firenze, Italy

Biosphere-atmosphere feedback and implications for the remote sensing of vegetation

Flash Talks by selected PhD students and postdocs (chair: Alexander Damm, UZH)

16:30 Christopher Kesten, ETH Zurich

Pathogen-induced pH changes regulate the growth-defense balance in plants

16:40 Lukas Wille, ETH Zurich

Host genotype x soil interaction in the composition of pathogenic and beneficial fungi of pea lines screened for root rot resistance

16:50 Marinela Dukić, ETH Zurich

Reverse ecology of meiosis – What can genes under selection tell us about meiotic adaptations in Arabidopsis arenosa diploids?

17:00 Stefan Milosavljevic, University of Zurich

ARPEGgIO: Automated Reproducible Polyploid EpiGenetIc wOrfklow

17:15 Poster awards  


Sylvia Martinez, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC), Univ Basel and Romy Kohlmann, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC)

Weiterführende Informationen

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