Connectivity – Plant interactions reloaded / PSC Symposium 2020 (2 Dec) online

2 Dec 2020, online, 9:15–17:00
This year’s PSC symposium will highlight the manifold interactions plants are engaged in. The interactions range from the molecular to the environmental level and are indispensable for development, reproduction, nutrient exploitation and disease resistance against pathogens. Currently, genome sequencing, computational advances, high resolution imaging, new modelling approaches and a whole range of high-throughput technologies bring us new paths to study plant networks. Interactions drive evolution and shape the natural communities. Studying plant connectivity at different levels, in a more contextual way and combining different disciplines is key to move forward in our understanding of the plant systems. This multidisciplinary research can be integrated in an ecological framework where optimal management of nature's ecological functions and biodiversity may improve agricultural system performance, efficiency and farmers' livelihoods.

PSC junior scientists are invited to present posters and flash talks. Three poster awards will reward the best presenters.

PhD students organizing the symposium
Alicia Abarca, Laura Herold & Henning Muehlenbeck, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology; Seydinaissa Diop, Zhenzhu Xiao & Giacomo Potente, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany; Santiago Perez Bernal, University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences; Yuanyuan Liang, ETH Zurich, Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (D-BIOL)
PSC Coordinators
Luisa Last, Manuela Dahinden, Romy Kohlmann