Jordi Bascompte (UZH); Andrea Carminati (ETHZ); Alan Pacheco (ETHZ); Beat Keller (ETHZ); Joëlle Schläpfer (UZH); Klaus Schläppi (U Basel); Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi (UZH); Sara Simonini (UZH); Thomas Städler (ETHZ); Melanie Paschke (PSC)
|14:15||Introduction||Melanie Paschke, PSC|
|14:30||To the root of plant microbiome interactions||Klaus Schläppi, U Basel|
|14:45||The potential of beneficial microbes for a more sustainable agriculture||Joëlle Schläpfer, UZH|
|15:00||Ecological and evolutionary significance of polyploid transcriptome||Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi, UZH|
|15:30||A revival of effective ploidy: dissecting endosperm-based reproductive isolation from evolutionary and molecular perspectives.||Thomas Städler, ETH Zurich|
|15:45||Species interactions and biodiversity||Jordi Bascompte, UZH|
|16:00||Interspecies microbial interactions in the phyllosphere||Alan Pacheco, ETHZ (Julia Vorholt group)|
|16:30||Soil properties and their impact on plant water relations||Andrea Carminati, ETHZ|
|16:45||Crop phenotyping||Beat Keller, ETH Zurich (Achim Walter group)|
|17:00||Epigenetic control of embryo development and patterning||Sara Simonini, UZH|
|17:15||Students meet with their group tutor to determine the content of the student talks.||All participants|
|17:45||Approximate end of first course day|
The colloquium “Challenges in Plant Sciences” is a core class of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center's PhD program and the MSc module. The colloquium introduces participants to the broad spectrum of plant sciences within the network. The topics encompass integrated knowledge on current plant research, ranging from the molecular level to the ecosystem level, and from basic to applied science while making use of the synergies between the different research groups within the PSC. The course offers the opportunity to approach interdisciplinary topics as challenges in the field of plant sciences.
During the first course day, each involved PSC lecturer gives a short talk as a general introduction to her/his research field. Subsequently, each student group prepares a presentation chosen from a variety of topics and based on literature provided by the lecturer. Students gain knowledge on topics beyond their own research area while practicing discussion and presentation skills.
2 Credit Points for PhD and Master students. Based on 8 days of work (= 60 learning hours) consisting of 1.5 days block course and 6.5 days of independent preparation time for the talk.