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Warren Herb Wagner Guest Lecture in Plant Evolution: Mosaics, megabases, and matryoshki: a leaf-to-landscape perspective on the symbiotic renaissance

Betsy Arnold, Professor, School of Plant Sciences and EEB, University of Arizona
Thursday, February 23, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM
1200 Chemistry Dow Lab Map
We are fortunate to be living in one of the most exciting times in the history of symbiosis research: a true renaissance period in which ecological and evolutionary theory, organismal knowledge, and the dual powers of technology and computational biology are framing a new understanding of symbiotic interactions. From studies of diffuse coevolution and horizontal transmission to context- dependency, the -omics of interactions, and new evidence of nested symbioses, recent work is revisiting — and sometimes rewriting — the rules for how we think about 'the living together of unlike organisms.' In this presentation I will focus on one of earth's most prevalent symbioses — the association of endophytic fungi with photosynthetic organisms — to highlight (1) recent findings regarding ecological interactions at levels from leaves to landscapes; (2) new insights into mechanisms underlying plant-fungal associations from local to global scales; and (3) emergent questions, which together speak to the challenge, excitement, and promise that engage us across disciplines and organisms in the broader study of symbiosis.

Light refreshments served at 4 p.m.

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Building: Chemistry Dow Lab
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: AEM Featured, Biology, Discussion, Ecology, Environment, Research, Science
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, EEB Thursday Seminars