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Plant-soil-microbial interactions under global change (co-organized)
Convener: Kelly Ramirez  | Co-Conveners: Evgenia Blagodatskaya , Yakov Kuzyakov , Xingliang Xu , Alain Brauman 
 / Thu, 27 Apr, 13:30–17:00
 / Attendance Thu, 27 Apr, 17:30–19:00

The interactions between plants and soil microorganisms are an important focus of terrestrial ecology. These interactions vary across space and time, and are often strongly related to the soil environment. Traditionally synergistic, mutualistic and antagonistic interactions have been a primary focus in the literature. Yet recent methodological advances, such as high-throughput sequencing, isotopic labeling and global surveys, have expanded this framework to include the entire soil microbial community. Still, many questions remain about the underlying mechanisms of plant-soil-microbial interactions.

At the same time, ecosystems are under increasing global change pressures. Climate change, land-use change, pollution - among other pressures - can disrupt the critical interactions between plants and soil microorganisms, and can at the same time alter the abiotic soil environment. In this session we welcome studies examining how plant-soil-microbial interactions are affected by global change pressures and the consequences of these disruptions for ecosystem processes. Particularly, we welcome contributions that examine how disrupted interactions can reorganize and we especially encourage contributions that examine interactions in a community or ecosystem context.