Symposium: The Plant Microverse
Dr. Silke Ruppel research expertise lies in investigating beneficial plant-microbe interactions in horticultural systems. She aims to improve application of microbes in sustainable crop production which includes a understanding of effects between rhizosphere microbes and soil properties. Her group is located at Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops in Großbeeren.
Dr. Roeland Berendsen's research at University of Utrecht focuses on the role of microbes in the health of plant roots. His areas of interest include sustainable pesticides, crop protection, the immune response of plants, and the rhizosphere.
Prof. Dr. Mitja Remus-Emsermann specializes in phyllosphere microbiology, single-cell microbiology, and plant-microbe interactions. He is particularly interested in using bacterial bioreporters to better understand microbial communities and their functions on leaves and other plant surfaces. His group is located at Freie Universität Berlin.
Prof. Dr. Eric Kemen from University of Tübingen is an expert in microbial interactions in plant ecosystems. His research focuses on understanding the fundamental mechanisms that shape microbial communities, with a particular emphasis on the transition from stochastic inputs to well-defined, often host-associated microbial communities of the phyllosphere.
Prof. Dr. Philip Franken's research includes plant-microorganism interactions in sustainable cultivation, epigenetic processes in plant reproduction, molecular genetic principles of plant breeding, and the control of development and growth of horticultural crops. He is a professor at University of Jena and his group is located at the Research Center for Horticultural Crops in Erfurt.
Anna Liisa Laine
Prof. Dr. Anna-Liisa Laine is an expert in host-pathogen coevolution, evolutionary epidemiology, and trophic interactions at University of Zürich. Her research focuses on understanding the complex relationships between host and parasite populations, and the implications of these relationships for the wider ecosystem.