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Symbiosis - When living together is a win-win


Jul 30, 2020 05:03 PM

International Symbiosis Society
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Professor James White
Perspective: Plant Endophytism, Rhizophagy Cycle, and Why the International Symbiosis Society is Important @The State University of New Jersey, USA
James F. White is Professor of Plant Biology at Rutgers University where he and students conduct research on beneficial microbes that inhabit plant tissues. Dr. White is the author of more than 230 articles, and author and editor of many reference books on the biology of endophytes. Dr. White is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Associate Editor for journals Symbiosis, Fungal Ecology, Mycoscience, and Scientific Reports, and also serves as the Chief Editor for the Plant-Microbe Interactions Section of the MDPI journal Microorganisms. Dr. White was the founding Secretary for the International Symbiosis Society (ISS) in the early 1990s, and then helped to link the Symbiosis Congresses with the fledgling ISS and journal Symbiosis. In recent years Dr. White has served as the review editor for journal Symbiosis.
Professor Virginia M Weis
Coral symbiosis cell biology in the age of climate crisis: Turning discovery into solutions for saving reefs @Oregon state University USA
Virginia Weis is a Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology at Oregon State University. She obtained her PhD in 1990 in Biology from the University of California at Los Angeles in the area of coral reef biology and coral symbiosis. She has been at OSU since 1996 where her group studies the intimate cellular and molecular conversations that underlie the relationship between corals and their microbial partners. These symbioses are central to the health of coral reef ecosystems and when the partnerships breakdown due to environmental stress such as global warming, the entire reef ecosystem is threatened. Her current focus includes efforts to build coral germplasm repositories to preserve coral biodiversity. She has authored over 90 publications and mentored and trained 17 PhD students, 12 postdoctoral fellows and dozens of undergraduates. Website link: http://weis.science.oregonstate.edu/ Twitter: @weisvm, @WeisLab
Professor Marc-André Selosse
Origin and evolution of Mycorrhizal symbiosis @Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, France
Marc-André SELOSSE is professor at Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris), and at Universities of Kunming (China) and Gdansk (Poland). His researches focus on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas, a major symbiosis between soil fungi and roots of most land plants. He also has a general interest for symbiosis and its evolution. He is head of the French Botanical Society, member of the French Academy of Agriculture and editor of several international scientific journals. All his papers (more than 170 scientific papers and 160 outreach papers) are downloadable at http://isyeb.mnhn.fr/en/directory/marc-andre-selosse-405.