Functional Ecology Conference 2018
The Functional Ecology Conference will present the lastest research on how organisms acquire and then make use of resources in metabolism, movement, growth, reproduction, as well as on how ecosystems cycle, store or lose resources through biotic an abiotic processes. The impacts of climate and anthropogenic changes on these processes will also be at the heart of the confercence.
Schedule of the international conference
The influence of species diversity on ecosystem functioning is a hot topic in community ecology since two decades. Greater diversity often induces positive effects on a large range of ecosystem functions, but neutral or even negative ones are also observed. The processes leading to these effects remain rather unexplained and this session offers the opportunity to present recent results on these mechanisms as well as on biodiversity – ecosystem functioning relationships in various ecosystems.
Infrastructures for ecosystem research are becoming increasingly important to develop strategies for maintaining the sustainability of agricultural, forested, freshwater and other managed and natural ecosystems, and to adapt to the threats of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and land use change. In order to preserve or improve ecosystems services, secure food supply and build a 21st century bioeconomy, we need to understand and forecast how ecosystems will respond to current and future changes including new management approaches and potential environmental tipping points. Continental infrastructures such as AnaEE in Europe and TERN in Australia provide the tools for observational and experimental study across large environmental gradients of climate, ecosystem type and soil type, through collaboration among individual research platforms at multiple sites. This session will highlight multiple facets of such infrastructures, including the challenges related to their complexity and the opportunities arising from continental integration
1. Update on AnaEE. Michèle Tixier Boichard, INRA, France
2. Methodologies to work across gradient. Jürgen Kreyling, Greifswald University, Germany
3. Modeling and soil pathogens - to be confirmed
4. Analytical measurements/platforms as main components of projects: metabolomics for ecosystem science. Albert Gargallo-Garriga, CREAF Barcelona, SPAIN
Adaptation to climate change is now a necessity to deal with and constitutes a research priority. Beyond the assessment of the spontaneous capacity of adaptation of continental and maritime populations and ecosystems it is necessary to adapt production systems (forests, crops, grasslands, aquatic) and ecosystems to climate change while maintaining their potential of climate change mitigation in agreement with the expectations voiced at the 2015 Paris Conference.
The objective of the session is to demonstrate similarities and peculiarities related to land-use in the biological, physical and chemical processes involved in the functioning and evolution of soils. Special attention will be paid to studies dealing with these aspects along a gradient of anthropization that integrates all main soil covers, from urban to forests soils. Modelling approaches aiming at better understanding the functioning of soils are also welcome.
This session will present the most interesting communications which thematically do not fit into the sessions with a predefined theme.
Microbial diversity has long been considered as 'black box' by ecologists. High throughput sequencing approaches have revolutionized the study of microbial diversity and function by meta-omics approaches. Recent technical developments, including isotopic and new molecular methods, as well as experimental and modeling approaches, have led to a renaissance in microbial biodiversity research and its functional consequences. This session will offer different studies and associated scenarios in understanding of microbial diversity and structure and how microbiote drives multifunctionality in several environments (e.g. soil, water, animals or gut)
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