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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Holobionts
6 November 2017 - 8 November 2017
Image Credit: Megan Diddie.
Microbes play a significant role in the evolution, development, health, and ecological interactions of multicellular organisms. The importance of microbial interactions is now widely recognized and at the center of many new research initiatives across the life sciences. Part of this emerging research has focused on reconceptualizing all macroorganisms as “holobionts”, defined as a host and all its microbial symbionts, with the genomic complement of all partners becoming the “hologenome”. There has been extensive debate about the importance and need for such a reconceptualization, and how it will shape research and our understanding of the living world moving forward.
This workshop will bring together researchers from diverse disciplines (microbiology, evolutionary biology, ecology, pathology, neuroscience, medicine, philosophy of science) working on holobionts and host-microbe associations, in order to foster interdisciplinary communication, investigate whether there are any particular insights or fruitful general principles that emerge from investigations across fields, and hopefully stimulate collaborative research for the future.
- John Cryan
- John Dupré
- Ruth Gates
- Carmen Lía Murall
- Forest Rohwer
- Pamela Schnupf
- Kevin Theis
- Philippe Vandenkoornhuyse
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