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NCTS Seminar on Mathematical Biology
14:30 - 16:30, April 14, 2017 (Friday)
Lecture Room B, 4th Floor, The 3rd General Building, NTHU
(清華大學綜合三館四樓 B演講室)
Plant-Soil Feedback (PSF): A Neglected Component in Community Ecology and Mathematical Biology
Takeshi Miki (Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University)


Microbial diversity in natural environments had been not observable for long time but microbial ecology and environmental microbiology have identified microbial diversity in the last two decades. General ecology also has just started investigating in-situ roles of microbial diversity, not only for using microbial community as model system. Major research interests include the roles of microbial community and diversity as the determinant of fitness of other organisms and their diversity through interactions, e.g, those between microbes and plants, their impacts on ecosystem functions (i.e. biogeochemical processes such as carbon and nutrient cycling), and community and ecosystem stability.

In terrestrial ecosystems, plant community alters soil abiotic and biotic environment that in turn affects plant growth, competition, and thus community and ecosystem dynamics, forming plant-soil feedback (PSF). In this presentation, I will first review the past achievement in the field of plant-soil feedback from the point of mathematical modeling (see reference). Then I would like to summarize my past studies on the roles of microbial community (bacteria and fungi) in PSF,

Reference: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2015.01066/full


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