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Division 2, Soil Biology Commission


Division 2, Soil Biology Commission


Second International Conference entitled “Ecology of Soil Microorganisms”

When & Where

29th of November to the 3th of December 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic

Soil message

We are pleased to welcome you to the second conference on the Ecology of Soil Microorganisms to be held in November/December 2015 in Prague, another conference on this topic after the first one organised in 2011 that was attended by more than 400 participants from all over the world.

The conference is planned as an interdisciplinary platform that offers as much interaction among various subjects within microbial ecology as possible. This includes questions addressing individual microbes, microbial communities as well as their interactions with the environment and other soil biota. We hope to link the modern molecular “omics” methods such as metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics with approaches based on soil chemical and biochemical analyses, the exploration of soil fauna and plant ecology.

The other important goal of the conference is a wide scope covering the ecology of all microbes: bacteria and fungi as well as archaea and protozoa. We also cordially invite presenters from the emerging fields of ancient DNA and archaeomicrobiology.

Our aim is to bring experts from all these disciplines to a meeting where all can benefit from interactions and to promote in this way the research in the field of soil ecology.

Information and contact
Petr Baldrian, Institute of Microbiology of the ASCR
Videnska 1083, 14220 Prague 4, Czech Republic
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