December 1–2 eSymposia

Plant-Microbe Interactions in the Environment — Navigating a Complex World

This symposium will be held December 1-2, 2021, hosted by Cara Haney (British Columbia, Canada) and Paul Schultze-Lefert (Cologne, Germany). This event will investigate how plants engage with beneficial microbes while restricting pathogens. These networks of interactions are complex and influenced on numerous interactions in the environment. Researchers will reveal new insights into the factors that influence the outcomes of plant and microbe interactions in response to diverse stimuli.

December 1–2 eSymposia Chairs:


Cara Haney

Dr. Cara Haney

Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dr. Cara Haney is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Haney’s research focuses on interactions between beneficial plant-associated microbes (the “microbiome”) and plant growth and disease resistance. Dr. Haney has a long history in the molecular plant-microbe interactions field. She received her B.S. in Plant Science from Cornell University where she did an honors thesis studying late blight on tomatoes. She received her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Stanford in 2011 focused on rhizobia-legume symbiosis. She worked at Harvard as a postdoc using Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas fluorescens as a model to study plant-microbiome interactions prior to joining the UBC faculty in 2016.




Paul Schultze-Lefert

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Paul Schultze-Lefert is director of the Department of Plant-Microbe Interactions at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. Previously, he held senior positions at the University of Aachen and at the Sainsbury Laboratory of the John Innes Centre in the UK. His research focuses on the plant immune system and the plant microbiota. In recent years, his laboratory has contributed to the development of plant microbiota science as a new field of research. His main goal is to define the molecular principles underlying the establishment of plant-associated microbial communities and their beneficial functions to the host using reductionist approaches.

Paul Schultze-Lefert

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