The dynamics of evolution in plant and fungal interactions - from communities to genomes
May, Georgiana .
The dynamics of evolution in plant and fungal interactions.
Plant and fungal interactions are pervasive with the outcomes of those interactions affecting the evolution of plants and their symbionts, and structuring communities. Theoretical expectations for plant host and pathogen evolutionary dynamics have been drawn out in some detail, nonetheless these are almost entirely focused on very few loci thought pivotal to the outcome of plant and symbiont interactions. Yet, the individualís phenotype is the target of selection, and there should be genome-level responses to selection exerted by another organism. In this symposium, we will portray the biotic complexity of interacting fungal symbionts of plants (Saunders), learn how selection acts on plant defense genes across the genome (Moeller), track the evolution of fungal sex chromosomes associated with plant speciation (Hood) and explore the dynamics of a fungal pathogen genome in response to host domestication and evolution (Stuckenbrock). Together with your participation, the goal of the symposium is generate leading questions regarding genome evolution in plant and fungal interactions.
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1 - University of Minnesota, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 1987 Upper Buford Circle, St. Paul, MN, 55108, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: Ballroom 3/Cliff Lodge - Level B
Date: Monday, July 27th, 2009
Time: 9:30 AM