Photo: Kristian Bell

The idea for the ESA’s Plant-Soil Ecology Research Chapter (PSERC) was conceived by Christina Birnbaum and Eleonora Egidi at ESA16 conference in Fremantle as a response to ever growing community of ecologists in Australia who are interested in and working on plant-soil interactions in natural and agricultural ecosystems.


Our understanding of interactions between plants and their microbial communities has grown exponentially during the past two decades. We have learned to appreciate the role of these linkages in patterns and processes influencing terrestrial ecosystems. Studies have demonstrated the important role that plant-soil interactions play in nutrient cycling, responses to global climate change and in plant invasions. These advances have improved our conceptual understanding of terrestrial ecosystem functioning and simultaneously have also raised many new questions.


The goal of this research chapter is to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration between academics, early career researchers and anyone else interested in plant-soil interactions. Research Chapter has a Steering Committee that organizes a regular symposium at the ESA conference and runs a Twitter account.


Lead Convenor: Christina Birnbaum,

Co-Convenor: Eleonora Egidi,

Media: Christina Birnbaum & Eleonora Egidi

Steering Committee member: Anna Hopkins,

Steering Committee member: Adam Frew,


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