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Event

Origins and Function of the Animal Metaorganism – Boden Research Conference

When

Sunday 11th March 2018 - Wednesday 14th March 2018

location
Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island, Australia

Origins and Function of the Animal Metaorganism

A transdisciplinary workshop investigating the evolutionary success of cnidarian metaorganisms and the conditions that sometimes cause their collapse
11th to 14th March 2018
Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island, Australia
@CoralCOE #COE_symbiosis

Metaorganism workshop Magnetic Island, March 11th 2018. Credit: Steve Robbins

Why here and why now?

Ideas about how the coral association has succeeded over evolutionary time, and what mechanisms underlie coral tolerance to environmental change, have not changed substantially since the 1970’s. Advancing the field requires bringing in expertise from “left field” as novel perspectives can greatly increase the odds of conceptual breakthroughs being made. These new insights will be relevant to understanding coral reefs on a global scale and also to understanding organism‐microbe interactions more broadly. A specific aim is that the scheduled discussion sessions lead to concrete outcomes in the form of perspective manuscripts.
The meeting will bring together a critical mass of leading researchers across fields as diverse as palaeontology, physiology, microbiology and bioinformatics who are united by an interest in microbe – animal interactions. Our proposed group transcends disciplinary boundaries in an attempt to cross-fertilise thinking about the evolutionary success of the animal metaorganism and the conditions that sometimes cause collapse of these associations. New approaches, insights and thinking in this area are critical because important ecosystems that rely on animal‐microbe interactions, such as coral reefs, are experiencing increasing levels of stress that threaten their long‐term persistence.
We intend that this meeting will provide a broader understanding of the evolutionary forces that have led to the diversity of present day coral metaorganisms. We seek new understanding as to why some coral metaorganisms are more tolerant of environmental change than others, and how flexibility with respect to the associated microbiota might enhance resilience at the metaorganism level.

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Conference Program Here

Sunday 11th March
9:00 – 17:00Delegates arrive in Townsville, transfers to Pepper’s Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island.
18:30 – 20:30Welcome drinks and dinner
Monday 12th March
7:00 – 8:20Breakfast
8:20 – 8:30Welcome – David Miller and Mia Hoogenboom

Official Opening – Jenny Lappin

8:30 – 9:30Metaorganisms as the new frontierThomas Bosch
9:30 – 10:10QS and QQ in the holobiont HydraSebastian Fraune
10:10 – 10:30The Amphiprion genomeTim Ravasi
10:30 – 10:45Morning tea
10:45 – 11:05Host and microbial processes underlying White Syndrome lesions on coralsDavid Bourne
11:05 – 11:20Rethinking the coral microbiome: simplicity in a diverse microbial biosphereAlejandra Hernandez‐Agreda
11:20 – 11:50Chasing beneficial microorganisms for corals: characterization of green sulfur bacteria in coral skeletonsSen‐Lin Tang
11:50 – 12:10Viruses: the neglected part of metaorganismsTim Lachnit & Thomas Bosch
12:10 – 12:30Microbial Interactions in sponges: Symbiosis insights derived from basal MetazoaNicole Webster
12:30 – 13:45Lunch
13:45 – 14:10Expression patterns of immune receptors in two marine sponge speciesLucia Pita‐Galan
14:10 – 14:25Status of coral genomics: 2018 and beyondDavid Miller
14:25 – 14:50Decoding coral genomes beyond sequencingEmily (Hua) Ying
14:50 – 15:05Catching a glimpse of the coral proteome with mass spectrometryIra Cooke
15:05 – 15:45Afternoon tea
15:45 – 16:30Emergence of scleractinan corals: Snapshots from the geological pastJarek Stolarski
16:30 – 16:55Symbiodinium genomes reveal adaptive evolution of functions related to symbiosisCX Chan/Mark Ragan
16:55 – 17:20Mechanisms for initiating coral‐Symbiodinium symbiosisShunichi Takahashi
17:20 – 17:45Establishment of coral‐algal symbiosis from the symbiont perspective: Dual RNA‐Seq approachAmin Mohamed
18:00 – 20:00Dinner

 

Tuesday 13th March
7:30 – 8:30Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15Assembling the (holo)biont in deep timeNick Butterfield
9:15 – 9:35Evolutionary (meta)genomics of calcareous spongesMaja Adamska
9:35-9:55Genomics approaches for investigating probable crosstalk between coral and algaeChuya Shinzato
9:55 – 10:15Understanding coral bleaching in the light of holobiont nutrient cyclingChristian Voolstra
10:15 – 10:35Heatwaves, thermal tolerance and the coral microbiomeTracy Ainsworth
10:35 – 11:15Morning tea
11:15 – 11:50Partner switching and its impact on metabolite flux in the cnidarian‐dinoflagellate symbiosisSimon Davy
11:50 – 12:10The evolutionarily conserved apoptotic machinery in coralsKazuhiro Sakamaki
12:10 – 12:30Mechanisms of coral heat tolerance – lessons from the naturally extreme Kimberley region in NW AustraliaVerena Schoepf
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 14:10Stability, structure, and sustainability of symbioses: perspectives from plant‐fungal associationsElizabeth Arnold
14:10 – 14:30Stress transcriptomics: understanding the genetic basis of summer mortality in a different invertebrate ‐ abaloneJan Strugnell
14:30 – 14:50Impact of hybridization on host‐microbiome community composition: Results from an experimental evolution studyCornelia Jaspers
14:50 – 15:30Afternoon tea
15:30 – 15:50Genome sequencing of the Porites lutea holobiont illuminates the roles of coral‐associated microbial symbiontsSteven Robbins
15:50 – 16:10The long and short of microbial genomicsTorsten Seemann
16:10 – 16:30Microbial metagenomics: recent advances and ongoing challengesAaron Darling
16:30 – 17:30Discussion groups:

o     Molecular techniques determine what research questions can be answered in metaorganism research (Facilitator: Cooke)

o     Impacts of mutualism on capacity for acclimation/adaptation and rates of evolution (Facilitators: Bosch, Miller)

o     Photosynthetic symbioses – why have Symbiodinium spp been so successful in doing this? (Facilitators: Hoogenboom, Davy)

19:00 – 20:30Dinner

 

Wednesday 14th March
7:30 – 9:00Breakfast
9:00 – 10:30Discussion groups:

o     Molecular techniques determine what research questions can be answered in metaorganism research (Facilitator: Cooke)

o     Impacts of mutualism on capacity for acclimation/adaptation and rates of evolution (Facilitators: Bosch, Miller)

o    Photosynthetic symbioses – why have Symbiodinium spp been so successful in doing this? (Facilitators: Hoogenboom, Davy)

10:30 – 11:00Morning tea
11:00 – 12:00Discussion groups (continued)
12:00 – 12:10Synthesis: Impacts of mutualism on capacity for acclimation/adaptation and rates of evolutionThomas Bosch, David Miller
12:10 – 12:20Synthesis: Why have Symbiodinium spp been so successful in forming mutualisms?Simon Davy, Mia Hoogenboom
12:20 – 12:30Synthesis: Molecular techniques determine what research questions can be answered in metaorganism researchIra Cooke
12:30 – 12:45Closing remarksDavid Miller / Thomas Bosch / Elizabeth Arnold / Nick Butterfield
12:45 – 14:00Lunch

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