Plant, Soils, Ecosystems


Secretary: Ellen Fry
Social media: Twitter and Facebook


A group on plant-soil interactions, with a focus on biogeochemical cycling, community dynamics, and ecosystem functioning.

The study of plant-soil interactions is a rapidly growing area. Soil organisms are very important for plant growth and community dynamics, which is why ecologists increasingly consider plants as major drivers of soil biota and the processes they regulate. Recent research has shown that plant-soil interactions are a driving force for primary productivity, nutrient and carbon cycling, and ecosystem responses to global change.

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– Promote research on plant-soil interactions and their role in ecosystems through workshops, symposia, and events
– Serve as a platform to discuss and share techniques, as well as provide opportunities for networking and collaboration among researchers
– Encourage research across scientific disciplines to students, support for early-career researchers, and facilitate training opportunities.

Current / Future Meetings

PSE AGM, Winter ecology meeting
6 – 7 April 2017, University of Lancaster.

We will be holding a meeting with the aim of releasing an opinion piece on the importance of including measurements out-of-growing-season. The meeting will comprise talks from invited speakers, including keynote speaker, Gareth Phoenix, and some offered talks. The three session themes are Arctic and Alpine Ecology, Seasonal Dynamics in Ecology, and Winter/Snow Ecology.

For more details and how to register visit the event page.


Ellen Fry
Mike Whitfield
Tom Crowther
Franciska De Vries
Jessica Clayton
Rosanne Broyd
Richard Bardgett