Plant, Soils, Ecosystems


Secretary: Ellen Fry
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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

A spotlight on the publishing process: how to review papers and get your own published.

Monday 12th December 1:30-3pm, BES AGM, Liverpool.

The goal of this workshop is to ensure that people leave with a greater insight into how publishing works and how to use their time and expertise effectively in both reviewing papers and publishing their own work. We anticipate that the participants will leave the workshop with an enhanced ability to objectively evaluate a manuscript submission, and how to optimize the chances of having papers accepted and cited. We will begin with an ice breaker exercise, where people will be asked to give their name and mention their most or least favourite aspect of publishing. The lead facilitator will then give a brief overview of the publishing process, before describing some of the challenges associated with being an editor of an international journal. The participants will be asked to split into groups and asked to discuss and evaluate some mocked up paper reviews supplied, highlighting good and bad aspects. The groups will then present their findings for discussion and the facilitators will offer perspectives from an editorial aspect. Following this, the second facilitator will talk about what an editor is looking for in the submission process, focusing on cover letters, keywords and titles. The participants will reform into groups and come up with a cover letter, title and keywords for a hypothetical manuscript. The wider group will then consider these from the point of view of an editor.

Led by Professor Julia Jones, University of Bangor, and Professor Barbara Tschirren, University of Zurich.

Free to attend, please just turn up!

We need to talk about Nitrogen

19 January 2017 – details on our events pages


PSE AGM, Winter ecology meeting.

6th-7th April 2017, University of Lancaster.


Details TBC.



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