Drivers of microbial invasion success

Elze Hesse, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
Wei Zhong, Nanjing Agricultural University

Over the last two decades it has become increasingly apparent that invasions are common in microbial communities, ranging from the invasion of mobile genetic elements to that of single pathogens and whole communities (i.e. community coalescence). Such invasions can greatly alter the diversity and functioning of microbial community and affect the fitness of microbiome-associated hosts. Hence, it is imperative to understand the ecological and evolutionary drivers determining successful invasion. In this session we aim to bring together researchers working on various aspects of invasion using different microbial systems and approaches.


Joana Falcao Salles
University of Groningen
The Netherlands
The ecology of bacterial invasions

Ville Friman
University of York
United Kingdom
Phages and plant pathogen invasions in the rhizosphere

Elze Hesse
University of Exeter
United Kingdom
Ecological and evolutionary selection act in parallel during invasion

Wei Zhong & Alexandre Jousset
Nanjing Agricultural University
Ecological interactions predict microbiome invasion by a plant pathogen