From the Top Down: How Microbial Predators Mediate Plant Disease
After participating in this session, conference attendees will have a greater awareness of multitrophic interactions, specifically those between predators and prey, and how they can impact disease outcomes in plants. They will be able to identify methodologies and collaborators to help them address these issues in their own work. The goal is to excite the audience about a rapidly growing area of research that has already reshaped our understanding of plant pathology. In addition, the organizers plan to feature the topic and the work of the Session speakers in a Perspectives article for the journal Phytobiomes, with targeted publication date within a few months of the Special Session.