Location: Bengaluru, India
Dates: 23-27 July 2023
The 38th annual ISCE meeting will take place from 23-27 July 2023 in Bengaluru, India and will be be hosted by Dr. Renee M. Borges from the Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science.
This conference is on the timely theme of Chemical Ecology in the Anthropocene. Given the impacts of climate change on human health, safety, and livelihoods, the impact of climate change on the chemical ecology of species interactions across the kingdoms of life is equally important and less well understood. It is likely that climate change will affect not only viability of organisms but also chemical communication. For example, the increase of oxidising agents in the atmosphere may reduce the half life of volatiles and remove important elements from chemical signals.
How organisms may cope with this distortion, and whether there is redundancy built into chemical signalling, is not at all understood. This field offers exciting challenges and problems that need urgent solution, whether it be in crop pollination, pest control, soil fertility through mycorrhizal networks, or aboveground-belowground feedback leading to plant productivity changes. Processes that influence planetary health in natural ecosystems are equally likely to be affected by urban and industrial runoff of atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic pollutants. Chemicals know no boundaries, which makes it more imperative that we understand their impacts.
Additional information about the meeting will be available over the coming months at the official meeting website.
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