Thursday 26th September 2013
9.00-9.15 C. Wirth: Welcome to the Participants “Philosophy of iDiv”
9.15-9.30 C. Wilhelm: Why this topic in iDiv?
9.30-10.15 C. Büchel: Evolution and Function of light harvesting proteins
10.15-11.00 R. Goss: Biodiversity of Light protection
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.15 A. Falciatore: Biodiversity and Evolution of Photoreceptors
12.15-13.00 Round table
13.00-14.15 Lunch Break
14.15-15.00 P. Kroth: Evolution and Function of Carbon Assimilation
15.00-15.45 Round table
15.45-16.15 Coffee Break
16.15-17.00 C. Yang: Photosynthetic mechanisms in extreme environments
17:00-17.45 P. Gresshoff: Biodiversity of N-Fixation
17.45- 18.30 Round table
Friday 27th of September
9.00-9.45 F. Buscot: Biodiversity of Mykorrhiza
9.45-10.30 S. Maberly: Explaning biodiversity dynamics in Lakes
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.45 Round table
11.45-12.30 G. Pohnert: Infochemicals as regulators of biotic interaction and biodiversity in plankton communities
12.30-13.30 Lunch Break
13.30-14.15 J. Carnicer: Elemental stoichiometry as driver for Biodiversity
14.15-15.00 Round Table
15.00-15.45 R. Sage: System flaws create opportunities for diversification: A Case Study with Beer, Rubisco and Photorespiration
15.45-16.30 J. Ludwig-Müller: Bacteria and Fungi controlling plant growth: balance between benefit and pathogen
16.30-17.00 Coffee Break
17.00-17.45 Round table
17.45-19.30 Summary of the Workshop
20.00 – open end Dinner in the LVZ Hall Leipzig

All speakers have 45 min inclusive discussion. The talk should not extend 35 mins

Round table:

Each Round table is guided by a moderator and by a rapporteur. They will be asked in advance and will get special guidelines.

The community of the participants will be divided into two groups: (a) physiologists and (b) ecologists. Each participant can select between these two options. After two presentations the community will be divided in two subgroups with more or less equal distribution of physiologists and ecologist. Each subgroup will discuss the presentation separately and summarizing the results of the discussion in one power-point chart.

Guiding questions are:

  • Is the process presented a driver for biodiversity?
  • How can we prove it?
  • Which molecule or measureable parameter could be used to target the process presented (as a new functional trait)?
  • How can we track the evolutionary pathway in the living organism?

These charts will be presented simultaneously in a plenum discussion. Points of consensus and of controversy will be noted for the summary of the workshop.

Key issue:

In the past biodiversity was restricted to organismic research with special attention to plant or animal taxonomy, phylogeny and ecology, whereas physiology was focussed on molecular processes studied in model organisms. Organismic research was merely descriptive, whereas physiology is mainly oriented to describe molecular mechanisms which underlay changes in plant performance.

This gap became the most obvious by the methodologies: organismic work was concentrated on species description, sampling and subsequent statistic analysis, whereas physiology uses biochemical, biophysical and molecular and transgenic methods to analyse the functions of genes involved in physiological regulation. The recent approach to use traits to describe biodiversity on a functional level means that physiology becomes an integrative part for biodiversity understanding.

It is the aim of this workshop to bring together molecular physiologists and functional ecologists to explore the present day knowledge for its potential to bridge organismic and molecular sciences.

Physiodiv 2013

Biodiversity meets Physiology - Physiology meets Biodiversity

26. - 27.9.2013 in Leipzig


Registration details
Registration is open for:
  • Members of iDiv
  • Members of the German Botanical Society (DBG)
  • Memebrs of all Sections of the (DBG)
  • Upon request
Deadline for registration is 15th September 2013

The number of participants is limited to 150 in total.

Fees: 75,- € (students 30,- €)

The workshop fee includes:
  • Refreshment during coffee breaks
  • Hard copy of the Special Issue of the J. Plant Physiology including all presentations
  • Dinner on 27th September in the LVZ Hall Leipzig

bank details
Wilhelm-Pfeffer-Stiftung d. DBG
account number : 1100871701
bank: Sparkasse Leipzig, Humboldtstraße 25, 04105 Leipzig
bank code: 86055592
SWIFT-BIC : DE728605559211008717
reason for transfer: Physiodiv 2013
The participants are requested to book the hotel by their own. Hotels in Leipzig can be booked via the internet platform.
LVZ Hall Leipzig
Universität Leipzig
Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology, Institute of Biology
Johannisallee 21-23
04103 Leipzig

Christina Schindler
Phone 0341-97 36 870
Fax 0341-97 36 899