"Microbiota, symbiosis and individuality summer school" meeting report

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  • Isobel Ronai
  • Gregor P. Greslehner
  • Federico Boem
  • Judith Carlisle
  • Adrian Stencel
  • Javier Suárez
  • Saliha Bayir
  • Wiebke Bretting
  • Formosinho, Joana
  • Anna C. Guerrero
  • William H. Morgan
  • Cybèle Prigot-Maurice
  • Salome Rodeck
  • Marie Vasse
  • Jacqueline M. Wallis
  • Oryan Zacks

How does microbiota research impact our understanding of biological individuality? We summarize the interdisciplinary summer school on "Microbiota, symbiosis and individuality: conceptual and philosophical issues"(July 2019), which was supported by a European Research Council starting grant project "Immunity, DEvelopment, and the Microbiota"(IDEM). The summer school centered around interdisciplinary group work on four facets of microbiota research: holobionts, individuality, causation, and human health. The conceptual discussion of cutting-edge empirical research provided new insights into microbiota and highlights the value of incorporating into meetings experts from other disciplines, such as philosophy and history of science. [MediaObject not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number117
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Conceptual analysis, Downward causation, Ecology, History of biology, Holistic, Holobiont, Hologenome, Microbiome, Philosophy of biology, Physiological individuals

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