Tremendous progress has been made since high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies entered the field of soil microbiology, and the scientific community involved in soil omics studies is continuously growing. With that development, there is also higher demand for guiding young scientists into this exciting field providing them with the best analytical tools available but also with a critical understanding of what can be achieved and which problems will require more research. Continuing the legacy of the first three Thünen Symposia, we would like to provide the opportunity for participants to learn about the latest progress at the intersection of microbial bioinformatics and soil ecology. Key issues of the 4th Symposium relate to spatial organization of soil microbial communities and to the study of neglected groups, i.e. soil viruses and protists. The workshop flanking the symposium provides the opportunity to learn about techniques for metagenomic analyses and beyond (transcriptomes and proteome).
We are looking forward to meeting you in Braunschweig,
Prof. Dr. Christoph Tebbe