EcolChange seminar – John Davison about the niches of mycorrhiza

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange

Speaker: Dr. John Davison is senior researcher at the Plant Ecology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Tartu. His research addresses the role of biotic interactions in shaping biodiversity.

Title of the talk: The realised niches of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Time: Thursday, 28. November 2019 at 14.15

Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium)

Summary: Understanding the ecology of unculturable soil microbes is extremely challenging. Here I make use of a stable molecular taxonomy and global datasets to investigate the abiotic and biotic niches of different arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal taxa. I identify patterns of phylogenetic correlation in niche characteristics throughout the diversity of the group.

“Phylogenetic trees of Glomeromycota and other fungi. A. Bayesian tree based on 1539 bp of small subunit rDNA sequences” (from Redecker & Raab 2017 Mycologia; https://doi.org/10.1080/15572536.2006.11832618)

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