EcolChange seminar – Eveli Otsing about the richness patterns of trees and fungi

Seminars of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange

Speaker: Eveli Otsing is a PhD student in our Department in the Ecology of Biological Interactions workgroup. Her research aims to shed more light onto the connections between trees (i.e. their species richness) and fungal community richness. Eveli Otsing will defend her PhD thesis this December.

Title of the talk: Tree species effects on fungal richness and community structure

Time: Thursday, 5. November 2020 at 14.15

Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (Vaga auditorium), or virtual link in the MS Teams group (link for seeing the seminar online, without any logging in etc.).

Summary: Tree species are expected to affect fungal communities through direct biotic interactions and litter quality. Plant–fungal interactions play important roles in the ecosystem functioning, but still little is known about the functional importance of tree species diversity on fungal diversity. Richness and community structure of biotrophic fungi are most strongly controlled by tree species identity, but tree species richness and composition may also influence richness and community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi and plant pathogens in mixed forest stands.

For everyone to stay as healthy as possible, please be reminded that wearing a face mask is mandatory. Please bring your own mask. Most importantly, don’t attend when you feel sick.

Functionality is always formal… (pic from here)
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