Tag Archives: mycorrhiza

New publication – Effects of land use on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in Estonia

Text by Siim-Kaarel Sepp The type and intensity of land use are important drivers of local aboveground biodiversity. The same holds for arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, but most research effort has been put into natural or, on the other hand, … Continue reading

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New publication – More bang for the buck? Can arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities be characterized adequately alongside other fungi using general fungal primers?

Text by Maarja Öpik How to measure things? How to measure biodiversity? For organisms which are visible to human eye, detecting them is not an issue, though identifying the species might be. The situation is fully different for organisms we … Continue reading

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New publication – The role of plant mycorrhizal type and status in modulating the relationship between plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities

Text by Lena Neuenkamp Interactions between communities of plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi shape fundamental ecosystem properties. Experimental evidence suggests that compositional changes in plant and AM fungal communities should be correlated, but empirical data from natural ecosystems is … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Andy Taylor about Scotland’s forgotten Kingdom

Joint Seminar of Department of Botany, Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology Centre of Excellence EcolChange Andy Taylor is fungal ecologist at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland. He visits Department of Botany as an opponent at PhD defence of … Continue reading

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New paper published – Think globally, research locally: emerging opportunities for mycorrhizal research in South America

Text by Guillermo Bueno Two members of the plant ecology team led by Martin Zobel (Maarja Öpik and Guillermo Bueno) were invited as keynote speakers to a symposium on „Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Southern Cone of South America“ in Valdivia, … Continue reading

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New paper published – Niche differentiation and expansion of plant species are associated with mycorrhizal symbiosis

Text by Maret Gerz Mycorrhizal symbiosis affects the realized niches of plant species Mechanisms of coexistence has fascinated ecologists for a long time and one of the proposed ways is minimizing competition by niche differentiation. According to this, to coexist, … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Alexei Tiunov about using stable isotope analysis to decipher the structure of soil food webs

Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange Oct. 5th and discussion with early career scientists Oct. 6th Alexei Tiunov is head of Laboratory of Soil Zoology, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution in Moscow, Russia. In … Continue reading

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New paper published – Adaptive root foraging strategies along a boreal–temperate forest gradient

Text by Ivika Ostonen Fine roots are the principal organs for absorption of water and nutrients in soil, and their growth patterns control forest production and sustainability. In most boreal and temperate forest trees, the fine root nutrient acquisition is … Continue reading

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EcolChange seminar – Francis M. Martin about mycorrhiza

Seminar of the Centre of Excellence EcolChange Francis M. Martin is head of Cluster of Excellence ARBRE at INRA-Lorraine in Nancy, France; as a guest of doctoral school, F.M.Martin will also hold two discussion groups for PhD students and early … Continue reading

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New publication – Plant mycorrhizal status, but not type, shifts with latitude and elevation in Europe

Text by Guillermo Bueno Understanding the distribution of plant mycorrhizal traits of the European flora should guide us to keep understanding and to expand our curiosity about the ecological roles and distribution of the mycorrhizal symbioses in plant communities. For … Continue reading

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