This week the department welcomes Dr. Pedro M. Antunes from Algoma University:
Functional ecology of the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis – implications for below and above ground biodiversity in a changing world
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are obligate symbionts capable of establishing mutually beneficial associations with the roots of most vascular plants. Until recently, very little was known about the functional ecology of AM communities in natural systems. However, technological developments together with novel theoretical frameworks are rapidly contributing to fill in this knowledge gap. Based on this, in this talk I will dissect the relationship between AM and plant community diversity paying attention to eco-evolutionary soil feedback mechanisms in the context of exotic species introductions. I will conclude with implications of these mechanisms for ecological succession.
This seminar will be held in Room 1102, Biosciences Complex, from 12:30-1:30pm. Free meet & greet pizza lunch after the seminar from 1:30-2:30PM in the 3rd floor lunch room (3406).