The mycorrhizal symbiosis among plants and root inhabiting fungi is globally ubiquitous, involves a diversity of fungi and the majority of land plants, and is critical for terrestrial ecosystem function. Yet while we know a great deal about the diversity and distributions of the plants that host mycorrhizal fungi, much less is known about the biogeography of these important fungal symbionts. The focus of this talk is to examine the biogeography of mycorrhizal fungi at three ecological scales: populations, communities and the globe. Using the Hawaiian Islands as a backdrop for these studies, I argue that not only are islands excellent model systems for examining fungal biogeography, but that we should reconsider how biomes across the globe are defined and incorporate belowground microbial symbionts into these descriptions.
Invited by Gerhard Gebauer, Isotope Biogeochemistry, as UBT International Research Fellow
Ecosystem functional types and biome concepts
Auf ins Neue! Winterspaziergang im ÖBG
Konzert: Musikalischer Jahresbeginn mit den Rockin`Dinos
Kastilien, Navarra und das Baskenland: Orchideen im Land Don Quijotes
The meat of the Anthropocene: Food, capital and the globalisation of industrialised animal killing
Stoichiometric controls of C and N cycling
Flying halfway across the globe to dig in the dirt – a research stay in Bloomington, USA
EGU – interesting research and free coffee
Picky carnivorous plants?