EVOGENE Extra Seminar - The effects of ectomycorrhizal fungi on soil carbon cycling under changing climate
Christopher Fernandez, Minnesota University
Abstract: The vast majority of land plants associate with mycorrhizal fungi, which play an integral role in their nutrition and productivity. In forest ecosystems, tree hosts allocate a considerable amount of carbon to ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungi and have considerable influence on carbon storage in forest soils. Mounting evidence suggests that EM fungal communities and their functional roles are highly responsive to climatic shifts. Because these fungi are key mediators in both terrestrial nutrient and carbon cycles, understanding the consequences of these changes has become a critical area of research in order to better predict effects on forest biogeochemical cycles. In this lecture, I will discuss findings from multiple projects that are focused on the traits of EM fungi, their role in community structure, potential effects on carbon sequestration in forest soils in the context of global climate change.