My research program integrates plant and fungal functional ecology in order to better understand plant species coexistence and ecosystem functioning.
First, I give some background on ectomycorrhizal fungi (EMF), EMF networks, and root-derived carbon (C) sequestration in soils. Ectomycorrhizal fungi in many temperate and boreal forests drive belowground C and nutrient cycling, and influence plant interactions.
Second, I present key results from my PhD on the role of ectomycorrhizal networks in establishment of Douglas-fir after disturbance.
Third, I describe some of my current research in Australia on nutrient-mediated plant facilitation, mycorrhizal community ecology during long-term ectomycorrhizal networks and root-mediated C sequestration in soils of mixedwood forests of Canada, Australia, Argentina, and Chile.
Finally, I show how my research program on mycorrhizal fungi and root interactons could help to improve mixedwood management.
Dr. Allan Costello, 250.960.5658
Dr. Philippe Henry, 250.960.5424