Belowground Plant Interactions: Can Lessons Learned from Conifer Forests and Biodiversity Hotspots Help to Successfully Manage Mixedwoods?

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Prince George

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.

Contact Information

Dr. Allan Costello,  250.960.5658
Dr. Philippe Henry, 250.960.5424

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