February 7 2018

1:00 pm 158 HH

Kabir Peay
Department of Biology, Stanford University

Dynamic Microbial Landscapes and their Consequemnces Dynamic Microbial Landscapes and their Consequemnces


Microbes are a critical component of the diversity and function of terrestrial ecosystems. Among microbes, fungi are key regulators of decomposition rates, facilitate plant nutrient uptake and have a profound impact on agriculture and economics. Understanding the forces that structure fungal communities thus has important theoretical and practical implications. While ecologists have long recognized the importance of scale, microbial communities have primarily been studied at small-scales, focusing on deterministic processes. In my research I show how large-scale processes shape community dynamics of plant symbiotic microbes - mycorrhizal fungi - using a combination of experiments and large molecular datasets. By doing so I identify the hierarchy of ecological processes that regulate community structure of mycorrhizal fungi and linkages to the assembly of plant communities and rates of ecosystem processes. In doing so I aim to build a ‘roots-to-biomes’ understanding of this key group of microorganisms.

Host:Nathan Kraft
Wednesday, February 7,2018
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