siimsepp [at] ut.ee
During my PhD studies, I will focus on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal communities. I will study AM community composition in different land use intensities from natural to agricultural habitats both locally and globally. I also try to comprehensively describe the AM fungal community in certain habitat types by sampling each plant species separately to gain insight into plant host effect on its AM fungal community. I hope to shed light onto the part AM fungi have in natural and anthropogenic habitats. My supervisors are Maarja Öpik and Martin Zobel.