Plant Ecology Laboratory
Research in our lab focuses on diversity patterns in biological communities, and on the interactions underlying these patterns. The main questions we address are: how do communities vary along natural gradients and gradients of human impact? What are the major assembly rules shaping communities; and are they attributable to biotic interactions or environmental heterogeneity? What are the roles of different biotic interactions - including competition, facilitation, herbivory and symbiosis - in structuring communities? Read more
Influence of disturbance on AM fungi of French Guiana
To conclude our project „Multiscale effects of disturbance on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi“ led by David García de León we had a close view to the effects of local disturbance in tropical communities. In particular, we study the effects of clearcutting the rainforest, which caused big changes in the AM fungal communities in French Guiana. We also explored the effects of traditional agricultural management (slash-and-burn), and found small changes in the AM fungal communities of French Guiana when the rainforest was converted into traditional agriculture. If you want to know more about our findings, you can keep reading in this link
John Davison in China
John Davison visited Sichuan Province, China, in early July to meet Chinese ecologists and deliver seminars on AM fungal biogeography and publishing ecological research. He gave presentations to research staff and postgraduate students at China West Normal University (Nanchong) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chengdu). He also visited field sites – including arid scrubland and subtropical forest – on the edge of the Tibetan plateau.
Congratulations, Dr Lena!
On the 6th of June, our dear Lena defended her PhD thesis „The dynamics of plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in grasslands under changing land use“ with flying colours! The oponent of the thesis was professor Catherine Gehring from Northern Arizona University. Lena gave a very exiting talk which was followed by an in-depth discussion and exchange of ideas. After the defence, we indulged ourselves with the lanscapes of Western-Estonia and also visited the study sites of Lena. We are very proud of you Lena! Wunderbar!
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