Mycorrhizal fungi with Pacific Madrone
During the spring of 2011, Dylan Smith ’11 worked on a project examining the composition and diversity of arbutoid mycorrhizal communities associated with Arbutus menziesii (Pacific madrone) in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southwest Oregon. He continued his work on the project over the summer and presented the preliminary results at the Mycological Society of America meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is now working as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Kabir Peay at the University of Minnesota. The manuscript resulting from Dylan’s work was recently submitted to the journal Ecological Applications for publication (fingers crossed). The title of the manuscript is “Arbutus menziesii plays a key role in succession by promoting mycorrhizal fungal diversity and host connectivity”. Partial funding for this project was provided by the 2011 Martin-Baker Award from the Mycological Society of America to Peter Kennedy.