Recent lab publications
January 17, 2012
In 2011, the lab published two papers on ectomycorrhizal ecology. The first examined the ectomycorrhizal communities associated with Alnus trees in Mexico. The paper, which was published in the journal Mycorrhiza is titled “Ectomycorrhizal fungi in Mexican Alnus forests support the host co-migration hypothesis and continental-scale patterns in phylogeography”. The Mexican research was made possible by a Fulbright scholarship to Peter Kennedy to work with Dr. Roberto Garibay-Orijel at UNAM (National Autonomous University) in Mexico City in fall 2010. The second paper examined how competitive interactions among fungi differ when fungi are competing via mycelium. The paper, which was published in the journal PLoSONE, is titled “Colonization-competition tradeoffs as a mechanism driving successional dynamics in ectomycorrhizal fungal communities”. Peter presented the results of this research at the MSA meeting in Fairbanks, AK in August 2011. The lab also published a third article entitled “Frankia assemblages associated with Alnus rubra and Alnus viridis are strongly influenced by host plant species identity” in the Internation Journal of Plant Sciences. That paper was led by Adam Lipus ‘10, who is currently working at OHSU and is an avid Portland Timbers fan (“Over there its all quiet, over here it’s a riot….”).