Conference Season

This week the Peay Lab is spread from sea to shining sea for two concurrent conferences: Mycological Society of America 2016 (Berkeley, CA) and the 101st Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Congratulations to attendees on their talks and posters—we are proud to have them representing our lab!

Peay Lab at MSA

The Peay Lab poses in front of Gabriel’s poster at MSA 2016: (back, left to right) Kabir, Gabriel, Ken; (front, left to right) Sonya, Nora, Laura, Nic.

Kabir’s MSA talk, entitled “Dispersal influences fungal biodiversity at multiple spatial and genetic scales,” highlights the importance of dispersal as a critical ecological and evolutionary process shaping fungal biodiversity. Focusing on a range of spatial scales (from single root systems to the entire North American continent) and on multiple dimensions of diversity (taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional), Kabir’s talk integrates molecular evidence to highlight the importance of dispersal for understanding fungal biodiversity.

Marie’s ESA talk, given at the Mycorrhizal Fungi as Drivers and Modulators of Ecosystem Processes organized oral session, is entitled “Alternative stable states in soil mutualist communities and ecosystem function”. Marie is presenting results from her field study at Point Reyes National Seashore, CA, where she has worked on plant-microbe-ecosystem linkages in three dominant vegetation types (Baccharis pilularis, Pinus muricata, Ceanothus thyrsiflorus) and their distinct root mutualists.

Laura’s talk, “Strong evidence for plant-based choice and rewards in the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis,” will be given at MSA’s Choosing Partners & Diversity contributed talk session (which she is also moderating). Laura will present her work on pre- and post-interaction mechanisms for partner choice and reward in the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. Using microcosm studies of ectomycorrhizal hosts in symbiosis with model ectomycorrhizal fungi, Laura incorporates evidence from split root system culture and isotopic labeling to support the existence of both pre-interaction partner discrimination and post-interaction rewards in the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis.

Additionally, Peay Lab members will be presenting four posters at MSA:

Nora with MSA 2016 Poster

Nora poses with her poster during the MSA poster session.

These posters and talks present a wide-ranging sample of current work in the Peay Lab. Stay tuned for more to come!


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