Adapting to novel situations: The evolution of root system and mycorrhizal partnerships in seed plants
About the Event:
The symbiotic association between roots and mycorrhizal fungi has fascinated botanists, mycologists and ecologists for centuries. Approximately 90% of all current plant species engage in some type of mycorrhizal association, making this symbiosis arguably the most widespread and ecologically important mutualism in nature. In this talk, I will describe the most important mycorrhizal types found in nature, the relationship with the anatomical and morphological diversity in fine-roots, the evolutionary history and the global impacts behind this important association.
About the Speaker:
Oscar J Valverde-Barrantes is a botanist and microbiologist with an interest in the study of the belowground interactions between plants and their associated microbial communities. His field of research includes the study of the co-evolution between mycorrhizal fungus and seed plants, the mechanisms driving the variation in functional root traits and the impacts of different root strategies on ecological processes like soil carbon dynamics and species coexistence. His ultimate goal is to incorporate the belowground component as a central topic of discussion, consolidating root ecology as a standalone ecology field.