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Phylogenetic and functional patterns of host plants and their associated fungi: implications for symbiotic co-evolution, community interactions, and ecosystem processes

Comas, Louise [1].

Symposia summary abstract.

There is growing appreciation of plant-fungal interactions as important forces structuring communities and affecting ecosystem processes. Nearly all plants form associations with fungi and have since the first plants colonized terrestrial landscapes. Current and impending global climate change has compelled us to better understand the history and nature of these interactions, how they have directed plant-fungal co-evolution, ultimately affecting community interactions and ecosystem function.
This line up of speakers will present emerging hypotheses on evolutionary processes governing the co-evolution of symbioses between plants and fungi, and evidence of phylogenetic and biogeographic patterns found among plants and fungi and their implications, facilitation of symbionts in structuring communities, and impacts on ecosystem processes.


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1 - Penn State University, Horticulture and Intercollege Program in Ecology, 102 Tyson Building, University Park, PA, 16802, USA

Keywords:
plant-fungal interactions
Symbiosis
mutualism
co-evolution
mycorrhizas
ecosystem function.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY13
Location: Rendezvous A/Snowbird Center
Date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: SY13SUM
Abstract ID:1081


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