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Symbiosis Between Trees and Fungi


Our guest speaker this month is Dr. Colin Averill, a graduate of UT's EEB PhD program, and NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University. Mycorrhizal fungi form a symbiosis with the roots of most trees on Earth. These fungal networks enable entire forests to communicate and compete, and new research shows mycorrhizal fungi are central to understanding how forests will respond to global environmental change. In this class you will learn about new research showing how these fungi connect forests, as well as new evidence that rapid global environmental change is altering our forests by manipulating the forest fungal microbiome.