Mycorrhizae in Salmon Forests

Salmon are an iconic and economically valuable species whose life history bridges both the sea, where they live as adults, and inland waterways where they spawn. Their yearly migrations and subsequent deaths fertilize the forests, and signals of this subsidy can be seen in vegetation, insect and bird life. What has been little studied, however, are the below-ground dynamics of this seasonal nutrient flux. This project will look at mycorrhizae, a type of fungus that forms symbiotic associations with trees, and its role in salmon-derived nutrient uptake and dispersal through the ecosystem.

Intern: 
Allen Larocque
Superviseur universitaire: 
Dr. Suzanne Simard
Project Year: 
2014
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British Columbia
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