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Soil fungi for us

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  • UserMaarja Öpik, University of Tartu, Estonia World_link
  • ClockThursday 18 February 2021, 15:00-16:00
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Fungi perform a wide array of functions in ecosystems, contributing to ecosystems structure, maintenance, stability, as well as human well-being. Some of their services are also disservices from human point of view, such as disease or carbon release from ecosystems. Slightly exaggerating one could say that we breathe fungi, eat fungi, wear fungi and live in fungi. But, to which degree do we understand the availability of fungi and their capacity to perform their functions in ecosystems?

I will present recent advances in understanding fungal distribution, mostly, but not solely focusing on soils and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. I’ll zoom into human impact on fungal availability and function, as well as on how reversing fungal availability can speed up ecosystem recovery after disturbance.

I will conclude with speculations on how to better embrace the fungal potential for sustaining nature as well as humans.

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This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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