Untangling the wood wide web
In order to fully understand the functioning of forest systems, we must understand the symbiotic soil microorganisms supporting the nutrient supply to trees. These microorganisms influence the ability of ecosystems to sequester carbon and to withstand the impacts of climate change. Yet, until recently, little was known about the their distributions at a global scale. Through a long-term collaboration with Stanford University, our researchers have generated the first spatially explicit map of the most abundant of these symbionts, mycorrhizal fungi. This map provides some critical insights into which types of trees can be supported in which regions. But it also help us understand how the climate will change over the rest of the century.
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Published in Nature (16. May 2019)