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Examining the causes and consequences of microbial composition at the population and community scales

Lab News

Waimea watershed microbiome project is written up in Science!

Sep 11, 2019

Our collaborative project looking at microbial food webs and amphibious microbes within the Waime watershed was written up in Science after Anthony presented some results at ESA.  We're thrilled that this exciting new work is getting people thinking about microbial networks. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/08/no-microbiome-island-unprecedented-survey-hawaiian-valley-reveals?utm_campaign=news_daily_2019-08-28&et_rid=17101647&et_cid=2964879

Our paper on clinal variation in plant microbe specificity is published in ISME.

Jul 15, 2019

Gerry Cobian led this study on the slopes of Mauna Loa where he sampled the same plant community along a 1KM elevation gradient and measured how host specifity shifts within a network context.  Turns out plants are "pickier" when they're in the midde of their distributions compared to when they're on the edges. Specificity, like so many other traits, is context dependent.  Read all about it here.

New paper on endophytes and plant phenology in Fungal Ecology!

Jun 1, 2019

Geoff Zahn and Anthony published this paper on adding different communities of endophytes to arabadopsis. The hot take is innoculating with fungus, *ANY* fungus, reduces flowering time by ~25% compared with non-fungal controls. There is also an interaction with drought. Some species are "better" than others, but it's complicated when considering higher-order interactions. Check it out here