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

Lab News

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

New Papers on marine fungi and Hawaiian Microbiomes!

May 1, 2019

We published two (!) papers on marine fungi in Current Biology and MBio.  You can find them both here and here.  We also published our CMAIKI initiative in Msystems.