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Wednesday, September 21 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The canopy microbiome, plant-water relations, and hydrology

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This workshop will explore relationships between the tree microbiome and the hydrologic cycle. We will address the influence of forest fungi on plant water relations and drought tolerance, focusing on poorly studied foliar fungi. This workshop will include short presentations about i) connections between foliar fungi and plant-water relations in a forested site, ii) high resolution dendrometry data in relation to dewfall and heat waves, and iii) inferences about the microbiome based on hydrometric data. The presentations will be followed by a discussion exploring how plant fungal symbionts influence water relations at other sites, including grassland and forested sites. We expect to promote cross-site comparison and synthesis on the relative importance of the microbiome as it mediates water movement. We will aim test the hypothesis that the microbiome mediates vegetation response to drought. The hydrology-microbiome connection is a new topic that wll attract a diverse group of people.

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Catalina Segura

Andrews Forest LTER


Wednesday September 21, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
09. Evergreen Meeting Room