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New paper: historical climate constrains contemporary microbial function

June 6, 2017

Our long-term research was recently published in PNAS, highlighting how the moisture sensitivity of microbial respiration depends on historical rainfall. You can read the full article here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/05/23/1620811114.short

Mose Buchele at KUT also did a nice radio story on this work:

http://kut.org/post/how-digging-holes-across-texas-could-help-us-fight-climate-change

And CNS also did a nice press release that was picked up by several science blogs:

https://cns.utexas.edu/news/historical-rainfall-levels-key-in-carbon-emissions-from

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New paper on foliar endophytes: Microbial Tools in Agriculture Require an Ecological Context

April 25, 2017

Check out our newest paper exploring the interactions of fungal endophytes and how deviations from expected additive effects can be predicted from fungal traits.

Connor, Sandy, and Hawkes. 2017. Microbial Tools in Agriculture Require an Ecological Context: Stress-Dependent Non-Additive Symbiont Interactions. Agronomy J doi:10.2134/agronj2016.10.0568

https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/aj/abstracts/0/0/agronj2016.10.0568

 

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Tropical soil fungi associate with tree species, but abundance fluctuates seasonally

May 8, 2016

Our first paper from Stephanie Kivlin's postdoctoral work is out in Environmental Microbiology. Using experimental tree monocultures, we found that soil fungal communities diverge among tree species and spatial heterogeneity associated with tree species.  However, fungal abundance varies seasonally, despite small differences in climate and soil moisture. For more information, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1462-2920.13342/abstract

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Ben Sikes' paper on plant and fungal assembly history

March 29, 2016

Work on simultaneous consideration of plant and root endophyte community assembly from former postdoc, Ben Sikes, is out in Ecology:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/15-0635.1/abstract

Not surprisingly, there were lots of interactions! Ben is now on the faculty at University of Kansas and you can read more about his current research at https://eeb.ku.edu/ben-sikes

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