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Myco-Consortium talk March 16: Justine Karst

As part of the MST's membership in the Myco-Consortium series of Zoom talks, MST members are invited to join the presentation on Thursday, March 16th at 7pm ET:

Decay of the Wood Wide Web

A talk by Justine Karst
Thursday March 16th, 7pm ET

The 'wood-wide web' has captured the interest of broad audiences. Common mycorrhizal networks, namely fungi that physically link roots of different trees together, are purported to be widespread and mediate transfer of resources and signals from trees to seedlings in forests. In this talk, I challenge popular claims about the function of common mycorrhizal networks in forests and highlight the misinformation that has developed in recent years. 

About Justine Karst

Justine Karst grew up in western Canada and was curious about forests from childhood on. From that curiosity, she completed a PhD in mycorrhizal ecology and, in 2016, joined the faculty at the University of Alberta, where she is Associate Professor. For the past 20 years, she has studied the mycorrhizal ecology of forests with a preference for the boreal region.  She is currently Vice President of the International Mycorrhiza Society. 

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