Blodgett is another Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest roughly east of Auburn, CA. Six ECM hosts occur commonly on these sites: A. concolor, Pseudotsuga menziesii, P. lambertiana, P. ponderosa, Quercus kelloggii, and Lithocarpus densiflorus. In this forest I have adapted a "whole-forest" approach which takes into account the natural distributions of the hosts.
- large scale ECM community structure across multiple hosts
- correlation between aboveground forest structure and belowground ECM fine root distribution
- effect of host diversity on point-level ECM diversity
- effect of fire and thinning on ECM communities (long term study)
Izzo, A.D., P.G. Kennedy, and T.D. Bruns. Point level distribution of ectomycorrhizal fine roots relative to the plant species composition aboveground. (date currently being analyzed)
Izzo, A.D., Nguyen, D.T., Kennedy, P., and T.D. Bruns. Ectomycorrhizal community response to thinning and prescribed burning in a Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest. (data currently being analyzed)
A view into the overstory. This is a very diverse forest as far
as ectomycorrhizal hosts are concerned. In this picture you can see oak,
pine, and fir.
Mycoheterotrophic plants such as Pterospora are plentiful in this forest
and have received a lot of attention in the Bruns lab