May 2018 > We have
held the PhD course on "Community assembly rules in fungal and
microbial ecology: state of the art and up-to-date tools". During an
entire week we have received the visit of Tancredi Caruso
(Universitu of Belfast), Erik Verbruggen (University of Antwerp) and
Otso Ovaskainen (University of Helsinki). Together with our local
panel (Jacob Weiner, Soren Rosendhal, Camilla Pereira, Jacob
Heilmann-Clauser and me), we have discussed about theory on
community assembly rules, methodological approaches for their study,
and the application of the developments in macroorganisms to the
study of microbial communities. We received 23 students from 11
December 2017 > We
have been awarded with funds from the Dept. of Biology (University
of Copenhagen) to organize a course on Microbial community assembly.
It will be held in Copenhagen from 30th April to 4th May 2018.
July 2017 > Talk and poster presented in the
International Conference of Mycorrhiza 9 in Prague
title: Dispersal and primary succession of plant and arbuscular
August 2017 >
Finally, we have sampled in newly formed islands in the coast of
Denmark. The aim: tracing primary succession of plants and
arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
2017 > Travel to visit the mycorrhizal group in
Universidad de la Frontera, in Temuco (Chile). I am collaborating to
optimize the molecular techniques to study arbuscular mycorrhizal
communities associated to different varieties of wheat.
February 2017 >
The talk Assessment of the recovery of functional diversity of
fungal communities in metal polluted soils was presented during the
MEDECOS-AEET meeting 2017 (http://www.medecos-aeet-meeting2017.es/).
The master student Rasmus J. P. Jespersen is going to start his
master project on mycorrhizal traits from a plant perspective in the
frame of the DISPMIC project, under my supervision and Rasmus
2017 > I have been
awarded with an Erasmus Teaching stuff interchange with University
of Cádiz to teach some hours in the Biogeography course of Dr.
Fernando Ojeda (Link)
December 2016 > I have given a seminar about the study carried out in the frame of the RESTECO project in the University of Copenhagen.
> Our communications for the MEDECOS-AEET meeting 2017 have been accepted as oral communications. Good news to start 2017 in Seville!
September 2016 >
This month I have started my Marie Curie project entitled "Dispersal
limitation and colonization of new land by symbiotic microorganisms"
(grant no 708530). During the next two years I will focus in the
study of plant communities and their associated mycorrhizal fungi
established in newly formed islands in the coast of Denmark. To find
suitable primary successional scenarios, i.e. pieces of land
recently formed where organisms get subsequently established for the
first time, is often challenging but it is an opportunity to study
the way in which the biota colonize and change over time without the
influence of previous inhabitants.The aim of the project will be to
disentangle the role of random processes, or stochastic, and the
role of deterministic processes when configurating the plant and
soil microbial communities during this primary succession.
I have been invited to give a seminar about my field of study in the Seminar Series of IRNAS-CSIC. I will talk about functional diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
> For next 6 months I am going to carry out a study about ectomycorrhizal fungi associated to holm oak (Quercus ilex) in the frame of the restored area in the Guadiamar river (RESTECO project). Excited to work with the “other” mycorrhizas!”
/ Link a RESTECO: http://www.resteco.es/en/
> Good news! I have been awarded with the Marie Curie individual grant (H2020) to start a project on dispersal of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. I will start next September in the University of Copenhagen.