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 countries.
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.

Alvaro Lopez-Garcia en Praga
July 2017
> Talk and poster presented in the International Conference of Mycorrhiza 9 in Prague
The title: Dispersal and primary succession of plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal communities".

Alvaro Lopez-Garcia islands in the coast of Denmark
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.

Alvaro Lopez-Garcia en TemucoOctober 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 ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in metal polluted soils was presented during the MEDECOS-AEET meeting 2017 (http://www.medecos-aeet-meeting2017.es/).

March 2017 > 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 Kjoller.

June 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.



October 2016  > 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.

Beca Marie Curie

July 2016 > 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.

March 2016 > 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/

February 2016 > 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.

Dr. Álvaro López García / Postdoctoral Researcher
Mycorrhizal lab, Dept. of Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems
Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC
c/ Profesor Albareda, 1 - 18008 Granada, Spain