2015 REU Poster: Exploring the Chemical Mechanisms of Fungal Succession
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Decomposition of dead organic matter (i.e. litter) is driven by diverse communities of decomposer fungi that turn over regularly and frequently during the course of decay. The mechanisms by which decomposer communities assemble, and how the assembly process influences eco-system-level biogeochemistry, are unclear. Our objective was to determine the processes that give rise to consistent patterns of dominance during succession in diverse decomposer communities.
Poster presentation at REU Summer's End Research Symposium, 2015, by REU participant Vanessa Ford, Roxbury Community College - Jennifer Talbot group, Jenny Talbot lab mentor