Webinar Series: Mycorrhizae for Land Managers

July 29th, 2021 to August 12th, 2021
Join us for this three-part series on Mycorrhizae for Land Managers hosted by Lisa Markovchick!
Nearly all plants benefit from associations with mycorrhizal fungi which inhabit plant roots, assist plants with a variety of stressors, and improve growth and resiliency, in exchange for photosynthate. The abundance and diversity of mycorrhizal fungi can be altered by disturbance and land-use change. Yet, mycological studies often remain in academia and are rarely utilized as tools in land management. In this webinar series, we focus on topics, questions, and techniques of interest to land managers, and engage in lively discussions across the academic/management divide to assist with management and discover what future research activities and partnerships can best harness the science for practitioners.
The first two webinars will focus on specific management challenges, how mycorrhizal fungi intersect with those challenges, and when mycorrhizal restoration can be a useful tool in the management toolbox.  The last webinar in the series will focus on preparing practitioners to utilize mycorrhizae in management and restoration, and work more closely with researchers to address future management-focused research questions.
  1. Mycorrhizae & Invasive Vegetation - June 17, 2021, 11 am - 12 pm MDT
The first webinar in our mycorrhizae for land managers series will discuss what is currently known about interactions between invasive vegetation and mycorrhizal fungi. We will discuss the research that has been done on how invasive vegetation impacts the mycorrhizal community, as well as how the mycorrhizal community can assist with combatting the impacts and success of invasive vegetation during/after habitat restoration. We will begin discussing factors to consider when utilizing mycorrhizae as a restoration tool.
  1. Mycorrhizae & Climate Change - July 29, 2021, 11 am - 12 pm MDT
The second webinar in our mycorrhizae for land managers series will discuss how mycorrhizal fungi assist plants during and after drought by increasing water retention in the soil, moving water vertically and horizontally, modulating plant water use efficiency, contributing to nightly hydraulic lift and local water cycles, and generally improving plant survival, growth and water relations. We will begin discussing factors to consider when utilizing mycorrhizae as a climate adaptation tool.
  1. Mycorrhizae in the Management Toolbox - SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 - 11 am MDT
In the last webinar of our mycorrhizae for land managers series, we’ll explore specific factors to consider when using mycorrhizae as a management tool. We will focus specifically on factors known to impact mycorrhizal communities and the success of plant-soil-mycorrhizal pairings, including those that may arise as we attempt to design habitat restoration projects that can be effective under climate change. During this final webinar we will also demonstrate the most feasible mycorrhizal collection method so land managers can work with mycologists to survey their mycorrhizal communities, and plan mycorrhizal restoration projects.
About our host: Lisa is a PhD candidate, Presidential Fellow, and ARCS Foundation van Denburgh Scholar at Northern Arizona University, where she studies intersections between land management concerns and mycorrhizal fungi (symbiotic with plant roots). Prior to this, she served as a DoD civilian for a decade, managing natural resources for the Navy, and received her MS from San Diego State University in plant and fire ecology. Lisa has created, developed and led large restoration, management, and citizen science projects for over 20 years.

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