Seedling dynamics and the role of oomycete pathogens in maintaining diversity in an old growth forest

Seedling dynamics and the role of oomycete pathogens in maintaining diversity in an old growth forest

Project Abstract

This project examines the seedling dynamics in an old growth forest near Portland and interactions with oomycetes, which may play a beneficial ecological role in the maintenance of forest diversity. Oomycetes, or water molds, are highly destructive fungus-like plant pathogens, best known for damage to agricultural crops. Native oomycetes are abundant in forested systems, and yet we know very little about their role in driving the dynamics or diversity of forests. This summer we will census a network of seedling monitoring plots in the Wind River Experimental Forest to assess the interactions between native tree performance at early life stages and interactions with pathogens.

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