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Seed-microbial interactions and their implications to understand tropical tree species diversity

Seed-microbial interactions and their implications to understand tropical tree species diversity

Fecha y hora de inicio: 24/05/2021 - 02:00 p. m.

Fecha y hora de cierre: 24/05/2021 - 03:00 p. m.

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Mechanisms that maintain plant diversity at local and regional scales have long captured the interest of ecologists. Recently, the role of plant-microbe interactions in structuring the composition of plant communities has become clear. Early studies focused on antagonism, showing that fungi and fungus-like pathogens promote plant diversity by imposing density- and distance-dependent mortality on seedlings and saplings. However, an emerging perspective is that non-pathogenic fungi also define plant health, with implications for shaping plant community structure. Focusing on seeds, a key component of fitness for most tropical trees, this talk centers on translating individual-level plant-fungal interactions to the processes that maintain tropical tree diversity. 

About the speaker:

I am a tropical plant community ecologist working at the interface of plant-microbial dynamics. My research integrates large-scale field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments with molecular techniques to address questions fundamental to understanding the distribution and maintenance of biodiversity in tropical forests. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, I did a Masters at the same university and then I obtained my Ph.D. in a joint program between Université Montpellier in France, and Universidad de Los Andes. After, I joined the scientific community at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, where I had two postdoctoral appointments. Now I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida.


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Camilo Zalamea, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Integrative Biology
University of South Florida

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