WP 2.1 - PhD

Impacts of bacterial associated ectomycorrhizal fungi on forest fungal and tree growth. 

Duration of contract: 4 years 
Planned starting date: ASAP 
Place of work: University of Vienna

Main supervisor: Mark Anthony (CV | Lab Homepage
Supervision team: Christina Kaiser, Carlos Gustavo Arellano Caicedo, Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Dagmar Woebken, Andreas Richter


Project description:

This project aims to understand the ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungal associations with bacteria in the environment and its influence on tree growth and development. A rich community of bacteria with unique ecological strategies inhabit the exterior and interior mycelium of ectomycorrhizal fungi, but we are only beginning to understand the functional ramifications of these tripartite interactions (bacteria-fungi-plant). This project uses microfluidics, mesocosms, and field experiments to cross scales and produce a harmonious framework of the impacts of co-occurring bacteria on ectomycorrhizal fungal and forest tree growth and development.

Ideally, you will already possess, but more importantly have a keen interest in developing your expertise in fungal ecology, fungal and bacterial culturing, plant ecology, plant-microbe interactions, and/or genomics. This position also involves fieldwork and includes multiple excursions to Switzerland. Candidates should hold an MS degree in biology, microbiology, or a related field. 



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