Three year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in fungal molecular ecology available at the University of Oslo, Norway:
Soil fungi play important functional roles in forest ecosystems; while saprotrophic taxa are essential for organic matter decomposition; mycorrhizal root-associated fungi mediate the link between living plants and the below-ground community. Recent studies indicate that plant-fungi interactions through mycorrhiza affect the efficiency of decomposition by fungi, and works as a main driver for soil carbon sequestration in forest ecosystems. The goal of this project (MycoSoil), which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, is to make fundamental progress in the understanding of the community ecology and functions of fungi in boreal forest soils, how they are organized spatiotemporally and how they influence on carbon sequestration processes. We will take advantage of linking the project to two long-term surveys of boreal forests. State-of-the art DNA metabarcoding and metatranscriptomics approaches will be used to analyze spatiotemporal variation in the soil fungal communities.
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