Hyphae response to higher and lower N availability in soils

Project Overview
Project Abstract: 
Following experimental girdling of early successional aspen and birch trees at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) soil nutrient measurements have indicated that girdled plots show higher levels of nitrogen availability than un-girdled (control) plots. Understanding how soil hyphae respond to the differences in nitrogen availability is important given their role in ecosystem nutrient cycling. The aim of this project is to establish differences in hyphae presence at the girdled and un-girdled plots. We hypothesize that hyphae will show lower biomass at the un-girdled plots due to lower nutrient availability.
Investigator Info
Investigators: 
Funding agency: 
UM-EEB
Years research project active: 
2011