Associate Professor Dartmouth University Chicago, New Hampshire, United States
Centuries before A.B. Frank coined the term mycorrhiza in 1886, people recognized the existence of belowground invisible life, moving soils from one place to another to promote plant and ecosystem health. Modern science continues to revisit the same fundamental question: does the restoration of diverse and functioning mycorrhizal fungal communities require human action? Evidence suggests that the need for active management of mycorrhizas is context dependent. Do any rules exist for when and how to restore mycorrhizas? This presentation highlights key considerations for and challenges to bridging the gap between science and practice in mycorrhizal conservation and restoration.