Wildfires negatively impact conifer regeneration and growth
Ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECM) and soil nutrients are important for conifer growth and regeneration. ECM engage in a symbiotic relationship with conifers, with the fungus conferring nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous to their host tree in exchange for carbohydrates they receive from the tree. This project examined the effects of wildfires on ECM and soil nutrient content and observed how these changes may affect conifer regeneration post-fire. In 2012, the Arapaho fire spread through the Rogers Research Site located in the Northern Laramie Mountains of Wyoming. The fire altered ECM and soil ...
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