CMS & NPSO Joint Meeting 2021

Dan Luoma will discuss a group of fascinating plants that have gourmet dietary preferences. Interactions between forest plants and their associated beneficial root fungi provide the broader context for this talk. He will give special attention to those plants without chlorophyll that depend on truffle-forming fungi to meet their nutritional needs.

About the Speaker

Dr Dan Luoma grew up in Roseburg and attended both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Dan is a retired professor of forest mycology who continues to collaborate with the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society and the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University.  His specialties are Truffles; Community and mycorrhizal plant ecology; Taxonomy of truffle forming fungi; and the Diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi. His research interests are Mycorrhizal fungi, quantification of ectomycorrhiza diversity, mycorrhizal ecology of plant establishment, sporocarp biomass production, biodiversity,  rhizosphere biology. His publication list is way too long to cite here, if you are interested, look here. When not researching and making new discoveries, he enjoys fishing, camping, backpacking, photography, and most importantly spending time with his family.

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