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Siqiao Liu

PhD student

The aim of my PhD project is to disentangle the effect of different land-use disturbances on the communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and understand how disturbances influence the restoration of these communities. During my PhD study, I will examine if mechanical and chemical disturbances differ in their effect on AMF and their restoration potential. In addition, I will try to find out if AMF, which respond to specific disturbances, share some characteristics (e.g. growth rate, hyphal density, etc.). With this knowledge we can improve our predictions about the effect of disturbances on AMF in the future.

My supervisors are Kadri Koorem and Maarja Öpik.