• Goodbye to Karl
    It's the last day working in the Zak lab for Karl Romanowicz. Karl, our trusty research tech and in-house Yupper, was accepted into Michigan's EEB PhD program earlier this year. He will be joining George Kling's lab this fall and is doing research in Alaska this summer. During his time in the Zak lab Karl was responsible for creating and optimizing our RNA extraction protocols, moving forward several projects by working on the molecular protocols for both functional and ribosomal genes, keeping up our obligations up for our field sites, all while working as an author and co-author on several papers. We all want to thank you for all your hard work and wish you all best with the next steps in your career. We also hope you have fun in Alaska riding grizzlies!
    Posted Jun 16, 2017, 8:48 AM by Rima Upchurch
  • Peter's paper is out
    Peter's paper on the role of ECM in SOM and N-cycling is out in New Phytologist. It is titled "Ectomycorrhizal fungi and the enzymatic liberation of nitrogen from soil organic matter: why evolutionary history matters" and can be found at doi.org/10.1111/nph.14598. Congrats to Peter!
    Posted May 23, 2017, 7:53 AM by Rima Upchurch
  • Commentary for Science
    Don is a co-author on a recently published technical comment (Norby et al, Technical comment, January 2017) in Science titled Comment on “Mycorrhizal association as a primary control of the CO2 fertilization effect”. The comment is in response to the publication by Terrer et al. (Reports, 1 July 2016, p. 72) which used meta-analysis of CO2 enrichment sites and suggested that plant growth depends on the interaction between mycorrhizal fungi and soil nitrogen availability. The comment challenges key analysis choices, including which response metrics they used (biomass) and which data sets were incorporated. There is a response to this comment by Terrer et al also out in Science. 
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:42 AM by Rima Upchurch
  • Lauren's paper is out
    Lauren Cline, a former graduate student in the lab now post-doc at Minnesota, has a publication with our lab that is now published. The manuscript, titled "Soil microbial communities and elk foraging intensity: implications for soil biogeochemical cycling in the sagebrush steppe", was accepted last year and is now online in Ecology Letters. The link for the paper is here. Congrats Lauren!
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 10:42 AM by Rima Upchurch
  • Karl's article in special issue of FEMS
    A joint thematic issue of FEMS Microbiology Ecology, FEMS Microbiology Letters and FEMS Microbiology Reviews on Ecology of Soil Microorganisms, edited by Petr Baldrian, Wietse de Boer, Kornelia Smalla and Angela Sessitsch, was published online in December. It included Karl's article "Active microorganisms in forest soils differ from the total community yet are shaped by the same environmental factors: the influence of pH and soil moisture". A link to the theme issue can be found here: http://www.femsjournals.com/content/thematic-issue-ecology-soil-microorganisms. Congrats to Karl for this awesome achievement and recognition of your work!
    Posted Jan 9, 2017, 7:07 AM by Rima Upchurch
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