Cranfield University, UK

Jonathan Adams is Professor of Soil Biology at Cranfield University, UK. He has a BA in Botany from Oxford University, and a PhD in Quaternary Geology from Universite de Aix-Marseille II. He held academic positions at Rutgers University and at Seoul National University before joining Cranfield in 2017. He has authored around 130 published papers (including papers in Nature and ISME) and two books. After working on the global carbon cycle and paleoenvironments, he now focuses on environmental DNA and its potential for understanding ecological processes.

Talk: Soil fungal diversity in grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau: Is it driven by plant diversity and productivity?
Outline: It is unclear whether soil fungal diversity correlates with the diversity and productivity of plant communities. Previous studies have revealed inconsistent correlations between fungal diversity and plant diversity from local to global scales, and there is a lack of information about the diversity-diversity and productivity-diversity relationships for fungi in al-pine regions. We investigated the relationships between soil fungal diversity, plant diversity and productivity across 60 grassland sites on the Tibetan Plateau, using metagenetics for fungal identification. Fungal alpha and beta diversities were best explained by plant alpha and beta diversities, respectively, when accounting for environmental drivers and geographic distance. Our study points to a predominant effect of plant diversity, along with other factors such as car-bon : nitrogen (C : N) ratio, soil phosphorus and dissolved organic carbon, on soil fungal richness.

Session 1: Exploring Interactions within Phytobiomes
Wednesday 5 December