Master Class

Climate models revisited: the biochemical consequences of mycorrhizal dynamics

7 April 2015 from 08:30 to 17:00 hrs
KNAW, Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0747
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Mycorrhizal fungi form symbiotic associations with nearly all land plants and play a crucial role in coupling the carbon, nutrient and hydrological cycles. Despite their importance in driving ecosystem responses to global change, mycorrhizal dynamics are absent in current earth system modelling.


In this master class, participants and experts will discuss barriers to integrating mycorrhizae into models and potential solutions, addressing such questions as:

  • What are the most critical mycorrhizal functions that should be incorporated into models?
  • What types of empirical data are needed?
  • How will global change influence mycorrhizal impacts on ecosystem function?

Attendees will integrate knowledge from foundational talks to build their own conceptual models of mycorrhizal function. We will then discuss what data is needed to validate these models and how to generate the necessary data in the field. Finally, we will begin the process of converting conceptual models into mathematical representations of mycorrhizal function.

The master class is intended for Master’s and PhD students with a strong interest in how mycorrhizae mediate ecosystem function.

The class is limited to 25 students. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please send an e-mail to if you would like to attend.


  • Dr Edward Brzostek (West Virginia University)
  • Dr Petra Fransson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Dr Richard P. Phillips (Indiana University)
  • Dr Ed Rastetter (The Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory)
  • Dr Karin Rebel (Utrecht University)
  • Dr Nadia Souldzilovskaia (VU University Amsterdam)


Dr K. Rebel, Dr R.P. Philips and Prof. M. van der Heijden (University Utrecht)





Travel is supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research.