Endophyte Diversity Workshop with NCSSM students
On Nov. 7th, the Duke University EnDoBiodiversity team hosted Part I (of II) of the Endophyte Diversity Workshop on Duke campus.
A total of 13 students and 3 high school teachers from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) arrived at Duke campus after lunch in style.
After an introduction to fungal systematics, students discover the microscopic details of fungal endophytes.
Not only do pine seedlings have foliar fungal endophytes, they have ectomycorrhizae on their roots! Students split up into three groups and collected loblolly pine seedlings, adult loblolly pine needles, and adult maple leaves to compare the endophyte community among these hosts.
Martín teaches everyone about DNA sequencing after a romp in the woods.