Continuing into August, MTRI will be hosting weekly seminars on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8 p.m. These seminars will be online so you can sign up on Zoom, catch our Facebook live stream or watch afterwards on our YouTube channel. This month our seminars will feature mosquito diversity in Nova Scotia, wildfires in Canada, fungi of Hemlock forests, parasites in White-Tailed Deer and the impact of warming waters on fish! You can register on Zoom using the links below.
A forest foundation tree species, Eastern Hemlock, is threatened in southwestern Nova Scotia by the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect. This disturbance may have consequences for the vitally important — yet not well-studied — fungal communities associated with Eastern Hemlock. This study uses a unique long-term dataset from Acadia University’s E.C. Smith Herbarium to investigate the composition and diversity of fungal ecosystems of Eastern Hemlock forests in southwestern Nova Scotia, their resistance to insect-induced disturbance of host trees, and the effects of temperature and precipitation on these invaluable communities.