Hyphae of mycorrhizal fungus, stained by methyl blue, in the cortical cells of an epiphytic orchid root

Mycorrhizas in
Tropical Forests
September 22-25, 2008, Loja, Ecuador


(updated August 18th 2008)

Print Version of the schedule
(pdf file, 50 KB; from August 18th 2008)

The Workshop will take place at the UTPL
Campus map of the University, pdf file, 0,3 MB)

Monday, September 22nd
8:00 Registration
Centro Convenciones
9:30 Welcome and opening of the workshop
Octagon, lecture room 1 (basement)
Opening Lecture
10:00-11:00 Ian Alexander, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK: Mycorrhizas in tropical forests – looking backwards and forwards

Coffee break

Lectures on arbuscular mycorrhizas of tropical forest trees
11:30-12:00 Scott Mangan, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama: The importance of the species composition of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to tropical tree seedlings.
12:00-12:30 Claudia Diez, Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia: Ecological considerations on the mycorrhizal associations in soils of Andean highlands
12:30-13:00 General Discussion
13:00 Lunch in Octagon
Lectures on ECM of tropical forest trees
15:00-15:30 Leho Tedersoo, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, Tartu University, Estonia: High diversity of resupinate thelephoroid fungi in the Southern Hemisphere.

Bernard Moyersoen, Laboratoire d’Algologie, de Mycologie et de Sytématique expérimentale, Université de Liège, Belgium: Biodiversity and specificity of ectomycorrhizal fungi associated with Pakaraimaea dipterocarpacea in Guayana, Venezuela.

16:00-16:30 Jean Weber, Institute of tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Selangor Malaysia: Analysis of spatial relations between the distribution patterns of Shorea leprosula saplings and the ectomycorrhizal status of canopy trees.
16:30-17:00 General Discussion
19:00 Welcome Dinner in Casa Lojana
Tuesday, September 23rd
Lectures on mycorrhizas of Ericaceae, myco-heterotrophic plants and green orchids in tropical forests

Markus Göker, Systematic Botany, Mycology and Botanical Garden, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany: Clustering optimisation techniques to define biologically meaningful molecular operational taxonomic units (MOTUs)

9:30-10:00 Sabrina Setaro, Systematic Botany, Mycology and Botanical Garden, Eberhard-Karls-University University Tübingen, Germany, currently Wake Forest University, Biology Department, Winston-Salem, USA: Sebacinales in Andean ericads.
10:00-10:30 Juan Pablo Suarez, Biologia Molecular y Celular, Universidad Técnica Particular des Loja (UTPL), Loja, Ecuador: Phylogeny and notes on ecology of Tulasnellales forming mycorrhiza with orchids: a comprehensive overview
10:30-11:00 Ingrid Kottke, Botanical Institute, Systematic Botany and Mycology, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany: Verification of orchid mycobionts by ultrastructural characteristics of fungi
11:00-11:30 Coffee break

Marc-André Selosse, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Université Montpellier II, France: Tropics change the rule! Heterotrophic plants using carbon from soil fungi (myco-heterotrophy): Contrasting strategies in fungal association and carbon source between temperate and tropical regions


Stephan Imhof, University Marburg, Germany: Cryptic biodiversity: AM colonization pattern in tropical myco-heterotrophic plants


Tupac Otero, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Palmira, Colombia: Coevolution in an orchid mycorrhizal Interaction

13:00-13:30 General Discussion
13:30 Lunch in Octagon
Poster session
Octagon lecture room 2

Amadou M. Bâ, Université des Antilles et de Guyane: ECM of Coccoloba  
Ingeborg Haug, University Tübingen, Germany: ECM of Nyctaginaceae in the pristine Andean cloud forest
Ingrid Kottke, University Tübingen, Germany: Three functionally different mycobiont groups associated with Graffenrieda emarginata (Melastomataceae) in the tropical mountain rain forest of Southern Ecuador
Paulo Herrera, Juan Pablo Suárez, Dario Cruz, Ingrid Kottke, UTPL, Loja Ecuador & University Tübingen, Germany: First information on Ascomycetes in the tropical rain forest of RBSF: Isolates from roots of epiphytic orchids identified my molecular methods
Dario Cruz, Juan Pablo Suárez, Ingrid Kottke, UTPL, Loja Ecuador & University Tübingen, Germany: Sexual states of Tulasnellales forming mycorrhiza with epiphytic orchids in the RBSF
Leho Tedersoo et al.,Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu: Towards the global community of ectomycorrhizal fungi: missing links from Tasmania.

Evening lecture
advertised to the public, Octagon
18:00-19:00 Dr. Jürgen Homeier, University Göttingen, Germany: The South-Ecuadorian Biodiversity Hotspot: Aspects of a unique ecosystem
20:00 Dinner in Mar Y Cuba
Wednesday, September 24th
Whole day excursion
Estación Scientífica San Francisco (1820 m a.s.l.; half way to Zamora) and forest sites of Reserva Biológica San Francisco (up to 2100 m); bushy páramo at El Tiro pass (2700 m)
also see: Excursion
19:00 Dinner in Hotel Quo Vadis
Thursday, September 25th
Lectures on arbuscular mycorrhizas in different tropical regions, threat and afforestation efforts

Amadou M. Bâ, Université des Antilles et de la Guyane, Guadeloupe (West Indies), France: Occurrence and importance of arbuscular mycorrhizas in the wetland tree Pterocarpus officinalis Jacq. (Fabaceae)

9:30-10:00 Tesfaye Wubet, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Department of Soil Ecology (UFZ) Halle, Germany: Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in the Afromontane forest ecosystems of Ethiopia
10:00-10:30 Ingeborg Haug, Systematic Botany, Mycology and Botanical Garden, Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in degraded rehabilitation plots and a neighbouring pristine mountain rain forest in southern Ecuador
10:30-11:00 Laura Aldrich-Wolfe, Department of Biological Sciences, North Dacota State University, USA: Diversity and composition in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities of forest and pasture: implications for re-establishment of tropical forest trees
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Poster session
11:30-13:00 Narcisa Urgiles, Paul Loján, Arthur Schüßler, UNL and UTPL, Loja, Ecuador; LMU München, Germany: Application of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi for the growth of tropical trees
Claudia Krüger, Arthur Schüßler LMU, München, Germany: Molecular characterisation of South-Ecuadorian AMF.
Manuela Krüger, Arthur Schüßler, LMU, München, Germany: Molecular phylogeny and evolution of AM fungi - an update.
Herbert Stockinger, Arthur Schüßler, LMU, München, Germany: DNA-barcoding, molecular identification and detection of AMF at the species-level.
Verónica Cueva, Ingrid Kottke, Juan Pablo Suárez, Centro de Biología Celular y Molecular, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador: Morphological and molecular characteristization of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of wild tree tomato  (Solanum cajanumensis) and cultivated tree tomato (Solanum betaceum)
Adela Beck and Ingrid Kottke, University Tübingen, Germany: Linking morphotypes with phylotypes of arbuscular mycorrhizas
13:00 Lunch in Octagon
15:00-17:00 Round table discussion
17:00-18:00 Guided Tour UTPL
19:00 Farewell Dinner Centro Convenciones UTPL (cultural program)

Print Version of the
updated schedule
(pdf file, 50 KB; from August 18th 2008)

Further excursions or longer stay in Loja will be organized on personal request.


June 8th 2009: Participants publish remark

November 26th 2008:
Report in the TMF-Newsletter: page 11-14 (pdf, 9,4 MB)
October 20th 2008:
Abstract Booklet (pdf, 4.2 MB)
August 18th 2008:
Updated Schedule
July 25th 2008:
Updated Schedule


Hotels and Accomodation

Schedule flights within Ecuador (pdf file, 0,1 MB)

Campus map of UTPL (pdf file, 0,2 MB)

Summary of all news (pdf file, 0,8 MB)

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