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Mary A. Bancroft Memorial Scholarship

2004 Recipient: Cathy Collins

University

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Research

Restoration study that focuses on plant-fungal mutualism of native tallgrass prairie plants

Personal Interest in Plants

After moving to Kansas two years ago and working with Dr. Bryan Foster, she became interested in her present native plant study. "When I began learning about prairie plants, I was fascinated to learn that plant-fungal mutualisms help drive the patterns of plant diversity. Most plants form symbiotic relationships with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). However in Kansas tallgrass prairies, this mutualism is of particular importance because the presence of AMF plays a key role in determining whether warm-season or cool-season grasses dominate a prairie site. Consequently, the presence of AMF significantly alters plant community composition and diversity."