Rhododendron model system

Pictured (L-R): Nick Schlosser, Alexis Balog, Dr. Jean Burns, Evan Fritzke, and Yu Liu at Holden Arboretum, summer 2018.

Ph.D. student Yu Liu's research is exploring the role of soil microbes in disease resistance to the devastating pathogen root rot in Rhododendron.

Collaborative work with Juliana Medeiros and others (Medeiros et al. 2017) at Holden Arboretum has explored the roles of environment and evolution in structuring Rhododendron root functional traits.

Jean serves on the steering committee for this international research network.

Medeiros, Juliana S., Yu Liu, and Jean H. Burns. 2019. The Unique Value of Genus Rhododendron for Investigating the Evolutionary Ecology of Root-microbe Interactions. Rhododendrons International. 3: 66-81.

Medeiros, Juliana S. Jean H. Burns, Jaynell Nicholson, Louisa Rogers, and Oscar Valverde-Barrantes. 2017. Decoupled leaf and root carbon economics is a key component in the ecological diversity and evolutionary divergence of deciduous and evergreen lineages of genus Rhododendron. American Journal of Botany. doi: 10.3732/ajb.170005

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