Orchid-Mycorrhizal fungi interactions; improving propagation methods for chlorophyllous and mycoheterotrophic orchids
Zoo-based Conservation Scholar Project
Oliver Hughes, University of Manchester
My research looks at interactions between orchids and fungi. For the majority of their lives most orchids are reliant on interactions with fungi, to share nutrients and gain protection from diseases.
Orchid seeds rely on being infected by fungi to germinate and grow. I am studying this relationship to better understand the biology of these plants and help their conservation.