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Fungal Ecology

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UH Mycology, Department of Botany, University of Hawaii Manoa

The Hynson Lab for Community Ecology is located in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Our lab is on the fifth floor in the St. John Plant Laboratory Building.

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Research focus

Study of plant and fungal communities

We study the ecology of plant and fungal communities. We are especially interested in the symbiosis between plants and fungi known as mycorrhizae.

Goals of our research

The goals of our research are to: 1) better understand how plant and fungal communities assemble in nature, 2) examine the ecophysiological interactions between plants and their fungal partners, and 3) synthesize how variations in biotic and abiotic conditions alter the ecological outcomes and evolutionary trajectories of plant-fungal interactions.

Our approach

To address these questions, we incorporate field and greenhouse studies with molecular and physiological approaches. We are always open to new collaborations, especially those that involve the ecology and ecophysiology of plants and fungi.

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About Us

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The Hynson Lab has been open since 2012. We are a diverse group of scientists with backgrounds ranging from ecology and evolution to computational biology and physiology who are all intrigued by fungi. The Hynson Lab is run by Dr. Nicole Hynson, Associate Professor in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

We are strongly committed to achieving excellence through diversity. We work together to combat prejudice and work toward equity and inclusion, within the lab and in the communities with whom we interact – on campus and beyond. 

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Pacific Biosciences Research Center

University of Hawaii

New paper on Hawaiian orchid mycorrhizal associations

New paper on Hawaiian orchid mycorrhizal associations

Check out our newest publication in Annals of Botany on the mycorrhizal fungi associated with one of Hawaii’s endemic orchid...

New pop sci piece in The Conversation on mycoheterotrophy

New pop sci piece in The Conversation on mycoheterotrophy

Nicole’s written a short piece for The Conversation on her work on partial mycoheterotrophy and how to detect it using...

Sunset on the beach with the Hynson and Amend Labs

Sunset on the beach with the Hynson and Amend Labs

Front Page News: Our recently funded work on the microbiome of the Waimea watershed

Front Page News: Our recently funded work on the microbiome of the Waimea watershed

Our study on the diversity and function of microbiota in a ridge to reef watershed funded by the Keck Foundation...

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