OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Roots of Relationship

Maria Garcia is embarking on an expedition. As a graduate student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, she is exploring something that lurks in the soils of Central Oregon — a fuzzy microscopic fungus that colonizes tree roots and might predict the future of the forest. But why is the future of the forest at stake, and why dig underground when we are concerned about trees? The answer lies in the effects that organisms have on one another in a forest ecosystem.