Faculty Contact: Ryoko Oono and Austen Apigo (PhD Student)
This project looks at the network made up of plants and the fungi that live in the roots of those plants. Generally, the network created is considered mutualistic: the fungi help the plant extract nutrients from the soil, while the plant feeds the fungi and allows it live in its roots. We believe, however, that this plant-fungi network has a different structure from most other mutualistic networks. Our goal is to strengthen our claim by repeating our prior analysis on a larger data set. We make use of analysis methods developed in previous network science projects (Module 31) to project the plant-fungi graph and look at plant-plant networks and fungi-fungi networks. This project will also explores new directions beyond
As this is primarily a big data analysis project, there is a considerable amount of statistics and data-cleaning. Also, to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of this research, this module will introduce trainees to the terminology and jargon unique to food-webs and species-interaction networks.
- Fall 2017: Taom Sakal