Simon is a finishing PhD student at the Research Institute of Plant Biology of the University of Montreal. During his PhD, he studied the microbial ecology of the fungal and bacterial communities in both the root and rhizosphere of wild blueberry. His research mainly described these microbial communities and the influence of agronomic practice on these micro-organisms. As wild blueberries are known to associate with ericoid mycorrhizal fungi, his experiments aimed to see if the communities of those symbionts changed with different treatments. Before pursuing a PhD, he obtained an Engineering Degree in Biology, specialised in Conception, Innovation and Bio-products.
The hidden symbiosis between blueberries and ericoid mycorrhizal fungus
Wild blueberries are known to form a unique, specialised symbiosis with ericoid mycorrhizal fungi.. Estimated to date back to 117 million years, this type of mycorrhizal symbiosis is the most recent to have evolved