Dr. César Marín. Universidad Santo Tomás, Chile. Webpage. E-mail: cmarind@santotomas.cl

If you want to be part of the South American Mycorrhizal Research Network Team, you first must Join/Contact Us and become a Member, afterwards you must indicate that you want to be part of the Team. Any member is welcome!

Our view

Being a network, and furthermore an horizontal scientific community, means that we evade hierarchies as much as possible. Also, we highly encourage labour sharing within our network.

Check our editorials:

Godoy, R., Silva-Flores, P., Aguilera, P., Marín, C. 2017. Microbial Interactions in the plant-soil continuum: Research results presented at the Workshop “Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Southern Cone of South America”. Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 17 (4): 1-3.

Bueno, C.G., Marín, C., Silva-Flores, P., Aguilera, P., Godoy, R. 2017. Think globally, research locally: contrasting patterns of mycorrhizal symbiosis in South America. New Phytologist. 215 (4): 1306-1309. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.14709


The South American Mycorrhizal Research Network is an horizontal scientific community directed towards the progress of mycorrhizal applications, research and public outreach in South America.

  • Applicationsa fundamental component of mycorrhizal research constitutes its applications to conservation, forestry and agriculture research.
  • Researchincludes many biological sciences areas as ecology, botany, mycology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, physiology and so on, as well as other areas as biogeochemistry, geology, soil science and so on. Mycorrhizal symbiosis allows for highly interdisciplinary research.
  • Public outreachdespite the fact that mycorrhizas allows life as we know it (also human life), the general public many times seems unaware of this fact. Public outreach is a crucial step towards filling this general public knowledge gap.


The main activities of this network include: events organization (symposiums, workshops and so on), diffusion of news and opportunities on mycorrhizal research, and connect local research groups with the hopes of stablishing join research at the regional scale.

  • Events organizationmainly Symposiums and Workshop at the regional or local scales, where we as a Network help to the local organizers.
  • Diffusionof recently published mycorrhizal research of South America, events and research of interest, studies and job opportunities and so on.
  • Connect: we can interconnect researches from South America or outside, to suggest common mycorrhizal research.

Brief history

In april 2016, Dr. Maarja Öpik from the University of Tart gave a course entitled Molecular community ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), at the Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales y Evolutivas, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile. With over 20 participants on this course, in the air was the feeling to make something else, something bigger and with people from other countries. This was done, also at Universidad Austral de Chile, by means of the Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in the Southern Cone of South America international workshop. At the end of this workshop, with over 70 participants from eight countries, we agree to make something even bigger, which was the inoculum for the South American Mycorrhizal Research Network.