Etienne Laliberté
Professeur agrégé / Associate professor
Institut de recherche en biologie végétale
Département de sciences biologiques
Université de Montréal, Canada



We study plant functional traits to understand and predict changes in vegetation following environmental changes. We focus on soil resource availability as a driving environmental variable and on plant traits governing nutrient acquisition and use. We are particularly interested in ecological interactions among soils, plants and their root-associated microbes and their consequences on plant biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.


Recent news

  • 'Jack-of-all-trades' plants Plant species show a remarkable diversity of belowground strategies to acquire nutrients: different types of mycorrhizal associations, symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and many more. While most plant species use ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2016, 1:52 PM by Etienne Laliberté
  • Mycorrhizal fungi struggle when soil P is extremely low Mycorrhizal fungi are root symbionts of plants, and their main benefit to plants is thought to enhance the acquisition of soil phosophorus. However, when soils become extremely old and phosphorus ...
    Posted Dec 22, 2015, 7:29 AM by Etienne Laliberté
  • Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal diversity rises but then falls during ecosystem retrogression A new study has been accepted for publication in Molecular Ecology. In this study, we used pyrosequencing to survey shifts in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal communities on roots and in ...
    Posted Sep 21, 2015, 6:39 AM by Etienne Laliberté
  • Plant nutrient acquisition: more than one way to skin a cat in infertile soils PhD student Graham Zemunik has just had the first chapter of this thesis accepted in the new journal Nature Plants. Congratulations Graham! Graham's study shows that the diversity of ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:19 AM by Etienne Laliberté
  • Dunes reveal links between soils and plant diversity One of our studies exploring links between soil resources and plant diversity, which was conducted along the Jurien Bay dune chronosequence, has just been published in Science.UWA press release ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2014, 8:22 PM by Etienne Laliberté
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