Untangling symbiotic networks
Increasing connectivity in our world is pushing the physical limits of man-made networks. How can we optimize networks to distribute resources and information effectively? Organisms in nature inspire us forming some of the most complex and efficient networks on Earth, such as belowground fungi connecting an entire forest! These networks are being honed by evolution and natural selection through millennia and we might use this knowledge to design better man-made networks, such as power grids. Combining biophysics and ecology, I use modern microscopy techniques to visualize how symbiotic fungi efficiently build their networks, collect nutrients and optimize transport of goods.
Victor Caldas | Postdoctoral fellow
AMOLF / Department of Ecological Science – FALW – VU Amsterdam