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Ghost Stories for DarwinThe Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity$
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Banu Subramaniam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038655

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038655.001.0001

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My Experiments with Truth

My Experiments with Truth

Studying the Biology of Invasions

(p.125) Chapter Five My Experiments with Truth
Ghost Stories for Darwin
Banu Subramaniam
University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on biological invasions and presents one example of how we can experiment with an interdisciplinary repertoire of research questions, methods, and epistemologies to produce knowledge about the biological world—in short, an experiment about experimenting. The experiment under discussion is a collaborative project based in Southern California, where human-made disturbance has a very long and destructive history. Here, arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and their role in plant ecology are observed within the environmental contexts of growth, especially the soil communities of plants. Mycorrhizal fungi and their relationship with native and exotic plant species offer a great context for a science/science studies project, and this work on fungi that were in “mutualistic” relationships also challenged the role of competition as the critical driver of ecology and evolution of plants.

Keywords:   invasion biology, biological invasions, Southern California, mycorrhizal fungi, environmental contexts, ecological contexts, plant ecology, science studies

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