NAU will host nearly 500 researchers from around the world during the Eighth International Conference on Mycorrhiza Aug. 3 through 7 at the High Country Conference Center.

The conference seeks to stimulate a productive exchange of information and ideas among mycorrhizal researchers. Mycorrhiza, the symbiotic relationship between plant roots and fungi, affects more than 80 percent of plant species.

Guest speaker Tom Bruns, professor of plant and microbial biology at University of California, Berkeley, will host a discussion on forest fire, fungi and the post-fire environment from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, in NAU’s Prochnow Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

“This conference is a great opportunity to showcase NAU’s strengths in ecology and environmental sciences,” said Vice President for Research William Grabe. “It will introduce many leading scientists to the work we do and it will generate tremendous opportunities to build interdisciplinary networks between NAU and leading international researchers.”