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November 1st, 2017
David S. Hibbett
"The Diversity of Mushrooms"
Our speaker this month is David Hibbett, Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University and professor at Clark University, Worcester MA. The diversity of mushrooms is staggering - about 21,000 species have been discovered so far, and the list keeps growing. For most of human history, the only features available to describe mushrooms were those that could be observed directly, first with the naked eye and later with increasingly sophisticated microscopes. Beginning in the late 1980s, mycologists started to use DNA to identify mushrooms and untangle their complex relationships. Today, we have a rich understanding of the diversity and evolution of mushrooms and other fungi, derived from an ever-expanding database of molecular sequences. In this talk, David will present selected stories from the history of mushroom evolution, through the lens of phylogenetic trees, the branching diagrams that reflect genealogical relationships.
As always, try to come around 6:15 to meet, greet, and share in some snacks!
MCG features monthly meetings each year between February and November on a variety of fungi-related topics. To view some of our previous meetings go HERE.
DID YOU KNOW...
The oyster mushroom was first cultivated in Germany as a subsistence measure during World War I
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