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March 4th, 2015
"Ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi in the Guiana Shield: A molecular perspective"
Matt will give an overview of the project that he worked on for two years when he was a postdoc at Duke University in the lab of Dr. Rytas Vilgalys. This was a collaborative project (working closely with Dr. Terry Henkel and Dr. Cathie Aime) to document the diversity and ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi in the tropical rainforests of the Guiana Shield region of northern South America. Several genera of trees that are endemic to that region of the world are highly dominant across the landscape and they form ectomycorrhizas with a wide array of fungi. This is a unique and isolated "island" of ectomycorrhizal fungi in a sea of otherwise diverse trees that form arbuscular mycorrhizal associations. He will discuss basic diversity of the fungi, the unique challenges of fieldwork in a remote tropical habitat, and will discuss a bit about the biogeography and evolution of the fungi from this region.
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DID YOU KNOW...
Mushrooms have religious importance in many cultures, including the North American Indians. The Blackfoot Indians believed puffballs were stars that fell to Earth.
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