22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, Seminar Room
M. Catherine Aime Associate Professor of Mycology Director of the Arthur and Kriebel Herbaria Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Purdue University
Topic: Uncovering Mycological “dinosaurs” in the remote jungles of Guyana's lost world
Abstract: In terms of species numbers and ubiquity, rust fungi (Pucciniales) are an incredibly successful lineage. Together, the more than 7000 described species form the largest known monophyletic group of plant pathogens. All are obligate parasites of...
22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 Seminar Room
Kabir G. Peay, Assistant Professor of Biology Stanford University
Topic: Microbes, Mutualism, and the Nature of Soil Biodiversity
Abstract: Microbes are a critical component of the diversity and function of ecosystems. Among microbes, fungi are key regulators of decomposition rates, facilitate plant nutrient uptake and have a profound impact on agriculture and industry. Technical breakthroughs in DNA sequencing have revealed incredible fungal diversity, and shown that fungal symbioses are...