From their devastating effects as crop and human pathogens to nutrient recyclers and beneficial plant mutualists, fungi play pivotal roles in life on this planet. Living up to their historical importance, these organisms offer a myriad of opportunities to address many of the grand challenges of the 21st century as sources of industrially important enzymes, key regulators of the global carbon cycle, model organisms for advances in medicine, and biocontrol agents of major agricultural pests. Given this diversity, research on fungi spans a wide range of academic disciplines, including biochemistry, cell biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, geology, medicine, microbiology, molecular biology, plant biology and plant pathology. Although researchers studying fungi share a common organismal study system, each of these fields brings different research questions, techniques and skill sets. The University of Minnesota Mycology Network (UMycoNet) graduate group goals are to 1) better integrate the strengths of the UMN fungal research community, 2) to promote interdisciplinary graduate and faculty research and provide students with exposure to the broad spectrum of approaches used to study fungi, and 3) to serve as an incubator for industrial partnerships and training grant opportunities related to fungal biology in areas ranging from agriculture to medicine.
We hold monthly meetings with presentations from fungal researchers on campus and will host a Fungal Symposium in spring of 2017. If you are interested in joining the group’s listserve, please contact Dana Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathryn Bushley (email@example.com).
The primary contact for this group is Kathryn Bushley (Plant Biology; firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional members of the leadership team are Melania Figueroa (Plant Pathology; email@example.com), Peter G. Kennedy (Plant Biology/Ecology Evolutionary Biology [EEB]; firstname.lastname@example.org), and Kirsten Nielsen (Microbiology; email@example.com)
View the membership list.
Events and Announcements
Monthly meeting, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | 4 p.m. | St. Paul, BioSci 257
Fungi Above and Below Ground: Research Reports from the Blanchette lab.
Contact Kathryn Bushley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
History of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in brewing - October 19, 2016
Flyer: Fall and Spring events - 2016-17