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By SuperUser Account on 7/25/2014 5:31 AM
At University of Minnesota, Department of Plant Pathology (link below) Graduate Student Position-Figueroa Schilling
By SuperUser Account on 7/23/2014 10:17 AM
The Smith Lab in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Florida is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for Fall 2014 to work on a recently funded NSF proposal “Symbiotic ectomycorrhizal fungi in southern South America – macroecology and evolutionary history from community to landscape scale.” This is a 1-year position with the possibility of extension for up to 3 years. Project: This project will document the biodiversity and biogeography of ectomycorrhizal fungi in southern South America, with a focus on native trees in the genera Nothofagus and Salix. This work will use a combination of environmental DNA sequencing and specimen-based sampling to explore the effects of environmental factors (such as soil pH, host plant density, and host diversity) on diversity and community structure of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Phylogenetic methods will also be used to explore the evolutionary history of fungi from...
By SuperUser Account on 7/14/2014 2:51 AM
Assistant Professor Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi Oregon State University The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (http://bpp.oregonstate.edu/) seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure-track faculty position in Evolutionary Ecology of Plants or Fungi. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of Evolutionary Ecology. The research specialization within evolutionary ecology is open and includes, but is not limited to: plants, fungi, or plant-fungal interactions (e.g., mycorrhizae, endophytes, pathogens, etc.). Emphasis is placed on research that integrates across multiple levels of inquiry and combines field, experimental, laboratory and/or computational approaches, and is relevant to natural resources and/or agriculture. The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in introductory courses and/or in area of expertise; mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Environmental Science or related programs; and act as advisor and research mentor to undergraduate students....
By SuperUser Account on 7/8/2014 7:24 AM
The Forest Entomology and Symbiology team at the University of Florida is seeking TWO POSTDOCS: Postdoc 1: FUNGAL TAXONOMY. - Discover and describe lots of new fungal symbionts of insects using culturing, multi-marker genotyping, and imaging technology of your choice. Postdoc 2: FUNGAL METAGENOMICS. - Characterize communities of fungal symbionts inside beetles using high-throughput shotgun sequencing of fungal ribosomal RNA. Our team studies the symbiosis between wood boring insects and fungi (www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org). Our projects range from fundamental research on coevolution to management of invasive pests in the world’s forests. Our team is young, growing, and heavily multidisciplinary – join us! Both postdocs will also collaborate with the UF Mycological Herbarium, the UF Forest Pathology lab, and the UF Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research. Apply by email to hulcr@ufl.edu with the subject header “Symbiosis postdoc 2014”, and specify which project you are interested in. Please submit your CV (include evidence of ability to get projects finished and papers written) and contacts to three most recent supervisors. ...
By SuperUser Account on 7/1/2014 5:07 AM
Re-domesticating an ancient domesticated fungus A 4-year PhD position is available in my lab at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. This NWO funded project will study adaptations of the Termitomyces fungi cultivated by fungus-growing termites to a symbiotic lifestyle. The work will use in vitro microbial techniques to study life-history traits (mycelial growth and asexual spore production and details of enzyme production) of Termitomyces strains, followed by genetic analyses. We have a collection of more than 100 Termitomyces strains, associated with the three most common genera of fungus-growing termites and recently the genome of one strain has been sequenced. The primary goal of this project is to gain fundamental insight in functional aspects of coevolution and mutualistic symbiosis. Ultimately, this knowledge may be used for the artifical cultivation of the highly valued mushrooms formed by Termitomyces. Attempts to cultivate this fungus have been unsuccessful, because essential knowledge of the...