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By SuperUser Account on 1/28/2015 1:03 PM
With 2014 in the books, and 2015 well underway, now is a great time to look back at some of the interesting mycology papers published in the past year!  Fungi are an incredibly diverse group of organisms. Check out this study looking at the impacts of different ecosystem parameters on fungal species richness, community composition and biogeography from soil samples on a global scale: Tedersoo et al. 2014. Global diversity and geography of soil fungi. Science. 346(6213). It's typically assumed that ectomycorrhizal symbioses are always beneficial for plant growth. This paper gives a different take on mycorrhizal establishments in boreal forests and the market mechanisms that govern them, providing insight into why we may see inconsistencies in plant benefits from these plant-microbe interactions: Franklin et al. 2014. Forests trapped in nitrogen limitation - an ecological market perspective on ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. New Phytologist. 203(2): 657-666....
By SuperUser Account on 1/20/2015 2:39 AM
A large number of jobs are currently being advertised at RBG Kew with a 1 Feb deadline for applications. For example: Research positions: Early Career Research Fellowship (10 positions available) Senior Research Leader - Plant Health Research Leader - Conservation Genetics Research Leader - Crop Plants Research Leader - Digital Collections Research Leader - Identification and Naming (Americas) Research Leader - Integrated Monography Research Leader - Plant & Fungal Names & eTaxonomy Senior Biodiversity Informatician Biodiversity Informatician Lead Developer - Drupal Technical positions: Senior Science Officer - Policy Imaging/EM Lab Technician Molecular Lab Technician Seed Germination Assistant Digital Collections Assistant Lab-based Collections Assistant Support positions: Science Administrator - Communications Support Officer to the Millennium Seed Bank Support Officer to the Senior Science Team https://careers.kew.org/vacancies.html...
By SuperUser Account on 1/18/2015 12:19 PM
Dear Mycological Colleagues, The deadline is approaching fast! Please nominate a colleague or apply for the MSA Awards and Fellowships 2015. We have many awards including two new awards this year: The Simmons Award and the Gordon and Tina Wasson Award (for details and go to: http://msafungi.org/msa-awards/) Be part of our celebration of mycology and mycologists! Apply or nominate a student, researcher or teacher by FEBRUARY 15th, 2015. The MSA looks forward to receiving your nominations and applications, Andrea Porras-Alfaro, Ph.D. MSA Award Coordinator a-porras-alfaro@wiu.edu
By SuperUser Account on 1/18/2015 6:39 AM
There are now even more ways to stay connected and interact with the Mycological Society of America! MSA is now active on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow by linking in as follows: Facebook: Locate us at https://www.facebook.com/msafungi where you can then “follow” and “like” MSA to receive their posts in your news feeds. Twitter: Locate us at https://twitter.com/msafungi, or search the Twitter handle “@MSAFungi” Note that MSA posts (such as job or studentships posts) are also now set up to easily be shared via many different types of social media including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and many more. Please feel free to share these posts when appropriate We also encourage you to follow our very active MSA Student Section on social media as well. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MSAstudentsection Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSAStudents...
By SuperUser Account on 1/18/2015 4:27 AM
Dear Mycological Society of America Member, MSA is accepting nominations to fill six Council positions: Vice President (1-year term), Executive Vice President (3-year term), and Councilors for Cell Biology & Physiology, Ecology & Pathology, Genetics & Molecular Biology, and Systematics & Evolution (each 2-year terms). These positions are important to the functions of the Society, so please consider nominating a colleague. Collaboration and coordination among MSA members in nominating candidates is encouraged. Nominations will be accepted through February 15, 2015. Please visit the following link to make your nominations: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S6H2NBY A list of past and present officers and councilors is available on the MSA website (http://msafungi.org/msa-business).
By SuperUser Account on 1/9/2015 11:53 AM
PhD Position in Fungal Metagenomics Graduate student position beginning fall 2015 available at the University of Minnesota to investigate the ecology and bioactivity of nematode parasitic fungi. The Bushley lab in the Department of Plant Biology (http://www.cbs.umn.edu/plantbio/faculty/kathrynbushley) is a diverse, interdisciplinary, and stimulating research environment that values ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity. The project will be co-advised by Dr. Senyu Chen, a nematologist in the Department of Plant Pathology at UM (http://sroc.cfans.umn.edu/People/Faculty/SenyuChen/MissionsResearchActivities/index.htmi.umn.edu/). The University of Minnesota is home to a vibrant academic community with strong expertise in mycology, genetics, host-microbe interactions, and natural products chemistry. The university recently hired...
By SuperUser Account on 1/9/2015 11:48 AM
Research Scientists in Taxonomic Mycology. Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario Chercheur/chercheuse en mycologie – taxonomie. Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada - Direction générale des sciences et de la technologie, Ottawa (Ontario) For anyone interested please go to the link to apply https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=256488&toggleLanguage=en&psrsMode=1&noBackBtn=true Une nouvelle offre d’emploi vient d’être afficheé sur le site FP. Si vous êtes intéressés cliquer sur les sites https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=256488&toggleLanguage=fr&psrsMode=1&noBackBtn=true
By SuperUser Account on 12/24/2014 10:43 AM
PhD-student in systematic biology at the Department of Organismal Biology Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication makes Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 41.000 students, 6,500 employees and a turnover of SEK 5,900 million. Project description: The PhD position is part of an externally founded project to investigate the environmental factors that control the production of edible mushrooms in western Africa. Mushrooms are an important part of the diet for many people in West Africa and selling mushrooms give an opportunity of monetary income. Many edible mushrooms are ectomycorrhizal, i.e. form a symbiotic relation with trees, and there are calculations indicating that the potential value of mushroom production is higher than the value of timber production in many forests. The project will...
By SuperUser Account on 12/15/2014 7:01 AM
Plant Molecular Physiologist The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time probationary (tenure-track) appointment in plant molecular physiology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2015. The ideal candidate will have a strong publication record in the areas of plant, algal or fungal physiology and uses molecular or other powerful, innovative techniques. The successful applicant must hold a PhD and postdoctoral or relevant employment experience. Applicants should demonstrate their ability to establish an active, independent externally funded research program and promote research synergies within the department and across campus. This position includes responsibilities for teaching, research, and service. Teaching experience would be a strong asset; the position entails graduate and undergraduate instruction in introductory biology and higher-level courses in areas appropriate to the candidate’s expertise. This is an exciting opportunity...
By SuperUser Account on 12/15/2014 3:28 AM
PhD position in plant/microbe ecology/evolution lab: We are looking for a graduate student to join our research group beginning in fall semester 2015. The student would develop an independent research focus in line with ongoing lab projects. We are exploring how plant traits relate to community structure and function of decomposing fungi using culturing and next generation sequencing techniques and the consequences of these interactions for the forest carbon cycle in the Central and Eastern USA and Eastern Australia as climate changes. Additionally, we are looking at the evolution, ecology and physiology of plants across environmental gradients in various locations around the globe. The student would join an interactive lab group (http://www.phylodiversity.net/azanne/) that broadly focuses on plant and microbe structure and function (anatomy and physiological ecology), community ecology, and evolutionary ecology, both in the temperate and tropical areas....