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MSA Student Blog
By SuperUser Account on 11/25/2013 4:18 PM
Symposium organized by the MSA Student Section 2013-2014 Functional traits determine where fungi can live, how they evolve, and what other organisms they interact with. Traits can be (micro- or macro-) morphological, such as spore and fruiting body shape, as well as ecological, such as drought-tolerance, virulence, and the ability to digest cellulose. Differences among fungal traits can influence ecosystem processes. From a molecular perspective, fungal functional genes have been identified and measured directly in communities. Investigating fungal traits will advance our understanding of pattern and function at different levels of organization (taxa, populations, communities, ecosystems).

This symposium discusses the evolution of selected traits and how key attributes of fungal taxa influence their environment and stress response. New trait databases have been launched to (1) centralize current knowledge on fungal traits,...
By SuperUser Account on 10/1/2013 3:33 AM

I wrote a small piece for the latest issue of FUNGI Magazine. Hebeloma (Fr.) Kumm. (Basidiomycota, Agaricales, Cortinariaceae) is a genus of ectomycorrhizal fungi, which may turn out to be an interesting tool in the field of forensic mycology. Read it here!

Haelewaters D, 2013. FUNGI Magazine 6 (3): 47-48.
By SuperUser Account on 9/30/2013 11:54 AM
This summer a number of peregrine mycologists gathered at the MSA-APS Joint Meeting in Austin, Texas. The local weather was more than warm - traveling outside was like walking through an overheated, humid incubator full of thermophilic Candida. But once inside the conference center, the air conditioned halls lichened to a giant walk-in fridge, creating a chilled and pleasant environment for communicating all things Mycology.

It was my first time attending MSA, and from what I’ve been told, the joint conference was much larger than typical MSA meetings. It was impossible to attend everything of interest, such that I wished I was more fungal in nature, capable of asexual reproduction via breaking, becoming several smaller individuals and dispersing to more talks simultaneously. The following are highlights of some of the symposia and events I was able to witness in my entirety.

Early afternoon on Sunday, August 11th found me in the Technical Session on Fungal Molecular Systematics and Evolution, moderated by David Hibbett. I discovered that I may be able to impress people at parties by referring to wood as “lignocellulose”, and that the phrase “rot plots” exists. I also learned about new techniques for examining fossil fungi, that perylene is just one of many fungal biomarkers, and soft rot is relatively common in extreme environments. That evening, two labmates and I ventured to Amy’s Ice Cream, an ice cream parlor whose shtick is throwing ice cream at their guests. I successfully caught not only the small sample spoon, but also a scoop of ice cream thrown across two lanes of traffic, at night, and was awarded my ice cream free of charge.

By SuperUser Account on 6/19/2013 5:51 AM
During this year’s annual meeting in Austin TX, the Mycological Society of America will continue to develop its Student Section. This student-run group within the MSA has as its goal to facilitate communication among students of the Society as well as provide opportunities for them to network with other students in their own fields and beyond. It will also be valuable in stimulating future collaborative research among student members of MSA, involved in different areas of study. The Student Section is open and inclusive, welcoming the participation of all students in strengthening this group. We look forward to your participation in our mixer and hope you can also join us at our future events.

History The Student Section was initiated in Fairbanks 2011 and launched in 2012 at the annual MSA meeting in New...