Author Archives: Rytas Vilgalys

Congratulations to Dr. Jessie Uehling

  Jessie Uehling successfully defended her Ph.D. yesterday.  Congratulations Jessie!

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Seminar by Tim James

Duke Mycology alum Tim James returned recently to present a seminar for the University Program in Genetics and Genomics.

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Khalid Hameed receives Presidential Service Award. Congratulations Khalid!

Congratulations to Professor Khalid Hameed for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service award.  Khalid received this award for his volunteer work with US AID Farmer-to-Farmer program to support mushroom cultivation in the developing world.  He and Van Cotter recently presented a … Continue reading

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Endosymbiotic bacteria of Mortierella: part of the core Populus microbiome

We recently published two papers arising from our first Populus endophyte genomes.  Here are some links along with the news release prepared for the DOE Uehling J, Gryganskyi A, Hameed K, Tschaplinski T, Misztal PK, Wu S, Desirò A, Vande Pol … Continue reading

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98 Suillus X 10 Pinaceae

As part of our NSF-funded study on coevolution of mycorrhizal fungi in the genus Suillus with members of the plant family Pinaceae, we just finished setting up a spore-print bioassay pairing 30 Suillus species with 10 different host trees from the conifer family Pinaceae.   … Continue reading

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Suillus metatranscriptomics paper published in PLOS Genetics

Our first  paper on compatibility/incompatibility in Suillus is finally out!  Suillus species are members of the bolete family that fruit in association with different members of the conifer family Pinaceae. Here’s what we report in this paper: 1. We tested 5 species of Suillus for … Continue reading

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Sept 23-25: Mushroom Hunting in Vermont—Lithuanian Style

Last week we went hunting for fungi in Vermont at Camp Neringa, a Lithuanian summer camp where I used to go as a kid.  The foray got a write up by author Laima Vince in the Huffington Post.  Even found some Suillus!      

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Sept 17-18: Alex Smith Foray Report (Univ. Michigan Biological Field Station)

Mycologists and their students from  the Great Lakes region meet each fall for the A. H. Smith foray.  Alex Smith was my academic grandfather, widely known as the dean of  modern American mushroom taxonomy, and who taught mycology at Univ. of Michigan … Continue reading

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Aug 1-4, 2016: Sierra truffles and Suilli

This pre-conference field trip to the southern Sierra’s was a repeat performance of an earlier pre-meeting foray that took place in 1996 prior to the 1st International Conference on Mycorrhizae.   That conference was hosted by Tom Bruns and his colleagues from UC Berkeley, … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Assistant Positions available:  Genetics of plant-fungal interactions.

  We have several openings for independent study and paid research assistants for projects that study interactions between plants and their symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi.   We are using molecular-based methods to study interactions between symbiotic fungi with with native tree species (pines, … Continue reading

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