Five Fungi That Changed the World
with Joey Spatafora, professor, Oregon State Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
Without fungi, human life would be very different. No beer or cheese. No penicillin or cyclosporin antibiotics. Our forests would be far less resilient and productive. And we’d be swimming in every manner of waste product. Despite their contributions to human civilization, we know little about this diverse group of organisms. Joey Spatafora will offer a glimpse at five groups of fungi that illustrate the importance of these organisms to medicine, food and the environment.
Joey Spatafora earned his BS (1986) in zoology from Louisiana Tech University. He received his Ph.D. (1992) in botany from Louisiana State University, and he did his postdoctoral research (1993-1994) in mycology at Duke University. In 1995, he joined the faculty of Oregon State University. Joey has worked in a number of areas of fungal evolutionary biology including fungal pathogens of insects, population biology of ectomycorrhizal fungi (organisms that form symbiotic relationships with plants) and phylogenetics of the fungal tree of life. More recently, his research has focused on comparative genomics with an emphasis on evolution of host-jumping and nutritional modes.
Held on the second Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by OMSI, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra Magazine at Oregon State University.
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