Current Topics in Fungal Biology
Spring semesters
Wednesdays 1:25, 336 Plant Science
Instructors: Kathie T. Hodge and B. Gillian Turgeon
We meet weekly each Spring semester to discuss current scientific articles on the biology of fungi. The course is primarily for graduate students, but we welcome undergraduates, postdocs, staff, and guests who have an interest in fungi. Some background in mycology or plant pathology and in molecular genetics is assumed. We use a discussion format like the one proposed by Vicki Cameron of Ithaca College. It means that every student participates in presenting and critiquing every paper.


2009 Readings by week
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Feb. 4

A. Fleishner, A.R. Simonin, M.L. Glass. 2008. Cell Fusion in the Filamentous Fungus, Neurospora crassa. Methods in Molecular Biology vol. 475: Cell Fusion: Overviews and Methods. doi: 10.1007/978-1-59745-250-2_2

Feb. 11

Rosenblum, E.B., J.E. Stajich, N. Maddox, M.B. Eisen. 2008. Global gene expression profiles for life stages of the deadly amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. PNAS 105(44): 17034-17039. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0804173105

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Feb. 18

No readings today. Meet the speaker: Dr. Bob McGovern

Feb. 25

No readings today. Meet the speaker: Dr. Jason E. Stajich. (His seminar at 12:20 in rm 404 Plant Science is titled: Insights into ancient and recent fungal evolution from comparative genomics.

March 4

Pringle A, Adams RI, Cross HB, Bruns TD. 2009. The ectomycorrhizal fungus Amanita phalloides was introduced and is expanding its range on the west coast of North America. Molecular Ecology 18(5): 817-833. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.04030.x

March 11

CLASS CANCELED for a grad student recruitment lunch

March 18 no class: Spring Break

March 25

N Khaldi & KH Wolfe. 2008. Elusive Origins of the Extra Genes in Aspergillus oryzae. PLoS ONE 3(8): e3036. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003036 [freely available]

April 1 Pizza Lunch with Bob Goodman (Cornell alum and Rutgers Dean) following his departmetal seminar
April 8 Pontoppidan M-B, Himaman W, Hywel-Jones NL, Boomsma JJ, Hughes DP. 2009. Graveyards on the Move: The Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Dead Ophiocordyceps-Infected Ants. PLoS ONE 4(3): e4835. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004835 [freely available]
April 15

The fungus Neurospora crassa displays telomeric silencing mediated by multiple sirtuins and by methylation of histone H3 lysine 9 [available thru PubMed]

April 22

TA Sweat, JM Lorang, EG Bakker, TJ Wolpert. Characterization of Natural and Induced Variation in the LOV1 Gene, a CC-NB-LRR Gene Conferring Victorin Sensitivity and Disease Susceptibility in Arabidopsis. MPMI Vol. 21, No. 1, 2008, pp. 7-19.

April 29

Jeff Gore, Hyun Youk & Alexander van Oudenaarden. 2009. Snowdrift game dynamics and facultative cheating in yeast. Nature (advance online publication 6 April 2009 | doi:10.1038/nature07921)

May 6

no meeting (sutdy week)

May 13

J Schacherer et al. 2009. Comprehensive polymorphism survey elucidates population structure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature 458, 342-345 (19 March 2009)

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