27th Fungal Genetics Conference

Dimitris Floudas and I recently attended the 27th Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, California. Dimitris’s talk, in the “Genomics and biochemistry of degradation of complex molecules in the environment” session, was titled “Parallel losses of genes associated with saprotrophy in ectomycorrhizal Agaricomycotina lineages”. My talk, in the “Fungal Evo-Devo” session, was “Comparative developmental morphology in lentinoid mushrooms: toward a new fungal evo-devo?”). Here are some images from my presentation showing some of my favorite mushrooms fruited in culture:

Secotioid form of Lentinus tigrinus.

Secotioid form of Lentinus tigrinus.

Coralloid form of Lentinus tigrinus.

Coralloid form of Lentinus tigrinus.

Secotioid and agaricoid forms of Lentinus tigrinus.

Secotioid and agaricoid forms of Lentinus tigrinus.

Panus rudis.

Panus rudis.

Panus fulvus. This fungus fruits from a pseudosclerotium, normally formed within a log. This fungus, grown in culture, produced a pseudosclerotium deep inside the spawn block, which I only discovered as I was scraping out the culture bottle in defeat.

Panus fulvus fruiting from a pseudosclerotium formed inside of the spawn block.

Polyporus arcularius on malt extract agar.

Polyporus arcularius on malt extract agar.

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