MSA/APS 2013 in Austin

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We are just back from the joint APS/MSA meeting in Austin. Our lab gave ten presentations, including two in the symposium (that I organized) on “Functional, Evolutionary, and Ecological Diversity of Wood Decay Systems”. A list of presentations is below, with links to the abstracts. Here is a hazy photo from our symposium dinner:

Wood decay comrades

Speakers in the Wood Decay symposium (left to right): Dimitris Floudas, Laszlo Nagy, Emma Master, Carla Harper, Alex Berlin, Bob Blanchette, Gergo Szarkandi (guest of Laszlo Nagy), David Hibbett). Laughing at all of us while taking the picture: Amy Zanne.

Talks:

Open Tree of Life: Challenges and progress for the fungi.
R. GAZIS (1), R. Ree (2), S. Smith (3), K. Cranston (4), D. Hibbett (1)
(1) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.; (3) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.; (4) National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC, U.S.A.

Phylogenetic overview of the Boletineae.
M. NUHN (1), M. Binder (2), R. Halling (3), A. Taylor (4), D. S. Hibbett (5)
(1) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) CBS-Knaw Fungal Biodiversity Center, Uppsalaan, Netherlands; (3) New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, U.S.A.; (4) The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom; (5) Biology Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.

Phylogeography and taxonomy of Pluteus section Pluteus (Basidiomycota, Agaricales) in the Northern Hemisphere.
A. JUSTO (1), E. Malysheva (2), T. Bulyonkova (2), E. C. Vellinga (3), G. Cobian (3), N. Nguyen (3), A. M. Minnis (4), D. S. Hibbett (1)
(1) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) Komarov Botanical Institute RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia; (3) University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.; (4) Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity (USDA), Madison, WI, U.S.A.

Implications of improved taxonomic resolution in polypores—More species, more specialists, longer red lists?
O. MIETTINEN (1), T. Niemelä (2), S. Stenroos (2), J. Vlasák (3), D. S. Hibbett (1)
(1) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) University of Helsinki, Botanical Museum, Helsinki, Finland; (3) Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, Ceske Budêjovice, Czech Republic

Mechanisms of wood decay inferred from recent genome investigations.
D. CULLEN (1), D. Floudas (2), D. Hibbett (2)
(1) USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI, U.S.A.; (2) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.

Diversification of wood decay systems in early evolution of Agaricomycotina.
L. G. NAGY (1), D. Floudas (1), R. Riley (2), K. Barry (2), I. V. Grigoriev (2), D. S. Hibbett (1)
(1) Biology Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.

Posters:

Exploring the basidiomycetous endophytic community of natural and planted rubber tree populations (Hevea brasiliensis).
R. MARTIN (1), R. Gazis (1), P. Chaverri (2), D. S. Hibbett (1), A. Justo (1)
(1) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) University of Maryland, College Park, MD, U.S.A.

A critical look at comparative genomic approaches: What and how we can learn from a 1000 fungal genomes.
L. G. NAGY (1), D. Floudas (2), R. Riley (3), I. V. Grigoriev (3), D. Hibbett (2)
(1) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (2) Biology Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (3) U.S. Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.

Comparative analysis of 35 basidiomycete genomes.
R. RILEY (1), A. Salamov (1), Basidiomycota Consortium (2), R. Blanchette (3), D. Hibbett (4), I. Grigoriev (1)
(1) U.S. DOE Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA, U.S.A.; (2) international locations; (3) University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.; (4) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.

Phylogeny and species delimitation in the genus Antrodia (Polyporales, Basidiomycota).
B. ORTIZ-SANTANA (1), D. L. Lindner (1), O. Miettinen (2), A. Justo (3), D. S. Hibbett (4)
(1) U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, CFMR, Madison, WI, U.S.A.; (2) Botanical Museum, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; (3) Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.; (4) Biology Department, Clark University, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.

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