The second biennial MassMyco meeting was held Saturday at Harvard Forest. As before, this was a wonderful, friendly meeting with a remarkably diverse range of topics presented, including: maternal effects in fungi, mechanisms of manganese oxide formation by ascomycetes, canker disease of jackfruit in Bangladesh, effects of nitrogen deposition on fungal communities and decomposition rates, arboreal amoeba-trapping discomycetes, and lots more. This is a great meeting for undergraduates, such as Sam Kovaka and Sara Waldman from Clark, who presented posters on their summer projects (photos below–more here).
The New England mycology scene is getting stronger, with a number of recent hires at local universities. Speakers at this year’s MassMyco included Jenny Talbot, who just joined the faculty at Boston University, Ben Wolfe, who is a new professor at Tufts, and Kevin Drees, who was representing Jeff Foster’s new lab at the University of New Hampshire (not to mention our new colleague John Gibbons, who was not at the meeting but has just joined the faculty at Clark). It will be exciting to hear from these groups and others at the third MassMyco in 2016.