Visit of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Irina S. Druzhinina and Feng Cai visirting Shanghai Jiaotong University, December 25, 2020

December 25, 2020: The Christmas talk “Fungal surface-active proteins unveil secrets of the tubular lifestyle, fitness, and speciation” at the academic meeting of the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism in School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University The meeting was organized by Prof. Jie Chen (see image above)

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Eight meters long hypha

FungiG drawing a fungal cell

An interactive course on fungal biology:

Today we had a graphic test on ultrastructure of fungal cells. Each student had 1 m of hypha to draw and annotate. Fortunately, we have a long bench in the corridor.

And then looked at the beautiful fungal cells:

TEM micrograph of a Penicillium sp. spore
TEM micrograph of an Aspergillus sp. hypha

Merry XMass 2020

Dear Trichoderma Friends,

We wish you to be safe and have pleasant seasonal holidays. Let us hope that the new year will bring us luck that technology will win, we become stronger and more caring about each other and nature.


Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you all!


Prof. Adams visited FungiG

Nanjing University

Visit of Professor Jonathan Adams and Dr. Bin Song from the School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing.

Chen PeiJie (FungiG) explains Prof. Adams and Dr. Song the idea of his research on cellulolytic fungi
Jiang Siqi (FungiG) shows fungi that can degrade synthetic polymers in vitro
Gao Renwei (FungiG) talks about fungal stress

Winter mushrooms

The sudden temperature drop and several rainy days brought the most common “winter mushrooms”, Pleurotus ostreatus and Flammulina filiformis.

Image credit: Feng Cai, 2020

Flammulina velutipes sensu lato, or Enokitake or 金針菇, a widely known edible mushroom, has been recently divided into two phylogenetic species. The molecular evolutionary analysis of Wang et al. 2018 showed that the European isolates formed a monophyletic group of F. velutipes s.s., while all wild and cultivated Asian strains belonged to the cryptic sister species – F. filiformis.

Trichoderma in private

Trichoderma SEM

Today, a cryo-SEM session for the collection of the putative new species of Trichoderma from China has been completed.

It can be the first step of the pustula formation by a Trichoderma culture cultivated on the low nutrition agar, 72 hours, 25 C in darkness. However, it needs to be learned further. Image credit: Kai Dou, Siqi Jiang, and Irina S. Druzhinina.