May 6 – 7, 2021
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)
Prof. Chengshu Wang’s Lab in the Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai is studying entomopathogenic fungi and fungal-insect interactions. Prof. Sibao Wang from te same Center gave us an introduction to the mosquito microbiome research.
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:
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!
Visit of Professor Jonathan Adams and Dr. Bin Song from the School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing.
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.
Today, a cryo-SEM session for the collection of the putative new species of Trichoderma from China has been completed.