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.

“First Science Symposium: ATOM” in Mexico

DNA Barcoding of Trichoderma for plant growth promotion

“Dear Irina Druzhinina:

Cumbres Veracruz Institute, aware of your commitment to society, is pleased to greet you and invite you to participate in this academic-scientific event, which will gather prestigious scientists, national and international, as lecturers on current scientific topics. 
The school is organizing the “First Science Symposium: ATOM”, which will take place the days 19th and 20th of November of the current year, in a virtual-mode, and the host will be the region of Veracruz-Boca del Río.  In name of this honorable institution that I preside we hope to honor your distinguished participation in our event with the conference “DNA Barcoding of fungi: the fungal “Agent 47” that kills pests” on Thursday, November 20th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. “

A Zoom talk on the "First Science Symposium: ATOM" in Mexico
A Zoom talk on the “First Science Symposium: ATOM” in Mexico

Curriculum Vitae

Irina S. Druzhinina, Ph.D.

PROFESSIONAL ADDRESS

Nanjing Agricultural University, College of Resources and Environmental Sciences.

FungiG Fungal Genomics Laboratory www.FungiG.org

Weigang NO. 1, Nanjing, P.R. China, 210095 Tel +86 15 996344211 Email: Irina.druzhinina@njau.edu.cn

CURRENT POSITIONS

Professor (Full), Research Group Leader

Editor, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ASM

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1981 – 1991 Gymnasium with emphasis on Mathematics & Physics, school-leaving certificate with honor, Moscow, Russia
  • 1991 – 1996 Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology, Dept. of Mycology & Algology, Russia. Diploma with honor degree: Botany and Ecology, Mycology and Algology
  • 1996 – 1997 Post-graduate course (Philosophy, Mycology, Genetics of Populations) at the Lomonosov’s Moscow University, Russia
  • 1998 Ratification of Master’s degree in University of Vienna, Austria
  • 1998 – 2001 PhD study in the Institute of Botany, University of Vienna, Austria, Doctor of natural sciences, specialization on Botany, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2001 PhD degree (Doctor of natural science) University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2011 Habilitation on Microbiology (“Privatdozentin”) TU Wien, Vienna, Austria

PROFESSIONAL LIFE

  • 2002 Postdoc Researcher in the Institute of Risk Research, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2002 – 2003 Postdoc Researcher in the Institute of Chemical Engineering, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 2002 – 2007 Scientific secretary of the International Subcommission on Trichoderma and Hypocrea of IUMS, International Commission on Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF)
  • 2003 – 2014 University assistant in the Institute of Chemical Engineering, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • since 2003 Leader of the Project Group Fungal Diversity and Evolution
  • since 2002 Responsible curator of the TU Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (TUCIM), TU Wien
  • 2003 Training on Phenotype Microarrays, ECORC, Ottawa, Canada
  • 2004 Training on Molecular Evolution, Woods Hole, USA
  • since 2007 Chair of the International Subcommission on Trichoderma and Hypocrea, www.ISTH.info
  • 2008Maternity leave, 10 months
  • 2009 – 2010 Principal investigator for industrial project “Pest management”, BASF, Germany
  • 2008 – 2009 Principal investigator for industrial project “BioDiesel production from microalgae”, TUMA pumpen, Austria
  • 2010 – 2015 Project manager in the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB), strategic project “Targeting Enzymes to Polymers”
  • May 2011 Habilitation on Microbiology (“Privatdozentin”)
  • 2011 – 2018 Leader of the Microbiology Research Group (FG), Institute of Chemical Engineering (ICEBE), TU Wien, Austria
  • 2011 – 2013 Lecturer for TVFA (TU Wien) Seminar SCHIMMELPILZE IN GEBÄUDEN
  • 2012 – 2018 Key Researcher in the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB)
  • 2013 – 2014 Project Group Leader in the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB)
  • 2013 – 2016 Acting head (Bereichsleiterin) of the Research Division Biotechnology and Microbiology, ICEBE, TU Wien, Austria
  • 2014 – 2016 Assistant Professor, ICEBE, TU Wien, Austria
  • 2015 “Leadership in science”, hfp consulting, UK
  • 2016 – 2018 Associate Professor (Laufbahnstelle), ICEBE, TU Wien, Austria
  • 2017 – 2018 Guest Professor FH Campus Wien
  • 2018 – Honored guest Professor, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  • 2018 – 2023 – Editor in the Applied and Environmental Microbiology, ASM
  • Since 2019 – Professor, Research group leader, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China

RESEARCH KEYWORDS

Fungal genomics, fungal communities, genetics, molecular evolution and phylogeny, horizontal gene transfer in fungi, fungal diversity, metagenomics, surface-active proteins, hydrophobins, Trichoderma, mycoparasitism, microbial diversity, DNA BarCoding, phenotype profiles, microbial ecophysiology, heterologous protein production, proteomics, microbial ecology, fungal – bacterial interactions, biological control of fungal pests, plant growth promotion, tropical ecology, insect microbiomes, biological degradation of synthetic polymers

Book chapters by Irina S. Druzhinina

Chen, P., Pang, G., Cai, F., Druzhinina I.S., Genetic improvement of Trichoderma strains for biotechnology. De Vries, R., Mäkelä, M.R., eds. Encyclopedia of Mycology, Elsevier, ISBN: 9780128199909 (in press)

Chenthamara, K., Rahimi, M., Grujic, M., Druzhinina, I. S. and Cai, F. Trichoderma reesei – Methods and Protocols: Ecological genomics and evolution of Trichoderma reesei, Mach-Aigner, A., and Martzy, R., eds. Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer Nature (in press)

Rahimi, M., Cai, F., Grujic, M., Chenthamara, K., and Druzhinina, I. S. Trichoderma reesei – Methods and Protocols: Molecular identification of Trichoderma reesei. Mach-Aigner, A. and Martzy, R., eds. Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer Nature (in press)

Cai, F., Kubicek, C. P., and Druzhinina, I. S. Biofuels and Biodiesel: Genetic transformation of Trichoderma spp. Chhandak B., ed. Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer Nature (in press)

Marik T, Szekeres A, Andersson MA, Salkinoja-Salonen M, Tyagi C, Leitgeb B, Vágvölgyi C, Druzhinina IS, Kredics L Bioactive Peptaibols of Forest-Derived Trichoderma Isolates from Section Longibrachiatum. In: Soil Biological Communities and Ecosystem Resilience Lukac M, Grenni P, Gamboni M (eds), 2017. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 277-290

Chenthamara K, Druzhinina IS (2016) 12 Ecological Genomics of Mycotrophic Fungi. In: Druzhinina IS, Kubicek CP (eds) Mycota IV Environmental and Microbial Relationships. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 215-246

Kubicek CP and Druzhinina IS. Trichoderma Mycoses and Mycotoxins. In Paterson RRM, Lima N (eds.): Molecular Biology of Food and Water Borne Mycotoxigenic and Mycotic Fungi. CRC Press, 2015. ISBN 9781466559868 – CAT# K15868

Hatvani L, Vagvölgyi C, Kredics L, Druzhinina I. DNA Barcode for Species Identification in Trichoderma. In: Gupta VK, Schmoll M, Herrera‐Estrella A, Upadhyay RS, Druzhinina IS and Tuohy M (eds.) Biotechnology and Biology of Trichoderma. 2014. Elsevier BV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Kredic L, Hatvani L, Naeimi S, Körmöczi P, Manczinger L, Vagvölgyi C, Druzhinina I. Biodiversity of the Genus Hypocrea/Trichoderma in Different Habitats. In: Gupta VK, Schmoll M, Herrera‐Estrella A, Upadhyay RS, Druzhinina IS and Tuohy M (eds.) Biotechnology and Biology of Trichoderma. 2014. Elsevier BV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Seidl-Seiboth V, Ihrmark K, Druzhinina I, Karlsson M. Molecular Evolution of Trichoderma Chitinases. In: Gupta VK, Schmoll M, Herrera‐Estrella A, Upadhyay RS, Druzhinina IS and Tuohy M (eds.) Biotechnology and Biology of Trichoderma. 2014. Elsevier BV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Schmoll M, Seiboth B, Druzhinina I, Kubicek CP. Genomics Analysis of Biocontrol Species and Industrial Enzyme Producers from the Genus Trichoderma. In: Nowrousian M (ed.) Fungal Genomics, 2nd Edition, The Mycota XIII. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Kubicek CP and Druzhinina IS 2013 Trichoderma – genomic aspects of biocontrol and biomass degradation In: Genomics of Soil- and Plant-Associated Fungi Soil Biology Volume 36, 2013, pp 127-156

Kubicek CP. And Druzhinina IS. 2013 Trichoderma and mycotoxins. In: R.R. M. Paterson (ed.) Molecular Biology of Food and Water Borne Mycotoxigenic and Mycotic Fungi of Humans. CRC Press, http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466559868

Atanasova L, Druzhinina IS, Jaklitsch WM. 2013 Two hundered Trichoderma species recognized based on molecular phylogeny. In: Mukherjee PK, Sigh US, Horwitz BA, Schmoll M, Mukherjee M (eds.) Trichoderma: Biology and Applications. . CABI of Nosworthy Way, Wallingford, Oxon, UK.

Druzhinina IS and Kubicek CP. 2013. Ecological genomics of Trichoderma. In: F. Martinn (ed.) Ecological genomics of fungi.  Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, in press.

dela Cruz TEE, Schulz BE and IS Druzhinina (2010) Polyphasic approach to the taxonomy of the marine Dendriphiella species from different geographic locations. In Gupta VK et al (eds.) “Fungal Biochemistry and Biotechnology, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, Germany