Fungi

Field Museum researchers and collaborators describe 175 new lichen species in a single family at once

Recent studies of the global diversity of the lichenized fungal family Graphidaceae suggest that there are a large number of species remaining to be discovered.Recent studies of the global diversity of the lichenized fungal family Graphidaceae suggest that there are a large number of species remaining to be discovered.

Tropical Lichen Research Featured in Scientific Business Journal

In an NSF-funded project over the past five years, Field Museum Adjunct Curator Robert Lücking held 42 workshops on tropical mycology and lichenology (the study of fungi and lichens) in 16 countries throughout Latin America, with a total of 648 participants from 24 countries. The workshops provided training in fungal and lichen taxonomy, quantitative methods for ecological studies, and molecular tools. Over 50 thesis works were supported through the project, both at graduate (PhD, Master) and undergraduate level (Licenciatura, Grado, Scientific Initiation), and about 20 have been completed thus far. In addition, more than 50 collaborative scientific papers have so far resulted from this project, among other topics featuring the discovery of more than one hundred species new to science.

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