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Virtual Seminars Jan-June 2021

AMS is making the most of the COVID crisis and bringing to you the latest in mycology research directly to you... online. You'll be able to learn from experts in medical mycology, biotechnology, environmental microbiology, plant and animal pathology, taxonomy and systematics, and phylogenetics.


Our seminars occur on the last Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm AEDT. Talks are 30 minutes long and are followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience. See below for the latest schedule of talks.

To attend a seminar, register via the zoom link provided prior to the date. Some seminars will be recorded and available for registered attendees to view.

This regular event will be hosted on Zoom and is free but if you'd like to join AMS, you can sign up here.

Please note, memberships are on a calendar year basis and there are discounts available for students and retirees.

If you are interested in presenting your mycological research, please get in touch with the AMS council.

28th April 2021

Professor Ana Traven,

ARC Future Fellow and co-Head of the Infection and Immunity Research Program at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University


Metabolic drives of host-pathogen interactions in fungal infections

Pathogens use sophisticated mechanisms to evade immune responses and drive infections. Our recent work showed how Candida pathogens control innate immunity by metabolic and morphological switches that drive host suicide programs and inflammatory activation.

26th May 2021

Dr Sarah Sapsford,

Post Doctoral Fellow, Fungal and Disease Ecology, University of Canterbury


How fungi can change ecosystems

Fungi play distinct functional roles in ecosystems as pathogens, decomposers and mutualists and are thus important in shaping communities. I will present two case studies on how fungi can change ecosystems and how these fungi interact with other members of their community.

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30th June 2021

Professor Treena Burgess,

Research Director at Institute, Research and Innovation, Murdoch University

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Urban forests; bridge-heads and sentinels for Phytophthora introductions

Recent studies of the routes of worldwide introductions of alien organisms suggest that many widespread invasions could have stemmed not from the native range but from a particularly successful invasive population, which serves as the source of colonists for remote new territories. This phenomenon is known as the bridgehead effect. Urban forests are an attractive proposition to invasive pests; they consist of a mixture of native and exotic plant species; the environmental conditions are often not ideal for the tree resulting in stress which is further exacerbated by weed pressure, salinity, drought, excess nutrients, the heat island effect and fragmentation.  In addition, the urban forest consists of a range of environments, from intensely managed spaces to conservation areas.  We have studied this phenomenon in Perth, Western Australia, a city situated in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots (the southwest botanical province).  Due to the enormous impact of Phytophthora cinnamomi in the region, there has been extensive sampling within natural vegetation over 40 years, providing an incomparable background dataset. Urban studies have only just begun, and yet more than twice the number of species have been found associated with declining trees within the city compared to native vegetation in the whole of the southwest of Western Australia.


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