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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.

27 January 2021

Dr Stephanie Watts-Fawkes,

Research Officer, Crop Nutrition, NSW Department of Primary Industries


Identifying and characterising a zinc transporter involved in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

The aim of this study was to identify and characterise a plant zinc transporter involved the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. MtZIP14 was strong candidate gene, and was characterised for its sub-cellular localisation in colonised roots, Zn-transport function, and loss-of-function phenotype.

24th February 2021

Matthias Johannes Salomon,

PhD Candidate, University of Adelaide


Global analysis of microbial inoculants containing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: 84% of the tested products contained no active propagules

We performed a global assessment of commercially available AMF inoculants across three continents. 10 from Australia, 15 from Europe and 3 from North America. We observed that 84 % of the microbial inoculants contained no viable propagules.

24th March 2021

Associate Professor Amanda Black, Bioprotection Research Centre, Lincoln University


Genomes to Giants: kauri die back and the fight to save these ancient trees

Kauri tree species endemic to New Zealand are threatened with extinction as a result of an invasive soil-borne pathogen (Phytophthora agathidicida). In this presentation I will talk about the landscape impacts and the search for tools to manage kauri die back.

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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29th June 2021

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Professor Treena Burgess,

Research Director at Institute, Research and Innovation, Murdoch University