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Part of the aim of AMS is to make Mycological Research more accessible and to amplify the efforts of mycologists in Australasia and around the world. Join us for some of the latest and most exciting mycology-focused seminars, in the comfort of your home or office! You'll be able to learn from experts in medical mycology, biotechnology, environmental microbiology, plant and animal pathology, taxonomy and systematics, and phylogenetics.  Seminars normally occur on the last Wednesday of each month at 12:00pm (Sydney time) with any exceptions highlighted. Talks are 30 minutes long and are followed by 15 minutes of questions from the audience. Zoom links are provided prior to the date where you can register to attend.


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Announcing: The AMS Virtual Seminar Program for 2023!


25th January 2023: Dr Carlos A. Aguilar-Trigueros

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Australia

Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

TOPIC: Functional groups shape the size and function of spores across the Fungal Kingdom


Summary: Theory predicts that spore size influences how successful fungi are at dispersing to and colonizing new habitats, yet a synthesis of empirical data testing this prediction across the fungal kingdom has not been done. Here we performed such a synthesis by assembling a database of fungal offspring morphology covering over 25,000 species and combining these data to databases of fungal functional groups (including pathogenic and mutualistic fungi of plant and animals), worldwide distribution fungal species and phylogeny. We tested a) whether spore size differs between distinct taxonomic and functional groups; and b) whether spore size influences the worldwide distribution of species and whether that influence varies among functional groups. We found that functional groups drive variation in spore size, but this effect was stronger on plant pathogenic fungi in the Ascomycota compared to other fungal groups. We also found that species with smaller spore sizes tend to have larger distribution, but this trend is only observed among free-living functional groups (i.e., saprotrophs) and not in host-associated fungi. Our findings suggest that evolutionary shifts have influenced spore size and its function differently according to functional lifestyles.

Talk details to be confirmed for the following speakers:

22nd February: Dr Kylie Ireland

29th March: Professor Ian Dickie

26th April: Professor Bernard Slippers

25th May: Dr Anna Hopkins

28th June: You, your colleague or your student?!

Past Virtual Seminars (2022)

October: Assistant Prof Jessie Uehling Watch on YouTube

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University

​Bacterial endosymbionts in the Mucoromycota fungi, lessons from comparative genomics

September: Professor Roger Shivas (This talk was not recorded)

University of Southern Queensland

Saving planet Earth - re-evaluating taxonomic best practices 

August: Dr Anthony Young Watch on YouTube

University of Queensland

​A Streak Through History: Cracking the Sugarcane Chlorotic Streak Disease Riddle  

July: Drs Krista Plett and Sophia Callaghan Watch on YouTube

NSW Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety

​Biosecurity Behind the Scenes  

June 29, 2022: Dr Camille Truong Watch on YouTube

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australia.

​Ectomycorrhizal fungi and the nitrogen economy of Nothofagus

May: Dr Kar-Chun Tan (KC) Watch on YouTube

The Centre for Crop Disease Management at Curtin University

Untangling the ‘Gordian knot’ – How to unravel a complex fungal disease of wheat by understanding its game of effector hide-and-seek

April: Dr Alistair McTaggart  Watch on YouTube

​Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland

Sex and Drugs

March: Dr Peri Tobias Watch on YouTube

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney

A chromosome-level genome sheds new light on the mating strategy for Austropuccinia psidii (myrtle rust)

February: Wayne Boatwright Watch an Extended Version on YouTube

President of the Queensland Mycological Society

Collecting and Describing Fungi - Citizen Science in Action

January:  Dr Jonathan Plett Watch on YouTube

Senior lecturer in plant-microbe interactions at Western Sydney University

Ecological Mergers: exploring how ectomycorrhizal fungi use secreted signals to negotiate host colonization

Past Virtual Seminars (2021)

January 2021: Dr Stephanie Watts-Fawkes, Watch on YouTube

Research Officer, Crop Nutrition, NSW Department of Primary Industries

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

February 2021:  Matthias Johannes Salomon, Watch on YouTube

PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide

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

March 2021:  A/Prof Amanda Black

Bioprotection Research Centre, Lincoln University

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

April 2021:  Professor Ana Traven

Infection and Immunity Research Program at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University

Metabolic drives of host-pathogen interactions in fungal infections

May 2021:  Dr Sarah Sapsford, Watch on YouTube

Fungal and Disease Ecology, University of Canterbury

How fungi can change ecosystems

June 2021: Professor Treena Burgess, Watch on YouTube

Research and Innovation, Murdoch University

Urban forests; bridge-heads and sentinels for Phytophthora introductions

July 2021:  A/Prof Jeff Powell, Watch on YouTube

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University

Switching partners - the roles and relationships of dual mycorrhizal systems for eucalypts

August 2021:  Dr Kentaro Hosaka, Watch on YouTube

National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan

Natural history of blue entolomas, from Japan and the world

September 2021:  Dr Yu Pei Tan

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Looking in the cupboard: the hidden diversity of microfungi in Australia.

October 2021​:  Prof. Levente Kiss, Watch on YouTube

University of Southern Queensland

Mycoparasitic fungi in action

December 2021:  AMS Research Grant Awardees, Watch on YouTube

Dr Elaine Davison, Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University; Research Associate of the Western Australian Herbarium

Relationships in Amanita, with particular reference to local species 


Rebecca Jane Webb, PhD candidate, James Cook University
Glutathione biosynthesis in the amphibian chytrid fungus

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